U.S. Representative George Brown (D-CA) has circulated a letter to his fellow 51 California House members urging them to join him in sending a letter to President Clinton asking him to refrain from imposing federal penalties on California physicians who might recommend marijuana to their patients. Thus far, five members have signed on:
- Tom Campbell (R)
- Ron Dellums (D)
- Nancy Pelosi (D)
- Pete Stark (D)
- Henry Waxman (D)
Rep. Brown’s letter reads in part: “As Members of the California Congressional Delegation we are concerned with the actions of the Administration to threaten sanctions against the physicians of our state for recommending the use of marijuana for medical purposes under exceptional circumstances. “
“…Federal agency officials are now threatening to revoke physician’s licenses to prescribe drugs, bar Medicare and Medicaid participation, and encourage state licensing boards to revoke physician’s license. However, dozens of scientific and medical studies since the late 1970’s have shown marijuana to be beneficial to suffering patients…”.
“Yet, Federal officials are now interfering with the expressed will of a majority of Californians. This is not a matter for the government to involve itself…”
“We ask that you reconsider your position and order all Federal agencies to refrain from taking actions against physicians and allow physicians in California to recommend marijuana in accordance with the Compassionate Use Act [Prop. 215], thus helping the thousands now suffering in dire straits.”
For more information on Rep. Brown’s delegation letter, please contact Allen St. Pierre of NORML at (202) 483-5500. For more information specific to marijuana policy in California, please contact Dale Gieringer of CA NORML at (415) 563-5858. If you live in California and don’t know who your congressional representative is, please call the congressional switchboard operator at (202) 225-3121.