Saturday, November 20, 2010
WHO HAS THE POWER? ~ A Continuation of MMJ Stakeholders' Meeting Tropical Brainstorm
This being a continuation of a list of ideas volunteered by participants at the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Stakeholders' Meeting in Boston on November 13th, that lucky day that the movement took another step forward.
The question put forward was, "Who has the power to change the medical marijuana law?"
Reps on the state level
Senators & Congresspeople on the Federal level in DC
The Gov (signs bills into law)
Selectpersons at the town level
DeLeo (speaker of the house)
Economics Drive this issue in part
Republicans (?) created it to subvert State leg. driven change
Ballot measures are won by money (!)
(because $$ buys advertising)
More expensive to pass ballot measure (than what?)
Dr Karen Munkacy specializes in anaesthesiology and pain management. She's licensed to practice in Massachusetts and California, where she recommends medicinal marijuana for patients, having become convinced of its efficacy after reading current medical literature on the subject. She expressed regret to the Stakeholders' group that she cannot legally prescribe it in Massachusetts, and that even a written recommendation from an MD still does not legally protect her patients here if they dare to use it, because of politics, not lack of proof that it is medicine.
Someone recommended the book, The Other Brain to me
For some reason when I jotted the title, I also wrote NIMH, will have to google
Back to the Brainstorm- Who Holds Power?
Party Leaders (can make MMJ a plank on the party platform?)
WRITE LETTERS to EDITORS
Citizen Lobbyists develop ongoing, personal relationships with their reps
Visit their offices,Dress like them (heehee!)
Consistent message Prepared
represent an Educated Constituent Base
ASK: Are you willing...
Goal: sign onto and sponsor med mar bill
ASA on Youtube, has citizen lobbyist workshops on video
Plank on Party Platforms
Delegates Introduce Idea to
Coalition of MDs & patients to start up infrastructure
Escalation of Tactics
advocates>>> allies>>> champions
127 people facing federal prosecution right now for mmj
Earned media-- event that brings press
state house events bring media
social media internet (flashmob?)
Editorial Board meetings- invite newspaper editors
Press Releases educate & inform
... to be continued