Pubdate: Thu, 19 Sep 2002
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Copyright: 2002 Hearst Communications Inc.
Author: Adam Eidinger


Editor -- The sanctioned distribution of medical marijuana to seriously ill 
people by the Santa Cruz City Council Tuesday was the most inspiring act of 
direct action by elected officials I have seen in a long time.

While patients across the nation are preparing for more DEA raids on 
cannabis cooperatives by moving operations underground (or out into the 
open as in Santa Cruz), thousands of people are expected to travel to 
Sacramento Monday to protest the federal sentencing of Bryan Epis.

He is the person convicted by federal authorities for operating the Chico 
Medical Marijuana Caregivers. At trial, no mention of his compliance with 
California law or his own medical necessity was permitted. He is expected 
to receive a mandatory-minimum sentence of 10 years. This witch-hunt of the 
sick and their caregivers is immoral and is the result of a drug war run amok.

Now is the time for people to stand up and fight back (see www.

Adam Eidinger

Americans for Safe Access

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