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Local Medical Marijuana Patients Arrested in DC

(Washington, D.C.) - Friday, October 8, 2004 ? Local medical marijuana patients Erin Hildebrandt and Trista Okel were arrested Tuesday along with twelve other patients and supporters, for civil disobedience in front of the Department of Health and Human Services. They were part of scores of protestors who had turned out to demand the federal government acknowledge that marijuana has medical use and change its policies.
On Monday the advocacy group organizing the protest, Americans for Safe Access, filed a legal petition with HHS under the Data Quality Act, alleging that the department is violating the Data Quality Act, which says that federal agencies must use sound science in developing policies and disseminating information. The text of this document can be found at  http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=1465.

The arrested protestors included patients with Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and spinal injuries. They were held for several hours by Capitol Police at the First District Headquarters before being released. Photos of the protest can be found at  http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=1466.

Mrs. Hildebrandt, who suffers from Crohn's Disease, is the founder and executive director of Parents Ending Prohibition, an Oregon-based organization focused on protecting children and families from the harms associated with cannabis prohibition. ?Medical marijuana patients have families too,? she said. ?Why would anyone want to deny a mother the only possible means to living a healthy life??

homepage: homepage: http://www.parentsendingprohibition.org
phone: phone: 503-327-4184
address: address: PO Box 611 Lafayette OR 97127

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