Thursday, August 31, 2017

Republican pot advocates crop up despite heckling from progressives

New Approach Missouri coordinator Trish Bertrand works
to push all Republicans out of Missouri's cannabis movement.
Former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone has joined a new crop of Republicans in vowing to repair the broken federal system that stifles patients' access to medical cannabis in the U.S.

“I am confident that with our support, the president will ultimately keep his word and do the right thing," Stone said last month. He has since been slated as a keynote speaker at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition.

Unfortunately, a small group of progressive activists is working to push Republicans out of the cannabis movement completely. Many democrats scheduled to take part in the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition next month have threatened to back out if organizers allow Stone to speak.

“Maybe Roger Stone isn’t a racist, but you know what’s just as bad as being a racist? Using other people’s racism as a means to achieve your own political ends,” said Kaliko Castille, a progressive activist. "If our industry decides to buddy up to [Republicans] who have blood on their hands, there is no way for us to come out clean.”

Some partisan State marijuana organizations have also joined in the divisive effort to stop Republicans from supporting medical cannabis.

"One of the other Cannabis reform camps has aligned with Roger Stone; that's disgusting and not acceptable in my opinion," said Trish Bertrand, a coordinator for New Approach Missouri, a left-leaning marijuana organization. "Cops and the KKK go hand in hand."

The medical cannabis movement should be about patient rights, not partisanship.

How can you help?

Please take 3 steps.

1. Call your elected officials

People with intractable diseases need more choice in medicine. Instead of threatening to lock up suffering patients who turn to investigational treatments, we need to support Missourians' right to try experimental drugs that could ease pain or extend life.

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▽ Urge your Representative to support patient rights
Missourians struggling with intractable diseases need more options, including medical cannabis. 

Imagine living every minute in pain because untreatable, malignant tumors are pressing against your organs; an investigational treatment might relieve your pain or extend your life, but a government agency won't let you try it because the treatment hasn't gone all the way through a decades-long regulatory process.

This is a reality for too many Americans. Thankfully, that reality is changing. States across the country are pushing back against a federal drug approval system bogged down in red tape. Since 2014, 36 states have joined Missouri in passing Right-to-Try laws and the U.S. Congress is expected to act on the federal Right-To-Try bill this year.

This year, a Missouri House committee overwhelmingly passed a new bipartisan bill sponsored by Republican State Representative Jim Neely. HB 437 would expand our state’s Right-To-Try law to include medical cannabis. The state legislature is poised to act on this legislation in 2018.

  1. Call (573) 751-2151.
  2. Ask the operator to connect you with your state Representative's office.
  3. Urge your representative to support suffering patients' right to try experimental treatments, including medical cannabis.

▽ Ask your Senator to support farmer freedom
Allowing farmers the freedom to grow hemp would increase the availability of cannabinoids being studied in clinical trials. It would also boost Missouri's economy and reduce our dependence on China.

This year, the Missouri House of Representatives passed HB 170 but the Senate failed to act.

  1. Call (573) 751-2151.
  2. Ask the operator to connect you with your state Senator's office. 
  3. Urge your Senator to support farmers' freedom to grow hemp.

▽ Tell elected officials to get smart on crime
Missouri can no longer afford to put officers at risk in order to police victimless crimes. Our state needs to focus law enforcement resources on stopping the scourge of violent crime in our cities.

  1. Call (573) 751-2151.
  2. Ask the operator to connect you with your state Representative's office.
  3. Urge your Representative to focus on locking up violent criminals instead of nonviolent offenders.

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