This is an urgent update.
At the Speaker's news conference on Tuesday, his comments were that he believes it has promise but his concern is about the abuse that may accompany this. Aside from the fact that the abuse of "legal" prescription drugs is epidemic and resulting in more deaths than those from alcohol, I am concerned that the legalization issue is confusing and not helpful to our cause.
I will re-etirate, tne North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network is exactly that:
"A network of PATIENTS and VETERANS, along with compassionate caregivers, who are not criminals, we are people in need of medical help from this natural plant."
We are the orgnaization that established the lobbying effort on February 12th. We were hoping by then to have a new bill number. Since Rep. Kelly Alexander decided to delay for a couple of days the introduction of the new bill. We are hoping this delay will allow the republicans to possibly consider co-sponsoring the legislation. Sickness affects everyone, it is not a partisan issue. We hope the Republicans realize this as probably one of the finest moments to join us in a BI-PARTISAN EFFORT!!!
For anyone wanting to volunteer to help with the lobbying effort. If you have knowledge of or are willing to help, we need volunteers to help folks find their legislators and to help with serving lunch on the mall around 12 noon. If you are interested, come to the mall at 8 AM for a planning meeting. We will assign tasks for volunteers; with nearly 1500 possible attendees, we will need help.
On Monday morning Feb 4th at 8 AM, I will be in the studio at WFNC (640 on the AM dial) in Fayetteville to co-host a program on the medical cannabis act. Phone lines will be open and if you call, they will take your name and put you on hold. While on hold, you will hear the program on your phone. When it is your time, they will alert you. If you call early, you will hear all previous conversations and we can keep the education going.
Have done two shows already for Hickory and Rocky Mount radio stations.
I have probably left something out, but I leave immediately for Durham. The SEC (State Executive Committee) meets at 9 tomorrow. We will elect a new Democratic Party Chair..RANDY VOLLER..a strong supporter. He has asked me to participate in the program and has promised that the cannabis act WILL play a major roll this year. EXPECT SURPRISES.
Your PUMPED UP PRES!!!!