AlertS: Colombia, Forfeiture, Hawaii Medical Marijuana 3/17/00

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As happens so often in Congress, the vote on the Colombia drug war bill has gotten postponed. The next predicted date is this coming Tuesday, March 21. If you haven't acted on this yet, please visit to let your US Representative and your two Senators know you oppose escalating Colombia's drug war and you oppose funding the most abusive military in the hemisphere, just as that troubled nation begins to take its first steps toward peace.

When we distributed our Colombia alert a few days ago, we did not yet know what number was attached to the bill. It has now been assigned number H.R. 3908. We erroneously stated the bill was being voted on by the "full Congress." Actually it was scheduled to be voted on only by the "full House," as opposed to the committee that passed it last week; a Senate vote has not yet been scheduled, but probably won't be far off if it passes in the House. Please accept our apologies for the error.

When you are done sending your e-mail, please call your Representative on the phone -- write down the phone number when our system provides it, or call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be transferred. And please use our "tell-a-friend" form on the web site to let others know about this terribly dangerous bill that must be stopped.

Asset Forfeiture

As previously reported the Judiciary Committee's vote on the S. 1931, to reform asset forfeiture law, was postponed again, this time until 3/23. Please visit to write to your two Senators. While you are there, please also call them on the phone, and use the "tell-a-friend" form to spread the word about this positive bill that needs to be passed. It is an historic opportunity to begin to rein in the unjust forfeiture laws; if S. 1931 fails, it will be harder to pass any forfeiture reform legislation in the future. The House overwhelmingly passed a forfeiture reform bill last year, Henry Hyde's H.R. 1658. For further information, visit

Hawaii Medical Marijuana Legislation

As reported last week, Hawaii's House and Senate have both passed medical marijuana legislation. Now the House bill must go through the Senate and the Senate bill through the House. If you live in Hawaii, please visit to write your legislators -- though the bills passed once already, we mustn't be complacent and count on it happening easily the second time. The governor has been supportive of medical marijuana and is certain to sign a medical marijuana when it gets to his desk. Let's make sure that happens!

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