I'm Sara Arnold, a Member of the MassCann/NORML Board of Directors.
Today I received the below from US Senator Scott Brown regarding my letter to him about medical marijuana. Let's ignore the "Mr" part that I get with every response, no matter how many times I say "Ms."
This form letter says absolutely nothing, barring the disingenuous "fourteen states, mostly in the western part of the US." Really? There's more than that (sixteen plus DC), and it's news to me that Maine, Rhode Island, DC, New Jersey, Delaware, Vermont, and Michigan are "western" states. I'm sort of willing to give him Michigan because he's from Massachusetts and anything beyond western MA is the "western part of the US", but I'm certain the other 6, I mentioned are quite literally on the East Coast.
Sara Arnold (aka Sahra Kant)
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From: Senator Scott P. Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 4:40 PM
Subject: Thank you for contacting the Office of Senator Scott P. Brown
To: Sara Arnold
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding medical marijuana use. I appreciate hearing from you and value your input on this and other issues.
As your letter suggests, the issue before Congress is whether to continue the federal prosecution of persons who use medical marijuana, and their providers, in accordance with the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), or whether to relax federal marijuana prohibition. The latter would permit the medicinal use of botanical cannabis products when recommended by a physician, especially where permitted under state law. As you may know, fourteen states, mostly in the western part of the U.S., have enacted laws allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and many thousands of patients are seeking relief from a variety of illnesses by smoking marijuana or using other cannabis remedies.
Several bills relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis were introduced in the 111th Congress, but none were acted upon before the Congress adjourned in December 2010. The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act (H.R. 2835), which would allow the medical use of marijuana in states that permit its use with a doctor’s recommendation, was introduced on June 11, 2009, by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA). The bill would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the CSA and exempt from federal prosecution authorized patients and medical marijuana providers who are acting in accordance with state laws. Also, the Truth in Trials Act (H.R. 3939), a bill that would make it possible for defendants in federal court to reveal to juries that their marijuana activity was medically related and legal under state law, was introduced on October 27, 2009, by Representative Sam Farr (R-CA).
Again, thank you for getting in touch with me. I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should related legislation come before the Senate in the 112th Congress. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or visit my website at http://www.scottbrown.senate.gov
Scott P. Brown
United States Senator