Monday, September 4, 2017

Missouri medical cannabis movement unites for victory in 2018

The movement to legalize medical cannabis in Missouri has been plagued with infighting for nearly a decade. That ended last week with the resignation of one high-profile activist who made inflammatory remarks about police officers.

"I apologize for the sign I held," said Trish Bertrand, who resigned from New Approach Missouri after claiming that law enforcement officers are associated with the KKK. "I can and will do better at voicing my frustrations in a more productive manner in the future. United we stand, divided we fall."

The newfound unity among medical cannabis supporters in Missouri comes as Republican pot advocates continue to crop up around the U.S.

Throughout 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump vowed to respect state rights in regards to cannabis. He expressed support for medical marijuana, telling Bill O'Reilly and others that he's "in favor of medical marijuana 100%," and that he believes "we should leave it up to the states."

Last month, former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone announced an initiative to lobby Trump in support of cannabis legalization.

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

With a large grassroots movement now united to help suffering patients, Missouri is set to legalize medical cannabis in 2018 through legislative action or the initiative petition process.

This year, two Missouri House committees overwhelmingly approved a Republican measure to expand the State's 'Right To Try' law to include medical cannabis dispensed through state-licensed entities. The bill did not receive final passage, but will be reconsidered in 2018.

New Approach Missouri is spearheading a medical cannabis initiative petition that would allow even non-terminal patients to access the drug. Also unlike Rep. Neely's bill, the proposed constitutional amendment would restrict the number of licenses granted to businesses, and instead permit Missourians to grow marijuana at home.

Two other medical cannabis initiative petitions have been filed with the Missouri Secretary of State. Another initiative petition that completely ends cannabis prohibition has also been approved for circulation.

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.

 Click below to:

▽ 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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3. Donate

Or, send checks to:

Better Way Missouri PAC
425 Washington Ste 208 
Kansas City, MO 64105

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