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Dear Medical Cannabis supporters

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Let's stop talking about the war on Medical Marijuana and lets start fighting in the courts were we can do some good. Green Aid needs your support in three cases being fought in the War on Medical Marijuana. Time 4 Hemp hosted by Casper Leitch will be hosting a fund raiser on Saturday 3/26/11 1200 noon to 3 pm CST. This is beings called a cash bomb for Green Aid. This can be heard on

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The following was written by Lynnette Shaw, of Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM):
Dear medical cannabis supporter,
The federal government has launched a new assault against medical cannabis, a threat that has the potential to eliminate EVERY licensed dispensary in this country. It is going to take all of us working hard together to win this fight. We are writing to you today for support as the new battle has begun in medical cannabis, a battle that we can only win by uniting our resources!
The IRS has begun a series of audits of licensed California dispensaries to determine tax liabilities and the initial results are staggering. Using an old tax code instituted by Reagan, 280e, the IRS has determined that dispensaries are disallowed from writing off any expenses of doing business, including the cost of medicine!
Since the Marin Alliance received the first IRS final determination disallowing 100% of ANY standard business tax deductions, we will be filing the first appeal on the issue by the end of March. We are the longest standing, licensed dispensary in America, licensed and zoned since 1997. We have successfully fought in court many times to defend our collective rights. The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana is asking for everyone to stand with us in our effort. Please make a donation today to help us fight the good fight and win a huge victory for medical cannabis!
We have a winning strategy. Fortunately, the Marin Alliance invested every penny for the last ten years in our legal defense tactic. Attorney Greg Anton and his team have done the heavy lifting — We spent $400 K preparing a secret weapon — our Supreme-Court-ready case with its huge body of evidence, shows the irrefutable proof, clearly explained and cross-referenced, that the Schedule I status of medical marijuana is irrational, unfair, unscientific, unjustified, and unconstitutional.
As a defendent, I have the right to enter all evidence and any argument to explain my actions. Our repeated requests for a "rational
basis review" in the Federal civil lawsuit launched in 1998 (by President Clinton) stopped the Federal court procedures against the Marin Alliance.
They knew, as they know now, that there is no logical or rational reason that medical cannabis should be a Schedule I substance. We appealed for ten years, never getting our review. It ended up as a stalemate, with the MAMM remaining open as a result.
The Federal courts were so unwilling to conduct a Rational Basis Review, the Federal civil lawsuit against us was never pursued any further. This took ten years of litigation, but we were never closed nor raided.
The IRS moves much more quickly, however. This is gearing up to be the definitive battle for medical pot, where we win big, or lose big. Within a few months they can close every dispensary or collective in the nation using the enormous debt, forfeiting all our houses when we cannot pay, and then jailing us all for tax evasion.
This also means zero sales tax bonanzas to the State or local government. I wonder if the State will also be required to surrender to
the Feds all the sales taxes we paid? We would like an amicus curae from the State, the California Medical Association, Veterans groups, and every group concerned, as this moves very quickly forward. This will take a lot of effort and resources, but the results could be the re-scheduling of marijuana immediately.
Green-Aid, a group that helps raise tax deductable donations for efforts such our own, is re-activating our account. We are asking you
to help us raise $100K right now to update the case for 2009, 2010, 2011 and to again retain our brilliant attorney Greg Anton and his
legal team.
Mr. Anton has been long-prepared to argue how irrational and unconstitutional it is, to continue the purposeful mis- scheduling of marijuana.....Then there is the wild card — what if the IRS wants a formal clarification on this issue, also? Any IRS court decision that is
appealed to the 9th Circuit / Supreme Court will be on a very fast track because it is a tax issue.
With a lot of public and political support calling for a Constitutional Rational Basis Review, this could be our doorway to overturn Schedule I for marijuana, but we cannot do it without your help! As the federal government has again stepped up raids of dispensaries across the nation it is clear that we need a cohesive strategy moving forward. Every medical marijuana group who gets raided or beset by the IRS should consider asking for a rational basis review, and mention in the media, that the Schedule I status of marijuana is irrational, unfair, completely unscientific, and unConstitutional. Our Constitution stands between us and the overwhelming oppressor that is attacking us mercilessly and keeping medicine from those in need.
Together we are strong. Together we are capable of winning this fight in court. Marin Alliance is prepared to go the distance. Please
donate today and continue to send out the message than it is irrational that medical cannabis be on Schedule I, with "no medical use recognized anywhere in the USA" claimed, when there are clear, irrefutable medical benefits to this amazing plant, legally recognized and codified by 16 States and the District of Columbia.
Sincerely,
Lynnette Shaw Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (cbcmarin@gmail.com)
Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Education Fund
Ken Unger
Ken Unger is a 100% disabled United States Navy veteran deemed unemployable by the St. Louis, MO VA. He was hit in the head with a 50-ton crane hook while serving in Grenada in 1983. He now suffers from two herniated discs in his back, muscle spasms, weakness, pain and numbness in the legs. He has six coronary stents holding the arteries in his heart open and an artery bypass in his right leg. His injuries have rendered him weak, and he now suffers from depression as well as diabetes.
Five grams of dried marijuana and two plants turned up upon a search of Unger's St Charles, MO home. He is now being charged with felony possession with intent to distribute. Missouri state law prevents any cannabis user to claim medical use as a defense in court. If a plea is taken he is eligible for five years probation with drug testing, forcing him to again use morphine rather than marijuana, which lead to three major heart attacks under its prescription use. If convicted he faces 5-15 years in state prison.
Unger has no prior federal, state or local offenses.
How You Can Help:
Join the Cause on Facebook, Follow Us On Twitter (click the green application box on your left), invite your friends to the cause. Donations can be made to pay Ken's legal bills either through credit card or simply by watching a one-minute advertisement (Causes will donate $0.10 for every ad you watch). Follow Green Aid on Twitter (@GreenAidActvst) and retweet information about Ken.
Live in the St. Louis, MO area? Court support is essential in winning Ed's case. When the media covers Ken's trial it is important to show that public opinion is against the persecution of non-violent, medical cannabis users. Please email Angela Bacca angela@green-aid.com, she will put you in touch with the Missouri Green Aid base and other local activist groups.
Tell the Prosecutor Jack Banas and State of Missouri Officials how you feel about the use of tax-payer funds to persecute a non-violent medical cannabis user. Encourage your friends to do the same. Letters can be brief and to the point. Remember to keep all communications polite and respectful.
Prosecutor Jack Banas
Courts Administration Building, Room 601
300 North Second Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
PH: 636-949-7355
pa@sccmo.org

