Subject: Oppose federal attacks on state medical marijuana laws.
Dear Representative Eshoo,
As your constituent, I urge you to oppose any provision in the "Office of National Drug Control Policy Re-authorization Act of 2003" that would allow the nation's drug czar to spend taxpayer dollars to oppose candidates and ballot initiatives that would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. I furthermore urge you to oppose provisions that allow the drug czar to divert federal funds to law-enforcement activities aimed at medical marijuana patients and their caregivers.
I believe that to ensure that their patients receive the best medical care possible and do not suffer needlessly, doctors must have the discretion to prescribe the medication and treatment appropriate to the illness.
I have read that, according to a 1999 Gallup poll, 73 percent of Americans are in favor of "making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering." Also, since 1996, voters in eight states plus the District of Columbia have passed favorable medical marijuana ballot initiatives.
I have also read that marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. No one has ever died from an overdose, and it has a wide variety of therapeutic applications including relief from nausea and increase of appetite, reduction of intraocular ("within the eye") pressure, reduction of muscle spasms and relief from chronic pain.
Once again, I urge you to oppose provisions in the "Office of National Drug Control Policy Re-authorization Act of 2003" that amount to federal attacks on states' efforts to legalize marijuana for controlled medical use.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter.