27 Dedicated members of nccpn met in Rockingham on Saturday for a day of celebration and organization for the upcoming fight to make cannabis legal. We voted on a new constitution and bylaws and elected several new members to new positions.More on this later, but for now, we have an urgent request for EACH ONE OF YOU.
HB 1161 calls for a constitutional amendment to allow NC voters to have a say in legalizing cannabis. Most of you have seen the news about the florida amanement in support of cannabis and the changes they have made. NC does not allow for amendments, and this needs to change. Please go to the page with all members of the judicary committee (posted by Susan) and call them to request support for this amendment.
The move to send the amendment to a committee is a good move. In the past, the bills have gone directly to the rules committee. The fact that this one was sent to judicary is a step in the right direction. Now we need for them to hold hearings on this bill, and we need to have people in the room when they meet. Don't let them kill this without a fight.
New officers installed are:
Susan Ferris- Treasurer
Anne Harper- Secretary
Chris Wayne- 1st Vice President; Western NC/ Social Media Director
Stugoltz- Web Moderator
Tom Harper remains President and Perry Parks is Executive Director (non-paid).
Membership- Several positions open for membership activists. Part of our discussion detailed an additional benefit for Platinum Level membership ($25 annual fee). These members will become membership activists and will carry nccpn business cards with this status. These cards will be used to intorduce these members and spread the word.
We received word that DPA, who we had hoped to receive a grant from, will not be granting money for NC. Liz Porter will continue to write grant request and we have identified new potential donor organizations. If you can contribute to nccpn without sacrificing your family, money is what makes the world go round and we need to go with them.
We have a suggestion to hold an educational session to review the information presented at the eighth clinical conference on therapeutic use of cannabis. I think this would be very useful and will see if Dr. Lee Porter will head this up We may even think of using the auditorium outside the houlse chambers.
On Tuesday morning, I will be headed to Raleigh to meet with Rev Barber about the moral monday meetings upcoming. I hope to persuade him to give us a platform to highlight our issue and the fact that it has been used as a tool to persecute the poor. More on this later. If you can join us for the march, we hope to march together.
I think everyone enjoyed the privacy and natural beauty of our property. It is available any time and all of you have personal invitations to come and enjoy the waterfall.
Saturday, several members will be traveling to Asheville to gather signatures for Ben Scales to be placed on the ballot for District Attorney in Buncome County. As you know, Ben is the Hemp Lawyer and would be a terrific win for us. He needs about 6500 signatures and so far has over 3000. We must get these remaining signatures before June 12th.
IF THERE IS ANYWAY YOU CAN DONATE TIME TO WORK FOR BEN, call me at 910.995.0413. Especially those in the western part of the state. This is one of the most important tasks nccpn has taken on and a chance to really make a difference.
Membership is growing daily. We have passed 1650 and working towards 1700. We will make a difference this time.
Keep Fighting and call the members of the judicary committee.