Stop "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License" -- Action Update 5/12/00

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Last week, DRCNet alerted our California supporters that the State Assembly Public Safety Committee, under pressure from Gov. Gray Davis, had approved AB 2295, a bill to mandate an automatic six month driver's license suspension for any drug offense. The Assembly Appropriations Committee vote on the bill, originally scheduled for this week, has been delayed -- leaving more time to write and call the legislature but no time to lose!

Please call or fax Gov. Davis to express your opposition to his support for Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License, and please visit to tell your legislators to "just say no" to this expensive, thoughtless law. Call the governor at (916) 445-2841, (213) 897-0322 or (415) 703-2218, or fax (916)445-4633 or (213)897-0319. And please use our "tell a friend" form at to spread the word at this crucial time for California's drug policy.

EXTRA CREDIT: Call or fax the members of the Appropriations Committee -- see for a complete listing.

(Special thanks to those of you who helped spread the word and forward the first alert to your friends. New people have responded to your appeals, in a terrific way, so please keep it going!)

AB 2295 is opposed by California NORML, who provided the information for this alert, and by the ACLU, California AFL-CIO, the Teamsters, the California School Employees Association, the Service Employees International Union and other labor groups. 32 states, including every state west of Texas, have passed "opt-out" legislation, and a California poll by David Binder found that voters oppose "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your License" by 2-1.

Visit California NORML at Visit and for ongoing legislative information.

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