Another Feinstein Folly: the “Save Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009.”
Would you take a moment and call your LA City Council member today, Thursday August 6th? You can use this quick helpful script for this fifteen-second phone call, beyond the jump.
On Friday, August 7, the Los Angeles City Council will vote on a resolution supporting S-258, a US Senate bill that will enhance penalties under federal law for some patients who make or use edible preparations of cannabis. Medical cannabis edibles are used by very ill patients that cannot smoke or vaporize cannabis. They are the safest and most crucial form of medicinal cannabis for the very ill. We need to tell our representatives on the Los Angeles City Council to vote no on Councilmember Janice Hahn’s resolution supporting S-258 before Friday’s meeting!
A short, simple, and polite message like this…
“Hello. I am a medical cannabis patient/advocate in your district calling to ask the Councilmember to vote no on item 12 , a resolution supporting US Senator Diane Feinstein’s S-258. This bill will increase penalties under federal law for legal patients who make or use edible preparations of cannabis. The reality is that medicinal cannabis edibles are used by the most seriously ill cannabis patients to relieve severe nausea, increase appetite and help these patients sleep. This resolution must be amended to protect the needs of legitimate medical cannabis patients.”
Can you take a minute to call you representative right now? We only have a very short period of time in which to make our voices heard.
Locate your City Councilmember online by typing your address into the box labeled “My Neighborhood” at http://www.lacity.org/lacity/YourGovernment/CityCouncil/index.htm (scroll down to see it) or by calling the city’s information line at 311.
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S-258 under the name “Save Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009.” The enhanced sentences apply to anyone who sells a Schedule I or II drug to a person under 21 when it is combined with candy or packaged to look like candy. Senator Feinstein, a long-time opponent of her own state’s medical cannabis law, is not promoting S-258 as a medical cannabis bill – but the text specifically mentions a popular medical cannabis edible that was part of a 2007 DEA raid and federal prosecution (Tainted’s “Pot Tart”). LA Councilmember Hahn supports medical cannabis, but may not intend to jeopardize Angelinos who legally use edible preparations of cannabis. We need to stop this resolution and send it back further consideration.
In January 2009, Sen. Diane Feinstein introduced legislation, S-258, also called the “Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009”. This legislation is designed to ban medicinal cannabis edibles, under the pretext that these edible preparations look like candy and are intended to be marketed to children. The legislation’s implied assertion that these forms of cannabis are intended for children is just plain wrong. Sen. Feinstein’s bill is an example of ill-informed political grandstanding at its very worst. Sen. Feinstein is attempting to use the hot button issue of protecting kids, when she is only acting to deny the most vulnerable patients access to a legitimate medicinal preparation of cannabis. Currently, S-258 is in the Senate Judiciary Committee, awaiting a vote that will likely take place this month. This bill must be stopped.
LA City Councilmember Janice Hahn has introduced a resolution in the LA City Council to support Feinstein’s bill. The City Council will vote on her resolution this Friday, August 7th at 10 am in Van Nuys. We’re asking for help to defeat Hahn’s resolution.
PLEASE MAKE THE CALL.
The following summary was written by the Congressional Research Service, a well-respected nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress.
Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009 – Amends the Controlled Substances Act to make it unlawful for any adult (at least 18 years of age) to knowingly and intentionally manufacture, create, distribute, or dispense, or to possess with such intent, a Schedule I or II controlled substance that is: (1) combined with a candy product; (2) marketed or packaged to appear similar to a candy product; or (3) modified by flavoring or coloring with the intent to distribute, dispense, or sell it to a person under 21 years of age. Imposes enhanced criminal penalties for violations. Exempts any controlled substance that has been approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the drug approval process or that has been altered at the direction of a medical practitioner for a legitimate medical purpose.