Descheduling Marijuana, Part 2
Senator Chuck Schumer introduced S. 3174, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.
Use this page on the NORML site to send a pre-written (but editable) letter to your Senators.
Write your own message to your Senators, asking them to co-sponsor S. 3174; use the NORML letter, if you wish, for talking points. Or if your Senator is already a co-sponsor, send them a message of thanks.
Trump Goes Off the Deep End
In an interview with Axios, Trump has stated that he will end, by executive order, the automatic right to citizenship of all who are born in the United States. As that right is enshrined in the Constitution, his boast is pretty empty, but it shows the lengths to which he will go to play to the anti-immigrant sentiments of his base. Many in the GOP have spoken out against this madness - even Paul Ryan has said Trump has no authority to do this.
1. Contact the White House by phone or email to condemn Trump’s outrageous proposal to end birthright citizenship:
2. If either of your Senators or Member of Congress is Republican, contact them to express your outrage over Trump’s statement and ask them to express theirs.
One Week to Go!
Here is a very useful League of Women Voters resource where you can input your address and find out who is running for what office in your district and what their position is on various issues. You can also choose from a list of topics, e.g. ID requirements and polling place details, matching the topic you’re interested in with your state to get the answers you’re looking for: http://www.vote411.org/
Share this site with family, friends, and neighbors, and publish the link on social media.
The FDA is accepting public comments before proceeding with a decision as to whether international restrictions on the drug should remain in force.
Use this page on the NORML site to send a pre-written (but editable) comment to the FDA (and, of course, they’ll offer you a chance to make a donation to NORML while you’re at it).
Comment directly on the FDA’s site. Note that they are considering several drugs, so be sure to specify that you are talking about cannabis, unless you have an opinion about the other drugs too. If you wish, you can go to the NORML page first and take a look at their pre-written letter to get talking points.
Comment period closes October 31 - don't wait!
12 Days to Go!
Maybe you haven’t yet found somewhere to volunteer your time and efforts on Election Day and the lead up to Election Day.
If none of the Democratic campaigns from yesterday’s action caught your fancy, here are more groups who would welcome your help to get out the vote. Check them out - sign up to volunteer!
Campaigns all over the country are gearing up for November 6, focusing on Get Out the Vote. Campaign offices are grateful for any help offered up to and including Election Day - whether it be phone-banking, going door-to-door, driving voters to the polls, or handing out literature. Many elections will be close, and high voter turnout is important. No need to do anything today, but plan ahead and think about when you can offer help between now and November 6, even if it’s only an hour or two.
1. Click on your state at this site: http://asdc.democrats.org/state-parties/
Follow the prompts to find a local campaign near you where you can volunteer, and offer your time.
2. Early voting is still underway in many states. Publish your state’s early voting dates on social media. You can find out via this site: http://ballotpedia.org/Early_voting_dates_by_state,_2018
Contact the Saudi Embassy to censure the Saudi murder of journalist Khashoggi, to demand that they revoke the travel ban on Khashoggi’s family, and that they bring the perpetrators to justice.
ACA Further Undermined
The Trump administration has introduced a rule change which would allow states to request waivers from some of the Act’s important requirements. Insured patients may find themselves unable to afford healthcare after having been tempted into lower-cost options which do not offer full coverage. The rule change would also leave the ACA pool with sicker customers and thus higher payments. It’s all part of the GOP plan to strangle Obamacare slowly.
1. Contact your Member of Congress and your Senators - Ask them to protest the DHSS rule change and demand that states not be allowed to request waivers.
2. Tweet to Donald Trump to protest the rule change to the ACA - states should not be allowed to request waivers.
3. Tweet to Seema Verma, the Trump administration official for implementing the rule change. Complain!