December 17, 2019 8:00PM – 8:30PM
Dial: (605) 313-5635
Access Code: 659303#
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A weekly conference call update on plans for the largest state-wide cannabis policy legislative event of the year – the 2020 Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition Lobby Day in Annapolis on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM).
1. Lobby Day Registration is Open – Please Share Broadly!
In anticipation of an adult use market taking shape for Maryland, we expect a larger number of people joining our lobby day this year in comparison to prior years. We want to include more bills this year as well!
2. Announcing 1st Annual Maryland Cannabis Conference – Monday, February 3, 2020!
Details to follow…
Upcoming events and other BRIEF announcements
In order to keep these calls short and to the point, we ask that anyone who may have items they’d like to add to the agenda, please post it in the discussion of this event.
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Our 15th conference call will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 7:30PM – 8:30PM. Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-5635 Access code: 659303# International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kris387 Online meeting ID: kris387 Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/
2020 Maryland General Assembly Lobby Day Planning Call #1 Co-Hosted with Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition (MCPC)
1. Lobby Day: February 2020
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
a. Bills having chance of passing – i.e., increase civil penalty threshold from 10g to 113.4g (4 oz)
b. Bills that won’t pass
2. Maryland Cannabis Law and Policy Summit
Description: On the Monday before Lobby Day, have an all day cannabis law and policy conference. 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon = review bills (we anticipate 9-12 bills total, some will have a chance to pass, some won’t). Legislators will speak for their bills, attendees can ask questions about the bills. 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM = lobby day training. Roll play, what to expect on lobby day, team up with other people from your same legislative district to strategize, help profile legislators to make civic engagement more effective, etc. Night reception/fundraiser/party with keynote speakers (a). Marilyn Mosby to convey Vanguard Award, and (b). Major Neal Franklin, LEAP re: Law Enforcement and need to change enforcement level.
3. Civil Disobedience for Home Grow Rights?
Hey Maryland! We need your help.
We want to bring it to the attention of the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, (MMCC) that we are doing harm to the environment by not addressing the poor standards we currently have for packaging in the cannabis industry. As we are getting settled and making changes to our medical program, and as we fight to get closer to full legalization in Maryland, we have to remember to think green, REALLY GREEN!
We want your doobtubes, your plastic baggies, your poptops containers, even all that cardboard packaging that you have to tear through just to get to the product! We are taking any and all cannabis packaging. Our goal is to change the regulations to be more environmentally friendly and hopefully set an example to the rest of the country that we need better packaging for ALL products! NO MORE SINGLE USE PACKAGING! JUST SAY NO TO PLASTIC!
Joining Efforts with you, your community, and your local dispensary.
All packaging collected for this demonstration will be donated to “The High 5 Recycling Initiative” to ensure all it is all reused/re-purposed and stays out of our landfills and waterways.
On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, members of DCMJ, MDMJ, VAMJ, and COMJ descended upon the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to demand Congress pass meaningful cannabis reform laws. Below are photos & videos from the demonstration which are available for unrestricted use by the media.
+ Bloomberg: Giant Joint Deployed in Campaign for Cannabis Banking Bill
+ Roll Call: Yep, that’s a giant joint on the lawn of the Capitol
+ High Times: Cannabis Advocacy Groups Bring 51-foot Inflated Joint To Congress
+ Boston Globe: Giant joint deployed in campaign for cannabis banking bill
+ Medill News Service: Marijuana Activists and Holmes Norton Push for Legalization of Marijuana in DC
Join MDMJ for our 4th planning meeting of 2019!
When: September 24th, 2019 from 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Where: The meeting will be held at Wilde Lake Park, located in Columbia, Maryland.
We’re headed to Columbia, MD to continue growing and building up for meeting with members of the Maryland General Assembly in January.
The agenda will be posted the day of the meeting.
Our 10th conference call will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd from 7:30PM – 8:30PM. Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-5635 Access code: 659303# International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kris387 Online meeting ID: kris387 Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kris387
If you have agenda item suggestions please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the country moves forward with cannabis legalization, and hopefully soon an end to federal prohibition once and for all, we are seeing a huge problem with packaging standards in the cannabis industry. The amount of plastic being used to package even the smallest quantities of product is overwhelming! MDMJ is advocating for more eco-friendly, non-toxic packaging standards in the cannabis industry. We are planning our next big action in efforts to change how we package our cannabis. We’re asking patients in Maryland to start collecting your cannabis packaging from the dispensary! If you need them to be picked up, contact us at email@example.com. Talk to your local dispensary about supporting this effort. Our goal is to pass more eco-friendly and sustainable packaging standards not only in the cannabis industry, but eventually for all products. It’s time we move away from plastic and find a better way to package our products that won’t destroy our planet. Who’s with us? Start collecting and spread the word!
Our 8th conference call will be held on Tuesday, August 20th from 7:30PM – 8:30PM. Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-5635 Access code: 659303# International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kris387 Online meeting ID: kris387 Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kris387
If you have agenda item suggestions please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight’s agenda will be focused on yesterday’s hearing with the Maryland General Assembly Marijuana Legalization Work Group, as well as the new announcement that the smell of cannabis is no longer a reason to search someone anymore. There has been much controversy surrounding this issue and would like to hear everyone’s thoughts on the new updates going on.
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We had our last meeting in Baltimore, and it was a huge success! Now, we’re headed to Frederick, MD to continue growing and building up for meeting with members of the Maryland General Assembly in January. The meeting location HAS CHANGED due to the weather. We will be meeting at MULLINIX PARK in Frederick, Maryland underneath the pavilion in the park.
Mullinix Park is located behind the intersection of Bentz St. and W. All Saints St. On either street, there is a small alley road you will turn onto called Mullinix Alley where there is also parking. If you need help finding this location please call 720-607-8369 or email email@example.com. There is a 50% chance of rain at 7PM so be sure to bring what you need, and if the rain is coming down too hard we can move to the Blue Side Tavern located right behind the park.
- Introductions; tell us why you’re here.
- Anti-plastic action announcement/ideas
- NORML’s Lobby Day
- Lobby efforts
- Policy Proposal
- Federal Updates
- Maryland Updates
- Conference Call Updates
- Compassionate Care Fund/New ideas