Background: The case Raich v. Ashcroft was first launched in October 2002, when two medical marijuana patients-Angel Raich and Diane Monson-and two caregivers filed a motion asking a federal court to forbid the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from arresting them under federal law. Raich and Monson were both using medical marijuana in compliance with the state law in California, where they live. In December 2003, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Raich and Monson, making their use of medical marijuana legal under state and federal law. The U.S. Department of Justice appealed the Ninth Circuit’s opinion to the Supreme Court, and the Court’s decision on this case- now referred to as Ashcroft v. Raich- is expected in the near future.
Join Hundreds of Activists Around the Country!
The Raich case provides medical marijuana activists an opportunity to leverage widespread media attention in the wake of the decision.
You can take advantage of this opportunity by attending a noontime demonstration at one of your U.S. representative’s local district offices at noon on Wednesday, June 8 (exactly 50 hours following the announcement of the Court’s decision). A host of medical marijuana groups and activists are coming together all over the country to tell Congress to stand up for patients.
Specifically, demonstrators will be urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment to the Science, State, Justice, and Commerce Appropriations bill. If passed, the amendment will bar the DEA from spending any funds to raid, arrest, or prosecute patients using medical marijuana in compliance with state laws.
Take action in just 6 simple steps!
Step 1: Find out who your U.S. representative is and where his or her offices are.
To find out the name of your U.S. representative and the location of his or her district offices, visit www.congress.org. At the top of the page, fill in your ZIP code and click on ‘GO.’
Once your representative’s picture appears on the results page, click on his or her face to find the addresses for the local district offices. This information can be found in a section called ‘Contact Information.’ (If the ‘Main District Office’ is not in your area, click on ‘more district offices’ to see whether a closer office exists.)
Step 2: Print flyers from this site.
Download a flyer that you and your friends can hand out to passersby in front of the U.S. representative’s local office.
Step 3: Print talking points on the medical marijuana issue.
Familiarize yourself with the talking points that you can find here. In case the media or a congressional staffer talks to you about medical marijuana, you should be prepared.
Step 4: Tell your friends.
Ask your friends and family to help. E-mail your address book (or personal e-mail list) with a meeting time and place and ask everyone to be five minutes early. (Make sure you have an adequate number of flyers, taking into consideration that everyone attending the demonstration should be handing out flyers.)
Step 5: Let us know about your demonstration so that we can notify the media.
E-mail us and tell us when and where your demonstration will occur. Please be sure to tell us the exact location at which you will hold your demonstration, and include city and state (as members of Congress sometimes have several offices). Also, please include your telephone contact information in the e-mail, so that we can direct members of the media to you, if necessary.
Step 6: Meet up and take action!
One final step: Please send us a brief summary of how your demonstration went.
E-mail us and let us know how the demonstration went. Did you talk with any congressional staffers or any local media?
“When the people fear the Government, you have tyranny. When the Government fears the people, you have Democracy.”
– Thomas Paine, “The Rights of Man”