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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

V.G.I.P. Update for February 2018 - by Kathy Hess

Here is a report card, have you, on how our representatives have been scored by NORML on their support (or lack thereof) of cannabis.  Along with the elected officials grade you’ll also find means of contacting your representative and suggestions on what to say, respectfully.  A big thank you to Brad Forrester of Mi-NORML  for providing the following analysis and grades for each elected official.

This is important, as Sessions and the WH have clearly drawn their line in the sand on cannabis, and we need our local representatives to wake-up, step-up, and represent their constituents, majority of whom seek legalization of marijuana.   So, take note of H.R 1227, and read up on your local representative.  Let them know how you want to be represented.

H.R 1227, introduced 2/27/2017 by Rep Thompson Garrett, is the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

“This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that the Act's regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties do not apply to with respect to marijuana.

It removes marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols from the schedule I list. Additionally, it eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who imports, exports, manufactures, distributes, or possesses with intent to distribute marijuana.

The bill does, however, make it a crime to knowingly ship or transport marijuana into a state where its receipt, possession, or sale is prohibited. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to one year, or both.” –congress.gov
                                                                                                                                                        

And now for our Legislators:

1st Congressional District - Congressman Jack Bergman, Grade=D
From Michigan's 1st U.S. Congressional District, Congressman Jack Bergman.

The district is the State's largest and covers the entirety of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.

Bergman's view on cannabis is intentionally vague as evidenced by the letter he sends constituents who ask his position on cannabis. Bergman spent 40 years serving his country, but many military officers take a dim view of cannabis. Bergman has no voting record on cannabis issues.

Rep. Bergman needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 1st Congressional District. You can send him a respectful email from this link: https://bergman.house.gov/contact/

A friendly visit to one of his District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Bergman has offices located at:

Traverse City Office
1396 Douglas Drive, Suite 22B
Traverse City, MI 49696
231-944-7633

Marquette Office
1500 W. Washington St., Suite 2
Marquette, MI 49855
906-273-2227

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Bergman should be; Support HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and protect the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

2nd Congressional District - Congressman Bill Huizenga, Grade=F
From Michigan's 2nd U.S. Congressional District, Congressman Bill Huizenga.


The district is located in Ottawa County and includes the cities of Holland, Zeeland, Hudsonville, and the four townships of Blendon Township, Jamestown Township, Holland Township, and Zeeland Township.

Huizenga is not supportive of cannabis reforms. He voted against every piece of cannabis reform legislation that ever appeared before him. He is also a member of the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee that refuses to receive legislation that would authorize financial institutions to provide banking services to cannabis businesses. “Federal law prohibits the sale and use of marijuana for any purpose. Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I substance because it has a high potential for abuse and currently is not accepted for medical use in the United States. […] I oppose legalizing marijuana use, even for medical purposes, for many reasons.” Rep. Huizenga needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 2nd Congressional District NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://huizenga.house.gov/contact/

A friendly visit to one of his District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Huizenga has offices located at:

Grandville Office
4555 Wilson Ave. SW Suite 3,
Grandville, MI 49418
Phone: (616) 570-0917

Grand Haven Office
1 South Harbor Ave. Suite 6B,
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 414-5516

The Grandville office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Walk-ins are welcome at the Grandville office. Meetings at the Grand Haven office are done by appointment only.

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Huizenga should be: Support HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and protect the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

3rd Congressional District - Congressman Justin Amash, Grade=B
From Michigan's 3rd U.S. Congressional District, Congressman Justin Amash.

The 3rd congressional district consists of all or portions of the following counties; Barry, Ionia, Calhoun, Kent and Montcalm.

Justin Amash has been an unlikely yet very supportive proponent of cannabis reforms, just not for the reasons you might think. It's doubtful that he personally supports the use of cannabis in any way, but from a philosophical perspective, he believes the federal government should only be involved in cannabis cases that involve distribution across state lines, and that voters in each state should decide if and how they want to implement cannabis laws.

