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Re: [tcCannabisClub] Should I run for the Minnesota Senate?

From: Aspen G.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:54 AM
Let me know when you think we can get a group together or just a few people. I really would like to help.  I would also like to learn about the challenges you have had there. Do you think day or evening will be better for people? Just a simple chance to network, and learn.  Maybe develop some stategies or ideas.  If nothing else I guarantee people will take home at least one idea that will help them assist the movement.  My best to all of you working towards legalization and medicalization.  Keep up the great work.
From Az and 108 degrees,
Steve
 
In a message dated 8/8/2011 8:37:49 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
I'd love to meet up with you. I'm sure that some of the other people in the movement would like to meet up as well. Who all else wants to come? I love the idea of drafting practical legislation now for medical cannabis. I honestly think that if our legislature swings back to the democrats in the november 2012 elections, and if we convince enough of them on the campaign trail that this is what the voters want, that we can have a shot at passing some medical cannabis law in the 2013 session. We especially should plan on supporting and supplying pro cannabis candidates in all parties in order to force candidates to talk about the issue constantly in public debates and in the news. We need to start drafting legislation now, and discussing amongst ourselves what we want this law to look like. We should debate and decide the big issues ourselves so that we know what issues are essential and which are negotiable in the process. MN NORML would be the best group to start fostering this debate amoungst the patients in our state. We'd love to talk with people in other states that already have programs that are up off the ground and get input from them about how best to proceed in drafting our own piece of legislation. If we get this document done within the next 6 months, we can get feedback from important organizations and leaders in Minnesota in the next year and refine it ourselves before taking it to the candidates on the campaign trail next fall. Thoughts anyone?

-kurt

On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 3:23 AM, Aspen Greene <[address removed]> wrote:
I want to tell your Minnesota group to keep  the good work rolling. Its a long road that never seems to end.   Be careful to observe all of the other current states and next ones working on programs.  Also, pay notice to the Canadian programs.  There is so much to learn from the pioneers in B.C.
 
I am an Arizona Patient and caregiver! I have my cards.  It is an amazing feeling.  After decades of self medication, there is something special.
 
I have been following and supporting medicinal causes since the late 80 when I got out of school.  Met Jack Herer in 92.  I have followed the many medical uses available and the uses for the hemp plant, which has been but can not be forgotten.  Especially in a farm rich state like yours.  Talk about jobs and tax dollars. 
 
I have also visited first hand dispensaries in Colorado, California, Nevada, and British Columbia.  I have been able to visit and study the different business models.  My goal was to open  dispensary, cultivation and infusion sites. For the time being the Arizona program has put a hold only on the dispensary licensing.  But there are so many misinformed people. From patients to doctors to police.
 
I would like to visit with several of the most committed members.  I would like to learn what the best efforts are in Minnesota and share what is actually occurring elsewhere, what the business looks like, the profit models, the business flows, requirements, etc. 

Many states, like Arizona, are faced with many of the same opposition arguments however depending on the political climate, some concessions that are made are made in effort only to get something passed. My goals would be to help you draft practical measures. 
 
I will be in Minneapolis for several meetings. My schedule is open Monday (8-22), Wednesday (8-24) and Thursday (8-25) after 530pm  Maybe Saturday (8-27) after 1030 am.  We dont have to get together for long.  But while I was in Minn. I thought it would be worthwhile.  Always trying to help the Cause.
 
Arizona Patients Choice LLC
 
In a message dated 8/7/2011 9:22:58 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time, [address removed] writes:

“Did you know we’re fighting a 4th war?”  From progressive, DFL supporter Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation:

https://twitter.com/#!/KatrinaNation/status/[masked]

 

News out of the UK:  “British Lib Dems to Call for Drug Decriminalization”

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/645678/

“and for a regulated marijuana market”

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of W. D. (Bill) Hamm
Sent: Wednesday, August 03,[masked]:23 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [tcCannabisClub] Should I run for the Minnesota Senate?

 

Hello Kurt;

Running on the grass roots party platform may seem like a fun way to go but it won’t be 500 signatures you will need but rather more like 2000. It will be a percentage of the vote in the last election and since a Senate seat is twice the population of a Rep seat, so is the number of signatures needed. If you are really trying to get in their face, running in the DFL or GOP primaries will get you more votes and attention. It will get you in the debates and on the ballot for only your sign fee of about $100. and you can file the hardship waiver with only a few signatures to get around that too. I strongly advise against going the Grassroots Party route unless or until it grows an adequate base, remember, Chris came in a distant 4th and had no affect on either of the big 2 parties. We need to run races with some hope of winning as well as making our presence known as loud as possible, that does not happen with a third party candidacy failure. That is my advice having done both.

Sincerely,

W. D. (Bill) Hamm





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