Weekly Conference Call #3


We apologize for having to cancel last weeks conference call, so thanks for bearing with us. It’s been a busy week in Annapolis. Great dialog on our last conference call. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend. We discussed ways to recruit through upcoming networking events, we’ve created a dialog for talking points for our upcoming meetings, and we’re now taking public comment for what we’ve drafted up so far. Please take some time to submit your feedback. Your voice is needed. The form is available on MDMJ.org.

MDMJ will be holding 4 consecutive lobby days starting January 8, 2020 leading up to the end of the legislative session in April.. We will use this time to prepare, recruit, train, and hold phone banking/letter writing campaigns. We plan to be prepared come January so we have a lot of work to do.

For those who would like to attend the quarterly commission meeting in Annapolis TOMORROW, we encourage you to come sit in and listen. The meeting will take place June 27th, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Joint Hearing Room Department of Legislative Services Building 90 State Circle, 1st Floor Annapolis, MD 21401.

If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out the form.

Our third conference call will be held on Tuesday July 2nd from 7:30PM – 8:30PM.

Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-5635
Access code: 659303#
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Agenda

Instructions – Upon joining the conference call, we will ask that you put your phone on mute to eliminate background noise so that the person speaking can be heard by everyone on the call and there are no interruptions.

Introductions – Say who you are and what organization you’re with if applicable. Did you get a chance to watch the Marijuana Legalization Work Group Hearing from Tuesday, the 25th?

Discuss Marijuana Legalization Work Group Meeting

Discuss talking point comment submissions

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If there is anything else you feel should be added to next weeks agenda, please send a message and we will be glad to add it.

Q&A/Suggestions/Feedback/Comments

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LIVE Stream: Marijuana Legalization Task Force!

Maryland NORML and MDMJ 2018 invite you to witness history – the Maryland General Assembly’s “Marijuana Legalization Task Force” (#MDMLTF) will hold their first post-session meeting at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The event is not designed as a public comment period, but like most legislative deliberations the event is public. We will broadcast the #MDGA20’s #MDMLTF LIVE on Facebook! Please RSVP!

The first cannabis legalization workgroup meeting has been schedule for Tuesday, June 25! Details: 

When: Tuesday, June 25 1:00PM

Where: Joint Hearing Room, Department of Legislative Services.

90 State Circle Annapolis, Maryland.

Agenda: 

  1. Briefing from the Network for Public Health Law-Eastern Region on federal and State criminalization of marijuana 
  2. Briefing from the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission on the state’s medical cannabis program

The meeting is open to the public, and there will also be a live stream of the meeting on the state’s website

MDMJ Weekly Conference Call #2

During our first conference call we discussed strategies, recruitment, and volunteer opportunities.


For those who would like to attend the quarterly commission meeting in Annapolis, we encourage you to come sit in and listen. The meeting will take place June 27th, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Joint Hearing Room Department of Legislative Services Building 90 State Circle, 1st Floor Annapolis, MD 21401.

Updates on the 1st conference call:
MDMJ will be holding 4 consecutive lobby days starting January 8, 2020 leading up to the end of the legislative session in April.. We will use this time to prepare, recruit, train, and hold phone banking/letter writing campaigns. We plan to be prepared come January so we have a lot of work to do.


If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out the form below.


Our second conference call will be held on Tuesday June 18th 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

Agenda
Instructions – Upon joining the conference call, we will ask that you put your phone on mute to eliminate background noise so that the person speaking can be heard by everyone on the call and there are no interruptions.
Introductions – Say who you are and what organization you’re with if applicable.
Updates on volunteer efforts (talking points and thank you letters)
Volunteer Collaboration Opportunities
Discuss talking points
Updates on recruiting efforts
Q&A/Suggestions/Feedback/Comments

Weekly Conference Call #2

MDMJ’s mission is to fight for cannabis users, growers and their families in the free state.

During our first conference call we discussed strategies, recruitment, job delegations and volunteer opportunities.

