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New York Benefit to Celebrate Recent Medical Marijuana Successes

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, May 13 The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP.org)will host a spring soiree, a night of comedy and music to benefit MPP'sefforts to protect seriously ill New Yorkers from arrest and jail if they usemedical marijuana with their doctor's recommendation. Patient advocate JoelPeacock will be honored and Sony/BMG artist Nicole Atkins & The Sea and otherswill perform.

MPP is leading the fight to gain medical marijuana access for seriouslyill New Yorkers who have the approval of their physicians. All funds raisedwill be used to pass a bill to make New York the 13th medical marijuana statein the country.

The Host Committee for the event and those attending include: JoshuaBaer, John Perry Barlow, Paul Bennett, Lewis Black, State Senator JosephBruno's Director of Public Affairs in New York City Lisa Black, RichardBrookhiser, Tucker Carlson, Jason Flom, Savion Glover, Leslie Lansman, DavidC. Leven, Peter Lewis, Kurt Loder, Fred Newton, Medeski Martin and Wood,Michelle Phillips, ABC's John Stossel, Ben Taylor, Montel Williams and RobertW. Wilson.

Last year -- for the first time ever -- the New York Assembly passed MPP'smedical marijuana bill by a 95-52 vote, sending the bill over to the Senate.This was the result of a four-year lobbying effort that we commenced in 2003.

MPP.org's lobbyist in Albany built an impressive coalition ofinstitutional support, including the state physicians association, statenurses association, state public health association, and the city councils ofAlbany, Buffalo, and New York.

New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno is supportive of allowingmedical marijuana, but has not brought the issue to a vote.

With the Republicans facing a tough election this November, when theycould very well lose control of the Senate, we're hoping they'll pay attentionto the public opinion polling that indicates 76% of New York voters -- andeven 55% of Conservative Party voters in the state -- support legal protectionfor medical marijuana patients.

Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th Street (212) 414-5994. Tickets for $250 inadvance -- $300 at the door (mostly tax-deductible) available (202) 462-5747Ext. 104 www.mpp.org/highlineMedia Contacts: Gail Parenteau Parenteau Guidance 212-532-3934 gail@parenteauguidance.com

SOURCE MPP.org
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