Dear friends in Sacramento County-
Earlier this week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the fees associated with the state-mandated medical marijuana ID card program, thereby allowing local patients to apply for cards beginning March 1. The Sacramento Bee ran a brief story on this development in yesterday's Metro section
Please take a little time in the day or so to write a letter to the
editor of the Bee praising the Placer Supervisors and calling on
Sacramento's leaders to follow in their footsteps. Letters must be
less than 200 words and can be submitted here: http://www.sacbee.com/326/story/19629.html .
Please keep letters limited to the subject of the ID card program,
polite and be sure to reference the Placer County story. For example:
"In the February 7 edition of the Bee, I read that Placer County
supervisors approved plans to launch the state's medical marijuana patient ID card program (Metro, Art Campos: ID cards for medical pot OK'd in Placer). It is great to hear that the Supervisors up in Placer County have acknowledged their obligation to uphold the state law and are moving to protect seriously ill patients who rely on it. I am perplexed however, that Sacramento County is so far behind Placer and El Dorado counties on this issue. I hope that our Board of Supervisors
will see the writing on the wall and swiftly implement this program
here in the capitol county. With all the confusion already surrounding the medical marijuana issue, it doesn't help matters that Sacramento County is applying state law differently than our neighbors.
Medical marijuana is one of the only issues that both conservatives and liberals generally agree on. Last I checked, eighty percent of Americans support laws like the one here in California. You would think that under those circumstances, our county's leaders would be clamoring to implement the existing medical marijuana laws...... "
If you are unsure about your letter, feel free to send it to me or
review before submitting it to the paper. Also, I am willing to
ghost-write a letter for one or two people if you are unable to write your own. Please let me know if that is an option you want to exercise but please DO NOT use the example above without talking to me first.
Thank you all for working to help your fellow patients by implementing state law in Sacramento County.
F. Aaron Smith, California Organizer
Marijuana Policy Project
Ph: (866) 287-6792
Fx: (866) 204-1341
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"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically
active substances known. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of the substance."
-- Francis L. Young, DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge, 1988