Action Alerts: Hemp Food, Global Legalization, Maryland Medical Marijuana 4/11/03

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DEA HEMP TASTE TEST, ROUND TWO: On March 21, 2003, the Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] announced its final rule on hemp food products, purporting to ban the sale of all hemp food products on April 21, 2003. The DEA's rule is currently being challenged by the hemp industry in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and hopefully will be Stayed.

In the meantime, please join Vote Hemp, Hemp Industries Association, Organic Consumers Association, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and other organizations around the country for nationwide hemp food picnics outside DEA branches on noon, 4/21. At lunchtime, concerned citizens will set up tables with hemp products and information on the absurdity of prohibiting hemp foods. Hemp food products will be provided free of charge to interested organizers. Contact Nadine Bloch at (301) 891-3680 or [email protected] to get involved, and visit to send a letter to Congress.

GLOBAL ANTI-PROHIBITION RESOLUTION: Thousands of people including more than 200 legislators worldwide have signed an appeal initiated by the International Antiprohibitionist League, and launched from the European Parliament last fall, calling for a global end to prohibition and revision of the UN anti-drug treaties to permit signatory nations to enact legalization systems. The UN's anti-drug summit is taking place right now in Vienna, so please visit to add your signature today!

MARYLAND: Both chambers of the state legislature have passed a medical marijuana bill -- it doesn't do everything reformers want, but is a good step -- and the bill is now on Gov. Ehrlich's desk awaiting his signature or veto. Ehrlich supported medical marijuana as a member of Congress, but is being pressured by the drug czar, not to sign the bill. Please call Gov. Ehrlich at (410) 974-3591 and urge him to sign the medical marijuana bill into law and not to back down to the White House on this issue.

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