Yesterday, the NC Democratic Party held it's annual meeting at the Raleigh Convention Center. There were about 5-600 delegates from all 100 counties, including Lee and Liz Porter and myself. I am pleased to report that a resolution in full support of nccpn's position on Cannabis Law Reform, authored by the Porters, passed without ANY OPPOSITION! There were 4 resolutions in the Criminal Justice and the Courts and the other three were all contested. Things have definitely changed in our direction and I believe we (all parties working to make this happen) can take credit for this transformtion in NC citizens attitudes toward the plant.
The resolution reads:
"NOW; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NC Democratic Party urge out elected representatives, our candidates, and our platform reflect the will of the people and reform North Carolina and US marijuana and drug laws. First steps should be the immedicate end of prosecution of medical users of marijuana as well as funding and staffing the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission of 2006 to insure this effort moves forward.
AND WE ARE FURTHER RESOLVED to see the passage of federal and state regulation that will regulate cannabis in a workable distribution model, similar to those used to control alcohol. Until such time that cannabis can be a regulated, legal substance in North Carolina, we urge that enforcement of marijuana laws in North Carolina be A lowest law enforcement priority."
When you call your legislator, if they are democrat, ask them to abide by our wishes (I wish it were demand, not ask). The people have spoken, and we are unified in our resolve. Now, do your part and call your legislator and remind them of our priorities.
Thanks to all who work to make this organization "work". We are better organized this year, and we are finally a "part of the process to make this change happen." Look for chances to help, and PILE ON.
If you are so inclined, please join us for the Moral Monday Marches. Rev. Barber has been advised of our mission and he personally told me that he has "veted our cause" and I think we may even be allowed to make our cause heard at these events.