Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is fighting for safe access to medical cannabis in federal court, and we need your help to do it. ASA filed a brief today launching an appeal of the Obama Administration’s decision to deny a nine year-old petition to reclassify cannabis under federal law. This appeal is our latest legal offensive to harmonize federal law with the laws of the sixteen states where medical cannabis is already legal. If successful, this lawsuit will force the federal government to move medical cannabis off the list of drugs that are considered dangerous and have no accepted medical use.
ASA needs your help today to fight this battle. The federal appeal process is long and expensive. Can you be a part of this by making a special contribution (http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=lT5Ak1jlEUbbi6R1lfRSptSvkv1uYFR%2F) to support this effort (and ASA’s other important work) today? We need your support now, so we know that we can keep fighting in 2012.
As part of the Coalition to Reschedule Cannabis, ASA filed the petition to reclassify cannabis in 2002. After nine years of silence from the federal government, we filed a lawsuit last year challenging the unreasonable delay. It worked. The Obama Administration denied the petition less than two months later, setting the stage for this important appeal. This appeal may lead to a change in federal policy that will one day facilitate safe access for everyone who needs medical cannabis.
Now the real work begins. ASA’s legal team has a long court battle in front of them. We need support from you right now to be sure we can finish the job. Take a minute right now to add your name to the list of those patients and advocates who are helping to make this happen. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=YsBf2g0og0ra8TWSDfx0H9Svkv1uYFR%2F
ASA’s appeal, filed together with the American civil Liberties Union and others, will include the first evidentiary hearings on the medical value of cannabis in federal court since 1994. A lot has changed since then. Voters in sixteen states have legalized medical cannabis since. The prestigious Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Science published its definitive report on medical cannabis. Numerous professional organizations have adopted policies acknowledging medical cannabis, including the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and others. The judges need to hear all of that and more!
This is an important battle in the long road to changing federal law. ASA is positioned to make it happen, but we need your help. Join this effort by donating $50, $100, $150, or whatever you can afford today. You can also set up an affordable monthly contribution. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3q%2BiLBADntsS09u6Hg4QutSvkv1uYFR%2F
Thank you for helping ASA fight this battle. With your help, we can make a big difference.