Last year, FL CAN's President and Executive Director, Cathy Jordan and Jodi James, worked hard to prepare for the 2012 Legislative Session. They studied the committees, they learned the names and faces of the State Senators and State House Members who needed to say yes to our bill and they did the real work it takes to impact the state legislature.
Walking away from the 2012 Legislative session without safe access to cannabis on the ballot was hard. FL CAN knows how important it is to change cannabis laws. We know the cost in human lives; the young people who will be arrested, the sick and affirmed that will suffer without this medicine or suffer because they choose to use cannabis.
In April, we began this petition asking Governor Scott for Amnesty for Patients. With only 2800 signatures on the petition, we did not think we had a chance to get the Governors attention, but we promised to deliver the petition, so we began relentlessly requesting an audience with the Governor!
After weeks of e-mails, phone calls and letters, we got the meeting!
On August 2, 2012, we have a meeting with the Governor's Office of Budget and Policy Chief Advisor.
When the Governor's staff agreed to take the meeting we were thrilled.
Could this mean Governor Scott is interested in creating a more sensible policy for cannabis?
If so, it is going to take more than a few thousand signatures for him to listen to us!
Will you help us get enough signatures to convince the Governor before August 2, 2012?
10,000 signatures, 20,000 signatures, we don't know what it will take to move the Governor, but Cathy and I feel certain if you help us get thousands of signatures before August 2, the staff will bring the Governor into the meeting!
We are putting together real-life stories like our friend Kathy Day's. Kathy is facing charges for a small amount of cannabis found in a room she rented. Kathy refuses to plead guilty for what she and her doctors agree is medicine. The case has been going on nearly 2-years.
Or how about Delbert from North Florida. Delbert is a 62-year old veteran. When his insurance company stopped paying for the Marinol (synthetic THC - one of the active ingredient in cannabis) Delbert chose to grow a couple of plants for his medicine. When police helicopters spotted the plants, the S.W.A.T team returned to raid the property. After over a year of prosecution, Delbert plead guilty and paid a fine. He was facing 11 years in prison and $11,000.00 in fines. Delbert suffers from multiple medical problems including heart and liver disease causing chronic nausea, chronic fatigue and depression.
Help us stop the madness.
Help us stop the prosecution of patients using a medicine approved in 18 states and nations around the globe!
Join us in asking the Governor to end the War on Patients by giving them Amnesty!