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222
Email


Eddy Lepp
Eddy Lepp is a Rastafarian Minister and Vietnam War Veteran currently serving a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence in Lompoc Federal Penitentiary, in Southern California.
Lepp had a large-scale farm in Lake County, California where he grew medical marijuana for hundreds of patients in Northern California. Eddy's Medicinal Garden's provided relief from chemotherapy, among other conditions, in many Californians and was operated under the guidelines in Prop 215 and SB 420. All local officials were notified.
Lepp provided medicine at cost or free of charge to anyone in need and used any proceeds from medicine sales to support local organizations, provide food and shelter for whomever needed it, charities, and a church in Lake County.
The DEA raided Eddy's Medicinal Gardens in 2004 and Eddy was sentenced to ten-years, what could be a life sentence for a man in his late 60s.
Please help fund Eddy Lepp's appeal and send him home! Free Eddy Lepp

"Locking up Eddy Lepp serves no purpose and is a huge waste of life and scarce prison space," said Aaron Smith, California policy director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "The community would be a lot better served if we taxed and regulated California's $14 billion marijuana industry rather than continuing to incarcerate non-violent people like Eddy, who are clearly of no danger to society."
How You Can Help:
Join the Cause on Facebook, Follow Us On Twitter (click the green application box on your left), invite your friends to the cause. Donations can be made to pay Eddy's legal bills either through credit card or simply by watching a one-minute advertisement (Causes will donate $0.10 for every ad you watch). Follow Green Aid on Twitter (@GreenAidActvst) and retweet information about Eddy.
Live in California? Court support is essential in winning Eddy's appeal. Please email Angela Bacca angela@green-aid.com, she will put you in touch with organizational efforts for court support.
Write Eddy a Letter in Prison. Please write Eddy to send him words of encouragement. Prison is a difficult and isolating experience.
Charles Edward Lepp 90157-011
Lompoc Federal Prison Camp
3705 West Farm Road
Lompoc, CA 93436
Tell Governor Jerry Brown and President Obama how you feel about the use of tax-payer funds to persecute a non-violent cannabis provider. Encourage your friends to do the same. Letters can be brief and to the point. Remember to keep all communications polite and respectful.
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Email
President Barack Obama
 
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