California: Advocates To Hand-Deliver Medical Marijuana Petition To Sen. Feinstein

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Over 10,000 Signatories Tell Feinstein to Stop Opposing Medical Marijuana

Petition Follows Feinstein's Recent Vote Against Protecting Californian Residents from Federal Interference in Medical Marijuana Laws

A group of California-based advocates on Tuesday will hand-deliver a medical marijuana petition to the San Francisco office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Feinstein has been a leading opponent of cannabis reform, and recently spoke out against an amendment that would protect state medical marijuana programs from federal interference.

The amendment passed the Senate Appropriations Committee 21-9, with Feinstein as the only Democrat to oppose the measure, joining eight Republicans who voted in support.

California locals are fed up with Feinstein's well-documented opposition to medical marijuana, according to Amanda Reiman, manager, Marijuana Law and Policy, with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

"California has allowed access to medical marijuana for 20 years and the vast majority of Californians support this," Reiman said. "It is disappointing that Senator Feinstein continues to be a lone voice of opposition from California when it comes to supporting medical marijuana patients."

Although Feinstein’s opposition has eased somewhat, she still remains an obstacle to broad medical marijuana reform at the federal level. Her recent vote to allow veterans to gain access to medical marijuana was a step in the direction, but this was undercut by her subsequent vote against and vocal opposition to a measure that would protect state medical marijuana programs and patients from federal prosecution.

"Di-Fi" is also a key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and advocates have urged the committee to take up the CARERS Act, the comprehensive medical marijuana bill introduced this year by Sens. Booker, Paul and Gillibrand.

What: Petition with over 10,000 signatures delivered to Feinstein office by CA advocates

Who:
• Amanda Reiman, manager, Marijuana Law and Policy, ">Drug Policy Alliance

• Rev. Mary Moreno Richardson, The Guadalupe Art Program

• Patients from Berkeley Patients Group and Harborside Health Center

• The San Francisco Chapter of Americans for Safe Access

• Ellen Komp, CANORML

When: July 7, 2 pm PST

Where: One Post Street, San Francisco

Photo of Sen. Dianne Feinstein: San Francisco Chronicle