Drug Czar Attacks Calif. MMJ Task Force Bill!

Drug Czar Attacks Calif. MMJ Task Force Bill!
Posted by FoM on July 23, 1999 at 10:42:08 PT
NORML's Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
July 22, 1999, Washington, D.C.: The White House Drug Czar lashed out this week at pending California legislation that would register medical marijuana users. 
   "No one elected General Barry McCaffrey to run California drug policy, but he keeps trying to do it," charged Bill Zimmerman, head of Americans for Medical Rights. "[He] failed to convince the voters of California to defeat Prop. 215, he failed to convince voters in four other states to defeat similar initiatives, and he deserves to fail now in his effort to ride roughshod over elected officials to defeat responsible legislation."   Senate Bill 848 seeks to implement recommendations of the "Attorney General's Task Force on Medical Marijuana" that would allow the state to issue ID cards to qualified patients and caregivers. Persons holding the cards would be immune from arrest under state law for the possession, transportation, delivery, or cultivation of medical marijuana. The Assembly Health Committee recently passed the measure by a 9 to 3 vote, but Gov. Gray Davis (D) announced that he may veto the bill.   McCaffrey said that the "continued strict regulation of cannabis as a Schedule I drug is essential" in a press release opposing the California bill.   For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre or The NORML Foundation or Dave Fratello of Americans for Medical Rights   (310) 394-2952.
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