On Saturday evening, eight members of nccpn attended the NCDP Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. We were seated very close to the front and for once, we were NOT invisible. Our NCCPN logo adorned our table and people were not shy about visiting us; this included David Parker, the Chair of the Party. His comment to us was: "I think the resolution on Cannabis belongs in the Democratic Party Platform for all to see". Hope to upload some of the pics as soon as I figure out how to do it.
For now, it is recognized as a long standing (passed three times) NC issue. Of course, I am frustrated that it never seems to make the papers (except the Richmond County Daily Journal) and people are not aware of this support. We have several editors aware of it and if we can generate enough interest, maybe they will. People who call the N&O or the Charlotte Observer and ask about the party's support could persuade them to publish it. The number is 704.359.5000 for the observer and 919.829.4500. Call as often as you like adn tell them you want to know if it is true that the democrats have a resolution in support of changing the law.
Several folks dropped by the table to say hello. Wayne Goodwin, Insurance Commissioner, US Congressmen David Price and Brad Miller along with candidates for Congress. While this does not affect the legislation, it lets everyone know "we are players and we expect action".
With David Parker and June Mabry on board (they are two of the top players in the democratic party), I plan to work on the Republicans to see if they really want to do something to show the people that some issues are non-partisan and they could show the people that they can work together for the common good. I met with Joe Nolan in the Speaker's office last week and he is working on a meeting with Speaker Tillis. If this happens, Dr. Baiko and NP Lee Porter plan to make the case for changing this law.
The big question is time! I know everyone wants this to be done immediately. One of the comments on the discussion page suggested 5-6 years. I think I can safely say that it will not be that long...what I don't know is HOW long. I also know that time can be a real demotivater..and I wish I could say "this year". What we cannot do is give up hope; that is "their" plan. It looks less likely that the plan to revisit this short session will not pan out
What I can say truthfully is that we are MUCH closer than we were at the start of this year. Many people now know what we are working for..and some of them will not let on that they are on board. When we have enough supporters, the weak willed ones will suddenly come on board and it will be a reality. Keep pushing everyone you know to contact their legislator and let them know that you want to see this happen.
If you want to gauge our progress..look at the web site today and remember what it was like two years ago. Articles posted would be 3 days old, 2 months old or ancient. Today, several articles will be posted in a single day..hours old, not days or weeks. This is indicative of the interest we now have at nccpn. Tell your friends and neighbors. Almost every day, we are adding two to five new members. Advertise our organization. I wear nccpn t-shirts most days and get questions all the time about how to join. KEEP IT UP.
It is difficult to keep the motivation high without significant progress. The law has not changed..buy the progress is "significant". For those who remember HB 1380, we were laughed at behind our backs...NO MORE. WE WILL PREVAIL.