Legislative Rally for Medical Marijuana in Raleigh – March 19, 2015

image - nc flag white marijuana leafOn Thursday March 19 NC NORML, NCCPN and activists from all parts of North Carolina and the South will be attending the annual Rally in Raleigh. By attending this event you are showing state congress that you are ready for them to pass a long overdue medical cannabis bill. A recent Public Policy Polling survey shows 70% of North Carolinians support a doctor’s right to prescribe medical cannabis.

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There will be a formal presentation held in the main Legislative Auditorium with several speakers. (Details below) You are encouraged to contact your representative beforehand and let him or her know that this presentation about the value of medical marijuana is being held that day. Also NC NORML and NCCPN will be hosting a rally at Halifax Mall (the grassy courtyard between Legislation Office Buildings) from 10am to 3pm for supporters of cannabis legislation reform.

Contact your representative today. Schedule an appointment to speak with them. Most of the General Assembly is made up of conservatives that are traditionally closed minded about legalizing marijuana in any capacity. The thinking goes something like “Drugs are bad. Marijuana is a drug. End of story.” They are unfortunately loyal to outdated opinions that have no basis in science. Let them know medical doctors will be presenting at 11am. Politely and humbly ask them to join you in the auditorium for the evidence showing why patients should be allowed safe access to legal medical cannabis.

The program will include some of the following speakers:

– Representative Kelly Alexander: He has sponsored each of North Carolina’s medical marijuana bills, and this one too. He’ll say a few words about the legislation and what we can do to pass it.
– Dr. Kevin Baiko who is Board Certified in Cannabinoid Medicine and has current practices in Hawaii and Oregon. Dr. Baiko will take questions from legislators.
– Dr. (NP) Lee Porter who will present on the endocannabinoid system.
Also on hand will be Faculty Members of Patients Out of Time to answer questions. POT has presented all of the seminars for Doctors and other Health Care Professionals over the past decades. These seminars provide AMA certified recurrent training required for different professions.

If you do not agree with the current marijuana laws in North Carolina, it is important for you to attend. This is a numbers game. To demonstrate to the General Assembly that this issue matters, more people need to come out this year than ever before. Last year we had over 200. This year we hope to have hundreds more.

When will this presentation be held?
March 19, 2015 (Thursday)
Presentation begins at 10am .
Arrive early in the morning to meet with your Representative beforehand.
(Call for an appointment TODAY).
After you meet with your representative, gather with your peers in the Legislative Auditorium before the presentation begins.

Don’t know your Representative?

Where will we meet?
North Carolina General Assembly
Legislative Building
16 West Jones St
Raleigh, North Carolina

What should I wear?
Dress like you’re going to church or an interview. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but should show you respect the institution of law and your willingness to do what’s needed to give patients safe access to marijuana.

Who should attend?
If you think and feel that a doctor has the right to prescribe medical marijuana, you need to come out and show your support. This event’s success depends on you. The passage of this bill will only happen if you and your friends and family come out to show support and contact your representative.

Help us get the word out. Take a day off from work and join hundreds of like-minded individuals who know it is time North Carolina showed compassion towards its citizens who are in need of their non-toxic, natural medicine.

9 thoughts on “Legislative Rally for Medical Marijuana in Raleigh – March 19, 2015

  1. I couldn’t go, I’m 74, and crippled. But I need med marijuana. I just found out I have lung cancer!

  2. I really wish I could go, but I won’t have proper transportation. Medical Marijuana could help a number of people in North Carolina. Please pass it!!!

    1. I myself have had trouble sleeping since I was a kid. Marijuana is the only thing that helps. I’m trying to work my ass off to provide for the family I will be starting when my baby is born, but I find it hard to make it through each day when I can’t pass out before Sun up sometimes. I have been hoping and praying that this bill gets passed

  3. I won’t be able to make the rally today in Raleigh as planned, but am a patient that suffers weekly from migraines, anxiety, and insomnia. I joined as a member too. If anyone knows if there is a way to watch or hear the rally please let me know. I also have family that have cancer and could benefit from this in so many ways! I too am republican, but support this 100%. I’m amazed how simple patients can get narcotic pain medicines that are dangerous, yet not a natural and holistic medicine such as cannabis. Please keep me posted and let’s show support!

