NORML Organizes Local Demonstrations To Highlight Pending Congressional Medi-Pot Vote

Washington, DC: Marijuana law reformers will hold demonstrations outside 110 local Congressional district offices on Friday, June 4, in a national day of action coordinated by NORML, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

The demonstrations will target members of Congress who last year voted against an amendment introduced by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) that sought to bar the Justice Department from prosecuting patients who use medical cannabis in compliance with state laws. Congress defeated the provision by a vote of 273 to 152.

More than 30 NORML chapters will participate in next week’s demonstrations, which are intended to pressure members of Congress to vote in favor of the 2004 Hinchey amendment. That vote is expected to take place later this June.

For more information, please contact Kris Krane, NORML Associate Director, at (202) 483-5500.