Barack Obama said he would put a stop to federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law. He hasn't, as James Stacy discovered last September when his San Diego county collective was raided by agents with the DEA. He now faces federal drug charges, even though he was complying with California state law -- a law he is not allowed to mention during his trial.
Not only is the federal government prosecuting Stacy and others like him for "crimes" that are legal under state law, judges are refusing to let them tell jurors that's the case. In a federal court room, it is as if California voters had never legalized medical marijuana back in 1996. The truth -- that Californians overwhelmingly approved the measures -- is just now allowed.
A bipartisan proposal from Congressmen Sam Farr (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (D-CA) -- cosponsored by more than 30 others -- attempts to fix that. Called the "Truth in Trials" act, or H.R. 3939, the bill would allow medical marijuana patients facing federal drug charges to tell jurors about the law's in their state.
Join Change.org and Americans for Safe Access in asking your lawmaker to support the congressmen's proposal -- and demand that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) hold a hearing on this important legislation. It's time to lift the government's ban on the truth.
A bipartisan proposal with more than 30 sponsors aims to do just that. Called the "Truth in Trials" act, or H.R. 3939, the legislation from Congressmen Sam Farr (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) would allow the facts about medical marijuana to be heard in court. It would not require that jurors find the defendant not guilty, only that they receive the full picture -- the truth -- about state and local marijuana policies. For people like James Stacy, a California man facing federal prosecution despite the Obama administration's stated aversion to raiding medical dispensaries, that could mean the difference between freedom and prison time.
Whatever one's views about medical marijuana, it is just wrong to prosecute people for things that aren't crimes under state law -- and then to prevent defendants from telling jurors that's the case. When the law prevents the truth from entering the courtroom, the law needs to change.
Please support the Truth in Trials act and ask Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) to immediately hold a hearing on this important legislation.