Monday, November 15, 2010
The Medical Marijuana Stakeholders Brainstorm Continued: Part 2, The Political Landscape
Meet with the state and federal representatives
Mass is refreshingly liberal but still the politicans need to hear from us.
Know you politicos
Develop face to face relationships with them. if you want them to learn about your issue, learn about them
Where do I vote?
Who are my reps on the city, state, and federal level?
What district am I in?
Our bill goes to the Public Health Committee
Who's on that committee?
ASA's ABC's of Citizen Lobbying
Create a relationship with local media, local press
What will alter our ability to work?
No protections for medical users in this state (?)
90% dem legislature
Red Sox (?)
Bi partisan support among voters for our issue
Dept of justice memo "relax"
VA policy change
New England states having passd medical bills we have regional support
Well funded opposition
More positive media coverage than in the past
7 law schools in Mass
many medical schools
'91 ans'95 Mass passed medical laws ( so does that mean some protections for patients?)
Redirecting perceptions of the movement
DA's and law enforcers in support
Bill languishes in committee for over 20 years-- why?
state law class D
federal law schedule 1
Lack of research
Advocates willing to stand up
Who we are being misperceived
Average age of dispensary clients (in CA?) 44 to 60 years old
Drug war propaganda effects
Alliances with research and advisory orgs
Volunteerism in the community