Call Campaign Targets Congressmen Voting Against Medical Marijuana 11/21/03

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For the first time, a medical marijuana advocacy group is going after Congressmen where they live. Beginning Monday morning (11/24/03), every registered voter in four House Congressional districts will receive a phone call about their Representative's opposition to an amendment that would have stopped federal raids on medical marijuana patients and providers. Over 600,000 voters will be called during the week.

The recorded messages feature either a medical marijuana patient describing her plight or one of the jurors who recanted their verdict in the Ed Rosenthal medical marijuana cultivation case. Both explain that the House member voted to continue the current policy -- despite polls showing 80% of Americans support medical marijuana -- and ask that voters spread the word. The campaign targets Representatives Wally Herger (R, CA 2nd), Elton Gallegly (R, CA 24th), Joe Baca (D, CA 43rd), and David Wu (D, OR 1st).

"We're sure the congressmen are so busy with other matters that they don't realize how important the suffering of everyday people is to their constituents," said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, the organization sponsoring the calls. "We're educating the voters about the Congressmen's record, so those voters can educate their Congressmen about compassion."

Visit http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?list=type&type=79 to listen to the recorded messages by Rosenthal juror Marney Craig and medical marijuana patient Angel McClary-Raich, and for further information.

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