Wow, what a difference a year makes! The crushing rejection of HB 84 and the manner in which it happened with Paul Stam's 'unfavorable recommendation' cannot help but leave a lasting impression; one that, when chewed upon, I hope will energize you. It is somehow representative of the total injustice we, the people of the world, have suffered as a result of ignorance; ie prohibition. It is OUR TIME.
It is our time because, for the first time, WE are in the majority@ 58%. If you are just finding this site, welcome to a totally new and improved website, one that is capable of producing a victory in our fight for justice if we take the time to learn and utilize it. It is the result of blood, sweat and tears.. money, time and talent..all have survived the ignorance displayed by our politicians and now, we are planning an all out assault on their ignorance.
The North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network was founded by Jean Marlowe with lots of help from many people, including Mark Pedersen of CPN in Denver and a host of others over the past several years. At that time, it was decided that our goal would be to re-establish the right to use cannabis medicinally, at the very least. Not because of the danger from cannabis, but the URGENT medical necessity..(See the Jean Marlowe Story). Legalization was an issue for the future (bible belt future) and we were told: "If NCCPN is a Trojan horse for the legalization movement; you are 'dead on arrival'".
Guess what? We returned to the bill and scrubbed it, even removed NP and PA's from the list of approved "physicians to manage the medical program"; even though we knew it was absurd. Then, for the third time (1380;577), we submitted HB 84....guess what? We were dead on arrival! Not only dead, but stomped on.
Food for thought; the old stuff about united we stand and divided we fall took new meaning. We met with NORML, ASA, and SSDP. Since that meeting, we have decided that a united program does not diminish the medical necessity, it is simply a part of a much more important fight; the fight for social justice.
As a former soldier, I understand very well the meaning of collateral damage. At the same time, I had never considered the collateral damage from the war on drugs.
At the recent DPA Conference in Denver, I was confronted by more informative sessions than hours in the day provided. Sessions by "parents of children who died from overdose; spouses of incarcerated spouses and children, families traumatized from SWAT Team raids, and homeless veterans dying from being force fed pills". Enough is enough. Cannabis for medical purposes is but one symptom of the immoral 'prohibition' imposed by villains posing as government employees. It is time to end it. We hope to present a bill to just that in NC..a bill to simply end prohibition.
I hope that I have made you realize that the only hope we have at NCCPN is YOU. I know many of you think the site is monitored by the authorities..and of course I expect it is. Matter of fact, one of the projects I am beginning is a request under the FOIA is for any files or information the state or feds may have on NCCPN or ME. We plan to pursue this and have been promised legal advise on how to proceed. Harassment is a two way street. We intend to get a response; even if they lie.
Again, we have a great platform now to spread the word. I know that some of you are concerned that you may be on "OUR LIST UP THERE", just remember, if you are, you are on the majority list. We live in a country that espouses majority rule. Problem is, we must make them realize that "we" are the 58% now. Please, it is very uplifting to know that many people are reading these comments. If you wonder about fear, I had a visitor drop by once and he advised me that, about 10 miles before he got to Rockingham, he "took the battery out of his cell phone to keep them from tracking him to my home...AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE."
This is your year. We are planning several events; maybe even a "Constitutional Amendment, which COULD be introduced in the Short Session in April of 2014. Lose the fear and join us at NCCPN. Be bold and speak up when you are with "your tribe". Those who know and trust YOU. Keep the conversation alive.
It can make a difference..stay tuned to the new NCCPN.