Amash is the only Michigan Congressperson to co-sponsor HR 1227, and because he was also the only representative of the Michigan Delegation, from either party, to speak out against Jeff Sessions' sudden dismissal of the Cole Memo. It is fair to respect his right to make his own personal decision on the cannabis issue, and we are very pleased that he has taken the view that each one of us should also be able to make that decision for ourselves.

Rep. Amash needs to hear a "THANK YOU" from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://amash.house.gov/contact

A friendly visit to one of his District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Amash has offices located at:

Grand Rapids Office
110 Michigan St NW, Ste 460
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 451-8383
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Battle Creek Office
70 W Michigan Ave, Ste 212
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: (269) 205-3823
Hours: By Appointment

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Amash should be: Thank you for co-sponsoring HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and other legislation that protects the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

4th Congressional District - Congressman John Moolenaar, Grade =D
From Michigan's 4th U.S. Congressional District, Congressman John Moolenaar.

The 4th congressional district is the state's second largest district. It's comprised of all or parts of over a dozen central Michigan counties.

Moolenaar a grade of D because he has voted against every piece of cannabis reform legislation to come before him in the United States House of Representatives. Which is in contrast to his time as a Michigan State Senator, in 2012 Moolenaar voted YES on House Bill 4851 and the Walsh package of bills that amended the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

Rep. Moolenaar needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 4th congressional district NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://moolenaar.house.gov/contact/email

A friendly visit to one of his District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Moolenaar has offices located at:

Cadillac Office
201 North Mitchell Street
Suite 301
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: (231) 942-5070

Midland Office
200 East Main Street
Suite 230
Midland, MI 48640
Phone: (989) 631-2552

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Moolenaar should be: Please co-sponsoring HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and other legislation that protects the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

5th Congressional District - Congressman Dan Kildee, Grade =B
From Michigan's 5th U.S. Congressional District, Congressman Dan Kildee.

The 5th congressional district is oddly-shaped and includes parts Bay, Genesee, Tuscola, Saginaw, Arenac, Ogemaw and Iosco Counties.

Rep. Kildee receives a grade of B because he has supported many cannabis reforms in the United States House of Representatives. Kildee could improve his grade by supporting the Cannabis Caucus and by becoming a co-sponsor of HR 1227, the End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

Rep. Kildee needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 5th congressional district NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://dankildee.house.gov/contact/email

A friendly visit to his District office also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Kildee has an office located at:

Flint Office
111 East Court St. #3B
Flint, MI 48502
Phone: 810-238-8627

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Kildee should be: Thank you for supporting sensible cannabis reforms and please consider co-sponsoring HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and other legislation that protects the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

6th congressional district ~ Congressman Fred Upton, Grade=B
From Michigan's 6th U.S. Congressional District, Congressman Fred Upton.

The 6th congressional district is located in the very southwest corner of the Lower Peninsula and includes all of Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren Counties.

Rep. Upton receives a grade of B because he has supported many cannabis reforms in the United States House of Representatives. Upton could improve his grade by supporting the Cannabis Caucus and by becoming a co-sponsor of HR 1227, the End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

Rep. Upton needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 6th congressional district NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://upton.house.gov/contact/

A friendly visit to his District office also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Upton has an office located at:

Kalamazoo District Office
350 E. Michigan Ave, Suite 130
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-385-0039

St. Joseph/Benton Harbor District Office
720 Main Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: 269-982-1986

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Upton should be: Thank you for supporting sensible cannabis reforms and please consider co-sponsoring HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and other legislation that protects the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

7th congressional district ~ Congressman Tim Walberg, Grade=D
From Michigan's 7th U.S. Congressional District, Congressman Tim Walberg.

The 7th congressional district lies along Michigan's borders with Ohio and Indiana and includes all of Branch, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw Counties.

NORML has given Rep. Walberg a grade of D because he has voted against every piece of cannabis reform legislation to come before him in the United States House of Representatives. Advocates who have discussed the cannabis issue with Walberg have reported that he is adamantly opposed to any liberalization of cannabis laws. Walberg is also a former pastor.

