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CA State Assembly Member Tom Ammiano to Speak at Sacramento Rally to Support Patients

Sam Sabzehzar 2011-11-09 0 comments

Medical Marijuana Patients, Supporters Rally TODAY in Sacramento Against DOJ Attacks –┬áLively, peaceful protest called for Noon today, Wednesday, Nov 9th at Sacramento federal building

By Kris Hermes  |  Americans for Safe Access

A series of rallies and protest at federal buildings throughout medical cannabis states have begun to build momentum, and big names are lending their voices to Save Medical Marijuana.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and a coalition of advocacy and labor groups are staging a demonstration at Noon today to protest federal government’s escalated attack on California’s medical marijuana laws.

A lively rally of medical marijuana patients and supporters is set to occur in front of the Sacramento federal building and will feature state legislators, advocates, labor, and dispensary operators impacted by the recent Justice Department (DOJ) crackdown in California.

Speakers will include: State Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), and other invited legislators; Steph Sherer, Executive Director of ASA; Steve D’Angelo of Oakland’s licensed dispensary Harborside Health Center; Dan Rush of the United Food and Commercial Workers; and Dale Gieringer of California NORML

On October 7th, all four U.S. Attorneys for California held a joint press conference to announce a multi-pronged attack on medical marijuana across the state.

The DOJ strategy includes: aggressive SWAT-style raids on state compliant producers and distributors of medical marijuana, threats of criminal prosecution and property seizure made against landlords of licensed distributors, and threats against local public officials attempting to implement state law.

The Internal Revenue Service has also targeted dozens of California dispensaries in an attempt to put them out of business.

“No matter how you spin it, an attack on access to medical marijuana is an attack on patients,” said ASA California Director Don Duncan, one of the organizers of today’s protest.

“Not only is this crackdown bad for the economy, workers and much-needed tax revenue, it literally pushes patients into the illicit market and into harm’s way. We are sick and tired of being the target of the Obama Administration and we’re calling on the Justice Department to stand down.”

Less than two weeks ago, ASA filed a lawsuit in federal court attempting to stop the DOJ crackdown on medical marijuana.

The ASA lawsuit accuses the Obama Administration of violating the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by commandeering the lawmaking efforts of local and state legislators.

There has also been an outcry from a multitude of elected officials in California, including several members of Congress, State Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano, and Mendocino Supervisor John McCowen.

Today’s protest is the culmination of a series of demonstrations held as a result of the October 7th DOJ announcement.

Rallies and marches have occurred previously in San Diego (10/18), Los Angeles (10/24), and San Francisco (10/25).

The coalition of groups putting on today’s protest are also mobilizing supporters across the country to contact President Obama and urge him to end the DOJ attacks.

What:┬áProtest against DOJ attacks on California’s medical marijuana laws

When: 12 Noon TODAY, November 9, 2011

Where: Sacramento federal building, 501 I Street