  4. I was in law enforcement for 12 years, until Multiple Sclerosis took my career and has ruined me financially. I am on 12 different meds 8 of them have horrible side effects, I need this law passed, my quality of life is not where it needs to be, I want to live life to the fullest, I cant because people do\not understand the benefits of this law…..please people ,push this through, I need relief now.

  5. Vote David Rouzer Out!!! This was his comment after I shared a problem with him. I am Vietnam Veteran that served two tours. I am in Stage 4 Prostate Cancer and I can no longer take oxcontin for my pain as it has destroyed my liver, kidney and stomach. I need marijuana for my agonizing pain. This is Rep. David Rouzer’s response:
    This letter was a reply from the office of David Rouzer on March 19, 2015.
    Representative Rouzer responding to your message

    March 19, 2015

    Dear Friend,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts concerning the legalization of marijuana in North Carolina.

    Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 Drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which prohibits its possession, usage, distribution and cultivation. The Controlled Substances Act, along with numerous Supreme Court rulings, authorize the federal government to enforce drug laws and prosecute people for the cultivation and distribution of illicit drugs.

    Despite President Obama’s remarks stating that marijuana is “no more dangerous than alcohol,” his own Office of National Drug Control Policy has publicly stated that:

    “Marijuana places a significant strain on our health care system, and poses considerable danger health and safety of the users themselves, their families, and our communities. We know that marijuana use, particularly long-term, chronic use that began at a young age, can lead to dependence and addiction. Marijuana is not a benign drug.”

    While many believe that marijuana is a non-addictive substance with minimal health defects, official studies show that in 2011, approximately 4.2 million people met the diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence on the drug. Marijuana is also associated with respiratory illnesses and cognitive impairment. Other studies have revealed that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, suggesting that the strength of its effects have increased as well. For these reasons, I cannot support actions to legalize, decriminalize, or normalize marijuana. Parents have a hard enough time raising their children as it is. Legalization of marijuana will only make it that much harder.

    Thank you again for contacting me about this issue. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns. In the meantime, take a moment to visit my website: rouzer.house.gov . You will find information on a number of issues as well as have the opportunity to sign up for my weekly newsletter.


  6. Ive lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, and California throughout my life. I just recently moved back to North Carolina in hopes this pass with the full understanding of not only the medicinal sides of medical marijuana, but also the currency it can bring back into the states. This will help w schools, police departments, homeless shelters, and more! I have seen it first hand, but, these uneducated politicians have only seen what they were told is the bad side of marijuana.. lol If I stand correct.. it’s the only medicine that grows out the ground naturally, and can be extremely profitable for the states. Got Debt? Let’s get started on your solution today!.. And politicians ask.. ” what about the underage kids getting access ? ” .. Dumb question.. it’s like underage drinking now a days.. hell.. the teachers are buying the kids alcohol these days. Parents.. Same w your prescription meds you hold high above your noses. We all know the reason for prescription meds; some are needed, some made to take the average civilians money. No brainer. So why have you not legalized marijuana? Cant tax it.. umm. Ever here of saving money?? O wait.. our government isn’t very bright w spending money. Well.. here’s an option to open your eyes. And no.. we the people do not need your advice on what’s right for us. Looks like your doing a bang up job as it is controlling the country. Let someone such as myself show you how to control it and keep everyone happy. You are gonna piss alot of people of when the fda steps in and says.. ” nope, we need this chemical, that chemical, and some additive. Then it can be on shelves ” .. No guys..If the public is getting smarter than you.. obviously, you need to jump on board and follow this program in order to keep those votes up 😉 Don’t piss off a humble culture that doesn’t even care about much else ha.

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