For the first time ever, a federal law recognizing the validity of state medical marijuana laws will be introduced in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) will introduce the Senate version of the Truth in Trials Act in October. Now is the time for you to write to your U.S. senators urging them to be original cosponsors of this medical marijuana legislation.
Go to MPP and follow the link to send a fax to your Senators asking them to co-sponsor and support this important legislation.
Why is this important? Currently, if you are a medical marijuana user (and legally approved in a state that allows medical use), if you are tried in federal court you are not allowed to even mention the reason you use marijuana or that it’s legal for medical purposes in your state – a horrible travesty of justice. This bill would allow a medical defense.
Once again, I’m proud to have Durbin as my Senator (see Can Congress Get a Clue? (Karen Tandy and the DEA)). If you’re from Illinois, consider giving his office a call at (202) 224-2152 and say thanks. They really appreciate hearing this kind of thing.