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

From: Kurtis W. H.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 8:06 PM
Here's a list of State organizations and politicians that were in favor of the last medical marijuana bill. http://minnesotacares.org/Supporters.htm I am not a lawyer, but I have put in more time than anyone else I've met, lawyer or otherwise, in researching the issue of cannabis scheduling in our state. There is other lawyer that has worked with me in the past and he's quite informed on the issues, but he wishes to remain anonymous at the moment. MN NORML started around 6 months ago and I would not say that it is strong yet. We have some amazing people working with us though and have done some amazing things considering that we are so young, but building an organization doesn't happen overnight. We still have a lot of people to reach and that just takes time and exposure. Randy Quast is one patient advocate that I know. He's got a card in Oregon. He's NORML's Executive Director and is doing an amazing job at it. I don't know of others that have told me that they want to take a public role in the fight, although we haven't really had a lot of opportunities yet for people to do that, so we might have people of that sort but just haven't asked. As for farm leaders, I don't know any farmer, let alone leaders of farming organizations. I've been in touch with some of the city of Minneapolis' city council members, and they seem extremely interested in helping the cause, but I haven't really pursued that alliance as much as I probably should.

-kurt

On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 9:28 AM, Aspen Greene <[address removed]> wrote:
That's a great idea.  Is there a booth or any type of information source at the fair?  This is a huge opportunity to reach the voters, patients and demonstrate the benefits.  I will be at the fair one day.
Who are the lead lawyers in the state who are fighting for us? 
Who are the friendly politicians?
Who are the farm leaders?  I feel that the hemp products could really benefit states like yours for the farmers.
Who are the leading patient advocates ?  
Is MN Normal Strong?  Do they have a strong coordinated support group? 
Americans for Safe Access has some outstanding materials on their website to put in front of opponents.
Are there any cities in Minnesota where you have govt officials who want medical marijuana for their residents?
Steve
In a message dated 8/16/2011 2:32:07 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
Steve;
Our political system did a 180 last election so everything we had going for us disappeared. We still have legislators who would support and introduce these efforts but not enough support to get anything through, (MPP may have better individual legislature figures). We really need to have a much more energized and engaged electorate. As for a metro meeting next week, I am 3.5 hours north one way on a good day, so I tend to prefer long productive meetings if I am going to spend 7+ hours on the road, and especially now with funds tight on unemployment. If we can get the petition thing going for the State Fair it is likely I would be down during your time frame and at the State fair grounds since I have already volunteered for the event if it happens. One way or another we can keep the dialoged flowing.
Sincerely,
W. D. (Bill) Hamm




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