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Our opposition is trying to overturn Congression's decision to protect MMJ States: Time to act is now

From: RobRyan
Sent on: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 8:25 AM

Our opposition, the prohibitionist are urging our Senators to exclude the Pro-Marijuana Amendments and gut Congress's decision to defund the DEA from raiding states that have passed medical marijuana laws.  It is our duty to respond and urge our United States Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to support the recent House decision.  We cannot let this moment pass without speaking up.


I have included my own letter to Portman and Brown.  Note it is best not to use the form letter, so if you do use a from letter customize it and make it personal.


Also please send a letter of thanks to those Congressman who voted for the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to the Department of Justice's budget and an opposite letter to those who voted NO!  At the very end of this email I included a list of Ohio Congressional representatives and their vote on this important vote.


Please send any replies you get to [address removed]



Thank You,




Rob Ryan,

President, Ohio NORML

Working to legalize marijuana in Ohio

[address removed][masked]-NORML


Now is the time to act and end marijuana prohibition.




-------My letter to Portman and Brown---------


I ask you to support the House's decision to stop the Department of Justice from using federal funds to undermine state laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana.


This issue is important to me personally.  I have survived three cancers in my life.  Marijuana has helped me during the brutal chemo rounds that I went thru for the greater part of the year.  Note I had my oncologist full support using marijuana.


This amendment would save significant tax dollars, curb federal overreach in areas traditionally reserved for the states, and protect states' rights to choose how to regulate medical marijuana without fear of federal interference.


It is time to recognize the facts that marijuana is not deadly, addictive and with no medical use as defined by current United States and Ohio Law.


Rob Ryan

Blue Ash, Ohio




Your Senator Contact Info


Sen. Sherrod Brown

HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building, Room 713

120 Constitution Avenue, NE

Washington DC[masked]






Sen. Rob Portman

RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building, Room 448

2 Constitution Avenue, NE

Washington DC[masked]










DPA Form Letter



Sample Form Letter


I'm writing to urge your support for the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to the Department of Justice's budget.


This amendment, as recently passed by a majority of the House of Representatives, seeks to restrict the Department of Justice from using taxpayer funds to interfere in state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs. At the same time, approval of this amendment will not inhibit the federal government from taking action against individuals or organizations involved in activities that are not explicitly allowed by state laws.


The use of marijuana as medicine is a public health issue; it should not be part of the war on drugs. Nearly half of all doctors with opinions support legalizing cannabis as a medicine, and over 80 state and national health care organizations -- including the American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, the American College of Physician, and The New England Journal of Medicine -- support granting qualified patients immediate legal access to medical cannabis.


To deny an effective medication to the sick and dying in order to "send a strong message to kids" against drug abuse is cruel and unconscionable, and improperly interferes with the relationship between a patient and his or her physician. State and federal laws already allow the medical use of many drugs, such as cocaine and morphine, which can be abused in a non-medical setting. Basic compassion and common sense demand that we allow the seriously ill to use whatever medication provides safe and effective relief. That is why 8 out of 10 American voters now say they support the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes.


More than 20 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. The citizens and representatives from these states, as well as from additional states that seek to regulate the controlled use of medicinal marijuana, should be allowed to act in a manner that is free from federal interference.


Once again, I urge you to support the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to the Department of Justice budget.




Ohio Reps and their vote:

You can find your Representatives using


The Yes Votes  :)  Congratulate them an "Pat them on the back"

Representative Tim Ryan (D - 13)   YES

Representative Dave Joyce (R - 14) YES

Representative Joyce Beatty (D - 03)  YES

Representative Marcy Kaptur (D - 09)  YES

Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D - 11)  YES


The NO Votes  :(  "Slap them down" and urge them to change their mind

Representative Steve Chabot (R - 01) NO

Representative Brad Wenstrup (R - 02) NO

Representative Jim Jordan (R - 04) NO

Representative Bob Latta (R - 05) NO

Representative Bill Johnson (R - 06) NO

Representative Bob Gibbs (R - 07) NO

Representative Michael R. Turner (R - 10) NO

Representative Patrick J. Tiberi (R - 12) NO

Representative Steve Stivers (R - 15) NO

Representative James B. Renacci (R - 16) NO


Representative John A. Boehner (R - 08)                                       AWOL ?

Boehner is absent from the tally of Ayes, Noes and those not voting. Not too unusual as the Speaker of the House rarely votes.


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