Rep. Frank is looking for cosponsors for his bill, and it would be particularly great if some Republicans would show some backbone and sign on as sponsors. What is needed right now is for people to write their legislatures, particularly Republicans, and get them interested in the bill, either to co-sponsor it or to at least vote in support of it. You can send an automated letter from a form at www.mpp.org. It comes with standardized text, but I strongly recommend changing the text and putting it in your own words so that they realize they're not just getting form letters from the same people over and over. Here's the version which I sent to Michael McCaul (R-TX):
- The federal practice of overriding state law regarding the medical use of marijuana is a terrible violation of states rights and abuse of Constitutional authority. How the medical use of marijuana is handled ought to be left up to the states without federal interference.
You have a wonderful opportunity to make a real mark on this issue by co-sponsoring Rep. Barney Frank's "States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act" (which was H.R. 2233 in the 108th Congress), which would require the federal government to recognize state medical marijuana laws. This is a real chance for you to show that the Republican party still holds true to its civil libertarian values and still believes in states rights.
It is a well established fact that marijuana has genuine medical uses, as shown in the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine report affirming marijuana's medical utility and recommending that marijuana be made available on a patient-by-patient basis. Marijuana is less dangerous and more beneficial than many drugs available by prescription at this time and nothing beats it as a treatment for nausea and loss of appetite suffered by those undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for AIDS. Prosecuting the terminally ill as criminals just for wanting relief from suffering makes no sense at all.