Rep. Walberg needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 3rd congressional district NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://walberg.house.gov/contact/email

A friendly visit to one of his District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Walberg has offices located at:

Jackson Office
401 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-780-9075

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Walberg should be: Please co-sponsoring HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and other legislation that protects the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

8th congressional district ~ Congressman Mike Bishop, Grade=D
From Michigan's 8th U.S. Congressional District, Congressman Mike Bishop.

The 8th congressional district is comprised of the norther part of Oakland County and all of Livingston and Ingham Counties.

NORML has given Rep. Bishop a grade of D because he has voted against every piece of cannabis reform legislation to come before him in the United States House of Representatives.

Rep. Bishop needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 8th congressional district NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://mikebishop.house.gov/contact/

A friendly visit to one of his District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Bishop has offices located at:

Brighton Office
711 E. Grand River Ave., Suite A
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: 810-227-8600

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Bishop should be:
Please co-sponsor HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and the Marijuana Justice Act, to protect the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

11th congressional district ~ Congressman Dave Trott, Grade=D
From Michigan’s 11th District is Dave Trott.

Michigan's 11th congressional district includes parts of Oakland and Wayne Counties.
NORML has given Trott a grade of D because he voted against cannabis reforms on every opportunity he had.

Rep. Trott needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 11th congressional district NOW! You can send him a respectful email from this link:
https://trott.house.gov/contact

A friendly visit to his District office also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Trott has offices located at:

TROY OFFICE
625 East Big Beaver Road
Suite 204
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: 248-528-0711

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Trott should be: Please co-sponsor HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and the Marijuana Justice Act, to protect the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                       

12th congressional district ~ Congressman Debbie Dingell, Grade=B
Debbie Dingell  represents Michigan's 12th Congressional District.

Michigan's 12th congressional district includes parts of Wayne and Washtenaw Counties.

NORML has given Dingell a grade of B because she has been only warmly supportive of sensible cannabis reforms that she has had the opportunity to vote for or against. Dingell is not a leader of cannabis reforms, but she has not blocked cannabis reforms.
Rep. Dingell needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 12th congressional district NOW! You can send her a respectful email from this link:
https://debbiedingellforms.house.gov/contact/

A friendly visit to her District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Dingell has offices located at:

Dearborn Office
19855 West Outer Drive
Suite 103-E
Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: 313-278-2936

Ypsilanti Office
301 West Michigan Avenue
Suite 400
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-481-1100

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Dingell should be: Thank you for supporting sensible cannabis reforms. Please co-sponsor HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and the Marijuana Justice Act, to protect the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        

13th Congressional District ~ OPEN SEAT
This seat is OPEN due to the retirement of Congressman John Conyers.
Michigan's 13th congressional district includes part of Wayne County.

14th Congressional District ~ Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Grade=B
Brenda Lawrence represents Michigan's 14th Congressional District. 

Michigan's 14th congressional district includes parts of Wayne and Oakland Counties.)
NORML has given Lawrence a grade of B because she has been only warmly supportive of sensible cannabis reforms that she has had the opportunity to vote for or against.

Lawrence is not a leader of cannabis reforms, but she has not blocked cannabis reforms.
Rep. Lawrence needs to hear from cannabis consumers in Michigan's 14th congressional district NOW! You can send her a respectful email from this link:
https://lawrence.house.gov/contact

A friendly visit to her District offices also makes a big impression. Again, always stay respectful! Lawrence has offices located at:

Detroit Office
5555 Conner Avenue
Suite 3015
Detroit, MI 48213
Phone: (313) 423-6183

Southfield Office
26700 Lahser Road
Suite 330
Southfield, MI 48033
Phone: (248) 356-2052

YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO Rep. Lawrence should be:
Thank you for supporting sensible cannabis reforms. Please co-sponsor HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and the Marijuana Justice Act, to protect the 300,000 patients enrolled in Michigan's medical marijuana program.
                                                                                                                                                        


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