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medical cannabis

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Petition to Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate

Vote For The Kansas Safe Access Act

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh-iANCKOdE&spfreload=10 29 states and Washington D.C. now have medical cannabis laws, granting their citizens safe and full access to medical cannabis therapeutics. More states are lined up to pass bills this session, or to pass reform by ballot initiative. Our neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma are numbered in the latter, and Nebraska is in the former. We will soon be surrounded by legal states. Unless Kansas also moves forward, we will be the last total prohibition state in our area. We will then be left to manage all of the implications of that status for our citizenry. Will we continue to persecute, and prosecute the sick who seek healing by traveling to our surrounding states? “The question to consider is whether we will use scarce law enforcement resources to arrest patients who travel out of state and return with marijuana? Don’t we have a wiser and better use of the taxpayer money than arresting a veteran who suffers from PTSD and chooses not to use pharmaceuticals, or the worker who was injured on the job and doesn’t want to take opioids for his pain?” - Barry Grissom, former U.S. attorney for Kansas http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article194308459.html Kansas families have buried adults, and children during the nine years of fighting for their right to safe access. That is right. It has been nine years since the first bill was introduced into the Kansas legislature. Kansas children, and adults suffer needlessly. Their families suffer. We know this is not the will of the Kansas people. The people of Kansas support the rights of these patients to safe access. These patients  are their neighbors, their fellow church members, their co-workers, They made their will known in the Kansas Speaks Survey of 2017. 76% of Kansans support their neighbor's right to the safe access of medical cannabis, when recommended by their medical provider. That is more than a two thirds majority. https://www.fhsu.edu/uploadedFiles/executive/docking/Kansas%20Speaks%2020171.pdf Below are just a few of the many ways medical cannabis laws positively impact overall public health. In states that have medical cannabis laws:MediCare and MediCaid prescription costs go downPrescription use rates go downTeen use goes downOpiate addiction rates go downSuicide rates go downDrunk driving rates go downOpioid overdose deaths go down by 25%The hospitalization rate for opioid abuse and dependence in states with medical cannabis are roughly 23% lower than states without legal accessEmergency room visits for opioid overdoses are on average 13% lower than states without medical cannabis programs. http://www.newsweek.com/states-medical-marijuana-painkiller-deaths-drop-25-266577https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232164/https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/06/484977159/after-medical-marijuana-legalized-medicare-prescriptions-drop-for-many-drugs https://www.thelundreport.org/content/medical-marijuana-states-see-reduction-medicaid-and-medicare-prescription-drug-spending http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/28/opioid-abuse-is-plummeting-in-states-with-legal-marijuana/https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/studies-claim-medical-marijuana-may-reduce-suicide-rates-traffic-fatalities Cannabis is set to be a $40 BILLION dollar industry by 2021 That would be roughly a 150% increase in economic output from the $16 billion cannabis generated in 2017. Kansas is drowning financially. As a state, we are desperate for new revenue, new jobs, and new business. Kansas is projected to have a worse than national unemployment rate again next year, and we continue to lose jobs across the state. As it stands now, one in three Kansas hospitals is at risk for closing. We have laid off over 200 mental health workers. We lost federal certification for our only state mental health hospital due to critical under-funding. We borrowed from our state workers retirement fund, and we can't pay it back. Kansas ranks fifth in the nation for people moving out of state. The largest reason given for moving being jobs, (64.19%.) The cannabis industry is forecasted to create more than a quarter of a million jobs.That is more than the expected jobs from manufacturing, utilities or even government jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   “In 2016, total marijuana sales in Colorado was $1.3 billion. As a former prosecutor, that tells me $1.3 billion did not go to criminals, but instead went to entrepreneurs who created over 18,000 full-time jobs that paid a living wage with the state taking in tax revenues of over $200 million.Given our fiscal mess, it would be nice to have an extra $100 million in revenue that didn’t come from income tax increases.” - Barry Grissom, former U.S. attorney for Kansas http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article194308459.html The Kansas Safe Access Act  has been submitted to the Kansas Senate (SB187) and Kansas House (HB2348). It sits in both the Kansas House Human Health and Services Committee and the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/documents/hb2348_00_0000.pdf   The Kansas Safe Access Act is the ONLY bill that has been reviewed by multiple independent third party reviewers. It meets all the recommendations of the impact assessment study done by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), and meets all the guidelines of Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (F.O.C.U.S.), the largest regulatory group in the cannabis industry. It is a non-profit bill that funds public health, public mental health, health and mental health in K-12, and funds medical research at Kansas hospitals and universities. Non-profit also means everything over base costs will go to free support services for patients such as nutritional support, patient support groups,medicine at a reduced price, or even for free to hospice patients. The cooperatives can even vote to offer free services to their entire small town, such as bringing in a traveling nurse, or doctor, or host medical device exchanges, and more. For our rural towns, that have little access to medical care, this could be a huge win for rural health. “The bill covers everything from legal protections for patients and medical providers, patient identification cards, education centers, supply guidelines, cultivation guidelines, workforce education, public safety, revenue policies, packaging regulations, testing and lab requirements, waste disposal and more.”http://www.gctelegram.com/news/20180114/medical-refugee-family-calls-for-legalizing-medical-cannabis-in-kansas   It is 100% ecologically sustainable, both in the growing of clean medicine, and in the greatly reduced environmental impact at cultivation sites via mandated clean energy use, water capture, and grey water recycling. It is a rural modeled bill. All cultivation sites will be in rural areas. Bringing new jobs, and new business to  these areas could literally save some of our little towns that are now hovering on the brink of extinction.There are many other great points in this bill, such as veteran and law enforcement officer operated security, educational programs to prevent impaired driving, and public safety awareness initiatives and incentive programs. I support the Kansas Safe Access Act. I am asking you to represent my voice in Topeka.  I want you to vote "YES" on the Kansas Safe Access Act. It's right for the people of Kansas. Our citizens deserve to have safe access to every medical option that could save their life, or improve the quality of their life.  It's right for Kansas. Kansas must move forward into innovation, and emerging new markets that will bring desperately needed new business, new jobs , and new revenue. The world is moving forward. Kansas cannot afford to be left behind, neither fiscally, nor in humanitarian terms. Thank you for your time. For questions on the Kansas Safe Access Act, please email info@bleedingk.org    

