AlertS: Legislative Action in Maryland and Virginia 1/28/00

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DRCNet issued legislative alerts during the past week for the states of Virginia and Maryland. In Virginia, activists are battling Gov. Gilmore's "Operation SABRE," a draconian set of proposals that would increase drug policing and mandatory minimum sentences. If you are from Virginia, please visit our collaborative web site with the group Virginians Against Drug Violence, at, to send a free e-mail or fax to your state Senator and Delegate and to find our more information about Operation SABRE and how to get involved.

In Maryland, Del. Don Murphy (R-Catonsville) is introducing a bill to protect patients who use marijuana medically and their doctors who recommend it. We are collaborating with the Marijuana Policy Project on a web site to demonstrate public support for the bill. If you are from Maryland, please visit, to send a free e-mail or fax to your state Senator and your Delegates (you may have a few of them).

We also sent a note to our subscribers in the District of Columbia about a forum and protest that took place at American University last Monday night. If you live in Virginia, Maryland or DC, but didn't receive one of these alerts, then we probably don't have your state information in our database. Please e-mail [email protected] to update your info, or to sign up for info from additional states.

Most of all, if you live in Maryland or Virginia but haven't acted on these alerts, please take a moment now to do so. It is crucial that medical marijuana pass in Maryland and SABRE be defeated in Virginia. Time is of the essence!

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