Newsbrief: San Diego Medical Marijuana Rally to Go Transnational 11/15/02

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The Transnational Radical Party's ( Marco Cappato is joining with California medical marijuana activists in San Diego today (Friday, November 15) to protest the DEA arrest and imminent prosecution of registered medical marijuana patient Steve McWilliams on federal marijuana cultivation charges. Cappato, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), is the coordinator of Parliamentarians for Antiprohibitionist Action and a leading international fighter against drug prohibition. He has been nominated by European Voice as one of the most influential members of the European Parliament. Cappato was recently fined in Manchester, England, for civil disobedience in support of Manchester coffeeshop owner Colin Davies, who is now serving a jail sentence for operating the shop.

McWilliams, a vocal proponent of medical marijuana, was arrested October 11 for growing a modest marijuana garden -- one of a series of DEA arrests and prosecutions of medical marijuana caregivers and providers in recent months. He and his partner, Barbara McKenzie, have been ordered to abstain from marijuana as a condition of their bail, and they say they are suffering as a result, according to a press release from California NORML (

Also attending will be the San Diego medical marijuana task force's patient advocate, Michael Barbee. According to the press release, medical marijuana supporters have found that the drug czar's office has provided some $400,000 to local groups opposing medical marijuana. Those groups are working to thwart the city's efforts to establish guidelines for medical marijuana under the state's Compassionate Use Act (Proposition 215).

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