Bleeding Kansas Advocates
3,327 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Georgia State Senate, Honorable Judge Kimberly A. Childs, Victor Reynolds, Marty First, Georgia Governor

Support Scott Negron! Cobb County Must Stop Prosecution Of Negron For Medicinal Cannabis

The Negron/Mazurek (Medical), Cannabis "Trafficking" trial Case No.15-9-02848-42 Cobb County ,Georgia Superior Court I'm grateful for your interest, hope you will consider supporting my efforts at exoneration and accept my sincere intention to be a part of solutions & rational change for Georgia. If there is any further information needed, please do not hesitate to contact me. Excerpts from the Petition, article & statements: Essentially this criminal legal action seeks to use a questionable & problematic search warrant, to prosecute and imprison a seriously suffering and medically disabled medical cannabis patient & his caregiver. They are accused of growing a sizable amount of medical cannabis for his various treatments. No evidence or accusation of sales, no distribution, no scales, no money, no valuables, no monetary enrichment. The charge of "trafficking" is alleged simply on the technically arbitrary amount of plants seized by weight; that’s it. I write to you as a fellow American citizen in hope that you are an advocate of medicinal cannabis & will consider helping us to get their story in front of more people. Given the circumstance, we respectfully believe the State of Georgia has the wisdom, legal authority & discretion to make the decision not to prosecute. These are not the criminal traffickers the State has in mind when pursuing criminals. Here is further information in the form of a short bio links About the defendants: Scott is an ex-professional & volunteer, Firefighter/First res-ponder medic & business owner. He has been repeatedly awarded & cited over the past 30 years for multiple "acts of Civic Heroism" both on the job and as a civilian, for intervening in accidents/fires & violent crimes on the behalf of other people at great risk to himself. He has done thousands of hours of volunteer & pro-Bono work starting in the 70's teaching basic computing to young kids at Montessori summer school in Santa Barbara. Here is his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-negron-85411524 As he was raising his own son as a primary custody parent, he cared for his elderly grandparents through their struggle with Alzheimer's disease & dementia to maintain dignity in their old age for 12 years in his home as a custodial guardian, to keep them out of a nursing home until their death all while dealing with his own health issues & physical changes. He has worked hard, affected and saved many lives and served his community well. He is being painted as a criminal "with a history" because of several arrests (no convictions) on record and incredibly, his assistant/caregiver was being tried as an accomplice! David Mazurek, Born in Green Bay Wisconsin moved to Georgia in 1973 is a local resident. A graduate of Tucker High School & Georgia Tech. University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Aerospace Engineering. He worked in both Defense & Aerospace, held security clearances and (at 60 years old), has never been arrested, not even a misdemeanor traffic violation. He has never smoked, used or knowingly tried cannabis or any illegal narcotic in his life. In 2002 he went to work with Negron's small subcontracting business & eventually came to join their family, helping to care for "Jorge & Josephine", the grandparents as a live-in assistant caregiver. Jorge literally died in David’s arms & Josephine followed to the other side within months. After their deaths, Mazurek stayed on to help care for Scott's ever worsening medical disabilities. Despite never having used any illegal drugs in his entire life, both Mazurek & Negron were accused of "appearing heavily intoxicated with Cannabis". To sum up David’s culpability: an officer said: "there is no way he didn't know about it, so that means he was involved." There was also a misleading written accusation of violent assault being committed contained in and cited as probable cause on the application for the search warrant. This issue is about medical Freedom (of choice) or medical cannabis, illegal search & asset seizure. As Scott wrote: "We need your help and are asking, praying for help & calling on you, fellow citizens and friends: all Medical Cannabis advocates for desperately needed moral/vocal support." Statement from Negron: "I hope to convince you to take a minute to look into my case, sign & circulate this