Friday, June 12, 2009

Hello, Lois? Congresswoman Capps?

I had the opportunity to go on the air with Dave Congalton of news talk radio in San Luis Obispo last night to discuss Thursday’s federal sentencing of Charles C. Lynch of Arroyo Grande. Judge George Wu, as you probably know, sentenced Morro Bay’s former medical marijuana dispensary owner to one year, one day in federal prison.

Even Judge Wu seemed to recognize the injustice of it. Unfortunately, his hands are tied and Mr. Lynch now faces prison time.

Meanwhile, there’s been little or no response from Mr. Lynch's Congresswoman, Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), who represents the state's 23rd disctrict, which includes Santa Barbara. Where is she? One of her own constituents, whose story is now national news, has from all appearances received no support from his representative.

A number of listeners called in and expressed their disappointment with Lois for not taking the lead on this issue and failing to:
  1. Speak out on Charles C. Lynch’s behalf
  2. Introduce legislation to change federal laws that fail to recognize “medical marijuana”
  3. Speak out in defense of patients’ rights in safely accessing doctor prescribed medical marijuana
  4. Urge the appropriate House committees (Judiciary?) to put a check on the DEA from raiding dispensaries

Now would be a really good time for her to step up to the plate and take a leadership role on medical marijuana, and aid Mr. Lynch in his defense against unjust federal law.

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