Thursday, January 11, 2018

ACTION: PROTECT STATE MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

From Indivisible Oregon..

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, January 11, 2018
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PROTECT STATE MARIJUANA LEGISLATION
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#Resist
#StatesRights
Oregon is directly threatened by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to step up federal enforcement of laws against marijuana where possession and use is legal.
• Oregon is one of 29 states permitting medical use of marijuana, and one of nine states permitting recreational use of marijuana.
• Marijuana has created 19,000 new jobs in Oregon, many in rural areas.
• Oregon has already paid out $85 million in marijuana-related taxes to schools, law enforcement and other services. 
If Sessions needs something to do he can work with Congress on stopping the devastating opioid epidemic that is decreasing Americans' life expectancy.
Legalizing marijuana enjoys bipartisan support. Here are two viable steps Congress can take:
• Ensure that the next funding bill maintains the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer amendment protecting medical marijuana.
• Pass federal legislation that decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level.
Bottom line: we need Congress to respect states' rights and decriminalize marijuana nationwide.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND BLUMENAUER:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the threat to our state’s decision to legalize marijuana. I want to thank the [Senator/Rep] for his leadership on this issue. I ask that the [Senator/Rep] make sure that medical marijuana is protected in the short term by including the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the next funding bill, and work to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Thank you.” 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR MERKLEY, BONAMICI, DEFAZIO, SCHRADER and WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the threat to our state’s decision to legalize marijuana. I ask the [Senator/Rep] make sure that medical marijuana is protected in the short term by including the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the next funding bill, and work to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: SEND THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Post on Facebook or other social media.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

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