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Originally posted by dawnstar
If the person who witnesses or learns of the violation is the parent or guardian, or otherwise responsible for the care or supervision of the person under the age of 18 or the incompetent person, such person shall be sentenced to not less than three years or more than 20 years.'.
I am writing today to urge you to take action against a dangerous bill that is currently making its way through Congress. H.R. 1528, "The Safe Access to Drug Treatment & Child Protection Act of 2005" would dramatically increase mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses.
I am writing today to urge you to take action against a dangerous bill
that is currently making its way through Congress. H.R. 1528, "The Safe
Access to Drug Treatment & Child Protection Act of 2005" would
dramatically increase mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug
offenses. Under the proposed legislation, sponsored by House Judiciary
Chair James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), any person age 21 or over who attempts
or conspires to offer marijuana to someone younger than 18 years old shall
face a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. The mandatory penalty
for a subsequent violation of the statute is life in prison.
Defendants found to have distributed marijuana near a drug treatment
facility, or who have offered cannabis to someone who is currently or has
been previously enrolled in drug treatment program, would receive a
mandatory prison sentence of five years to life under the proposal. This
effectively means that anyone caught passing a joint near a treatment
facility, or to anyone who has even been in drug treatment, will face a
mandatory five years in prison.
Please take two minutes to write your member of Congress today and urge
him or her to oppose H.R. 1528, an outrageous and expensive addition to an
already failed public policy. NORML has provided pre-written letters that
you can access at:
H.R. 1528 has already passed the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime,
Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and will likely be considered shortly in
the Judiciary Committee. If your Representative serves on the Judiciary
Committee it is vital that you call him or her today and voice your
opposition to H.R. 1528.
The following Representatives serve on the House Judiciary Committee:
Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI 5th), Chair - (202)
Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI 14th), Ranking Member - (202)
Representative Spencer Bachus (R-AL 6th) - (202) 225-4921
Representative Howard L. Berman (D-CA 28th) - (202) 225-4695
Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA 9th) - (202) 225-3861
Representative Chris Cannon (R-UT 3rd) - (202) 225-7751
Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH 1st) - (202) 225-2216
Representative Howard Coble (R-NC 6th) - (202) 225-3065
Representative William Delahunt (D-MA 10th) - (202) 225-3111
Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL 24th) - (202) 225-2706
Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ 6th) - (202) 225-2635
Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA 4th) - (202) 225-6365
Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ 2nd) - (202) 225-4576
Representative Elton Gallegly (R-CA 24th) - (202) 225-5811
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1st) - (202) 225-3035
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA 6th) - (202) 225-5431
Representative Mark Green (R-WI 8th) - (202) 225-5665
Representative John N. Hostettler (R-IN 8th) - (202) 225-4636
Representative Henry J. Hyde (R-IL 6th) - (202) 225-4561
Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC 4th) - (202) 225-6030
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th) - (202) 225-3906
Representative William L. Jenkins (R-TN 1st) - (202) 225-6356
Representative Ric Keller (R-FL 8th) - (202) 225-2176
Representative Steve King (R-IA 5th) - (202) 225-4426
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th) - (202) 225-3816
Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA 16th) - (202) 225-3072
Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA 3rd) - (202) 225-5716
Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA 5th) - (202) 225-3411
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY 8th) - (202) 225-5635
Representative Mike Pence (R-IN 6th) - (202) 225-3021
Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA 39th) - (202) 225-6676
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA 29th) - (202) 225-4176
Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA 3rd) - (202) 225-8351
Representative Adam Smith (D-WA 9th) - (202) 225-8901
Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX 21st) - (202) 225-4236
Representative Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD 8th) - (202) 225-5341
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA 35th) - (202) 225-2201
Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC 12th) - (202) 225-1510
Representative Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY 9th) - (202) 225-6616
Representative Robert I. Wexler (D-FL 19th) - (202) 225-3001
To support NORML's Congressional legislative efforts, please visit:
Thank you for your help on this important issue.
Allen St. Pierre
IF WE TARGET ONE DRUG, IT MUST BE MARIJUANA
by Joseph A. Califano Jr., (Source:Iowa City Press-Citizen)
The increased potency of today's marijuana and the greater knowledge we have of the dangers of using it justify the increased attention that law enforcement is giving to illegal possession of the drug. But the disappointing reality is that a nearly 30 percent increase in marijuana arrests does not translate into a comparable reduction in use of the drug. Something more is needed.
Rudolph Giuliani's success in slashing New York City's crime rate by, among other things, going after low-level street crimes such as smoking and selling small amounts of marijuana inspired many other mayors to follow suit. When President Bush announced in 2002 a goal of reducing illegal drug use by 10 percent in two years and 25 percent in five years, he knew he had to focus on cutting marijuana use. Eliminating all other illegal drug use combined would not even get him close to his highly touted objective.
Even though marijuana use has leveled off or waned slightly over the past several years, the number of children and teenagers in treatment for marijuana dependence and abuse has jumped 142 percent since 1992, and the number of teen emergency room admissions in which marijuana is implicated is up almost 50 percent since 1999. Though alcohol remains by far the teen substance of choice, teens are three times likelier to be in treatment for marijuana than for alcohol ( and six times likelier to be in treatment for marijuana than for all other illegal drugs combined ).
The drug adversely affects short-term memory, the ability to concentrate and motor skills. Recent studies indicate that it increases the likelihood of depression, schizophrenia and other serious mental health problems. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has repeatedly expressed concern about the adverse effect of marijuana on the brain, a matter of particular moment for youngsters whose brains are still in the development stage.
The issue of marijuana use ( and most illegal drug use ) is all about kids. If we can get kids not to smoke marijuana before they reach age 21, they are virtually certain never to do so. So let's do more than trumpet the arrest rate. Let's focus on discouraging children and teens from getting involved with the drug in the first place.
Availability is the mother of use, so doing a far better job of reducing availability is high on the list. Beyond that -- and recognizing that reducing demand is key to that goal -- we should use the increased arrest rate as an opportunity to discourage use.
Reach Joseph A. Califano Jr., president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and secretary of health, education and welfare from 1977 to 1979, via www.casacolumbia.
Originally posted by Patriot36
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