petition to support me, a fellow who is sick and now in mortal danger. You see, I have been extremely ill, plagued with severe paralyzing chronic pain, degenerative joints & even longer with debilitating digestive ailments similar to Crohn's disease. I've run the gauntlet of doctors, almost a dozen of them, pain management and watched other friends die from long term heavy pain medication. Steroid treatment for asthma helped kill my father at 50 years old. The acute, chronic pain started circa 2000, & by 2005 doctor prescribed pharmaceutical pain-killers/Pain management, massive regular doses of anti-inflammatory & analgesics made it 25%-35% worse, AND added over 200lbs to my weight in under 2 years. In 2010 I left pain management and began to use cannabis in various Medicinal ways to treat my pain, inflammation, as a digestive aid (primarily by consumption, and various other ways, such as Juiced, RAW), but I never participated in any black market activities. My health responded so well, that we began exploring further options on healing." In 2015, I was arrested in Cobb Country and without any evidence of dealing or distribution what-so-ever, I was indited with the ridiculous charge of "Trafficking". However ludicrous the charges are - I am facing FIFTEEN YEARS IN PRISON. Please read my story and sign the petition to keep me FREE to recover from my long illnesses and to pursue medical health and happiness. "My assistant/caregiver & I are being tried in Cobb County Georgia, accused of "Trafficking." Is this the appropriate charge for the accusation of growing my own supply of Medical Cannabis for my health conditions? This issue is about medical Freedom (of choice). We need your help. I am asking, praying for help and calling on you, fellow citizens and friends: GEORGIA Medical Cannabis patients are desperately in need MORAL/VOCAL support from advocates. This issue is not about politics, it's about people who are suffering. I am a patient; a human being who is suffering, not a drug dealer or criminal profiteer. I want people to understand that I do not view our justice system, the Judge, D.A. or officers in this case as enemies. I know they are simply doing their job. I hold no contempt for them. As a man and citizen, I truly want to be a benefit to this issue; I want to help develop solutions and in all modesty: After almost twenty years of constant illness & suffering and the constant research done to find out how to help myself, I feel qualified & knowledgeable enough to do so. The disinformation campaign waged against Cannabis has been over seventy years. I believe that everyone would benefit from further truthful education and tolerance when it comes to Medical Cannabis. If they knew the truth and the facts, I do not believe they would want to put us in prison. "People who need Cannabis as medicine should be able to access it without participating in black market criminal activities. I respectfully believe people should be able to get it or grow it legally and should not be turned into criminals, and I promise to do everything I can to help with this cause. Never in my life would I have intended to be in this position any more than I intended to be sick. My life is difficult right now but I am not here to whine. I am here to ask for help to fight." There are MANY OTHERS suffering worse than I am. Self preservation is a human right and the strongest power on earth in this country, over any office of government is the power of a Jury of citizens; the voice of the People. Does this sick man & His caregiver belong in prison? Imprisoning them for the decision to save himself from what he believed was a certain death is not in the best interest of the People. If you are interested in any further information, you are welcomed to contact us through the FaceBook group. PLEASE JOIN OUR GROUP FOR MORE INFORMATION. Chronic Pain: Common Sense Justice for Medical Cannabishttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1670252609868714/ - Article by Lionshare P.R. Here is a link to the petition: https://www.change.org/p/georgia-state-senate-honorable-judge-kimberly-childs-cobb-county-disrict-attorney-vic-reynolds-cobb-county-assistant-district-attorney-marty-first-georgia-governor-stop-criminal-prosecution-scott-negron-and-caregiver-david-mazurek-for-medicinal-cannabis Click here to support David & Scott's Legal Defense Fund!"Send $5 dollars & forward to FIVE people who care about this issue!"https://www.gofundme.com/save-a-gorilla Thank you for your support." Warmest RegardsThomas Scott Negron- 404 6681287scott_negron@yahoo.com

Scott Negron
792 supporters