For those who would like to attend the quarterly commission meeting in Annapolis, we encourage you to come sit in and listen. The meeting will take place June 27th, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Joint Hearing Room Department of Legislative Services Building 90 State Circle, 1st Floor Annapolis, MD 21401.
Updates on the 1st conference call:

MDMJ will be holding 4 consecutive lobby days starting January 8, 2020 leading up to the end of the legislative session in April.. We will use this time to prepare, recruit, train, and hold phone banking/letter writing campaigns. We plan to be prepared come January so we have a lot of work to do.

If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out the form by clicking this link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6qAYxcR92v7CXG93AGWAB0-xn4vH-5iKm3PA__klUCeaRyA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR13Cmewp_mODnpP3tdesn1Pq-q6Alr6XeO4WUiBe4lUju9Vm7oBbvT38XI

Our second conference call will be held on Tuesday June 18th 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

Agenda

Instructions – Upon joining the conference call, we will ask that you put your phone on mute to eliminate background noise so that the person speaking can be heard by everyone on the call and there are no interruptions.

Introductions – Say who you are and what organization you’re with if applicable.

Updates on volunteer efforts (talking points and thank you letters)

Discuss talking points

Updates on recruitment

We look forward to growing, so please spread the word!

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MDMJ Conference Call

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The meeting we held in Bethesda last month was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend. At the meeting we discussed organizing a lobby day in Annapolis. With a bit of research and a handful of phone calls, our plan is to hold several meetings, conference calls and training sessions up until January 8th 2020, when the new session begins. This gives us plenty of time to prepare, as well as to organize a letter writing campaign to send your delegates expressing why it is important to fully legalize. A spreadsheet has been generated with a list of every delegate in Maryland who did NOT co-sponsor any marijuana legalization legislation last session. Out of 141 Delegates throughout every district in the state, only 30 delegates have either sponsored or co-sponsored legalization bills. It is also very interesting to discover the handfuls of delegates who are part of the Marijuana Legalization Work Group but did not co-sponsor any cannabis legalization bills put through last session by delegates Moon and Luedtke. These are the people we plan to meet with. We must get them on board with our progressive agenda. Without co-sponsors, these bills will go nowhere and cannabis will continue to be illegal to those who need it.

Have you ever shared with your friends or family how cannabis has helped you? Well, we also need you to express your stories to the law makers that represent you. There is no wrong way to tell your story, but we will be holding training sessions so that everyone feels confident and prepared. If you’ve ever felt compelled to get more involved in your community, then now is the time! Legalization is upon us, and it is up to us to win the fight against prohibition.

Our first conference call will be held on Tuesday June 11th 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

Agenda

Instructions – Upon joining the conference call, we will ask that you put your phone on mute to eliminate background noise so that the person speaking can be heard by everyone on the call and there are no interruptions.

Introductions – Say who you are and what organization you’re with if applicable.

Updates on lobby day efforts – slight changes in dates and strategies.

Volunteer Opportunities – By clicking the link, it will direct you to our Google Forms volunteer sign up sheet. In addition to attending lobby day in Annapolis in January, if you are able to volunteer your time for prep and follow up assignments, we need you!

Questions and comments about volunteering opportunities

Recruiting

End of meeting; reminder for next weeks conference call.

If you are subscribed to MDMJ’s email list, you have been emailed the conference call invitation, so please check your inbox

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MDMJ May Meeting

MDMJ is coming to a district near YOU! Since Maryland is such a huge state, we will be having meetings throughout the state at least once a month. So let us know where you’d like to see us come next!



Looking to become more involved in your community? Passionate about cannabis being legalized in Maryland? Then this meeting is for you! We realize that with Maryland being such a big state, we need to take the movement to YOU! MDMJ will be holding meetings throughout the state so that everyone who is passionate about this issue, has the opportunity to become an important member in this community organization. Our mission is to LEGALIZE, NORMALIZE, and fight for FREEDOM! Over the last month, several members of DCMJ, MDMJ, and VAMJ have been lobbying on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for better protections for the consumers. For more information on how these meetings for new legislation went, check out MDMJ on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We are so excited to see some new faces and learn what it is that matters most to you with cannabis legalization. This is a community effort so not only is being a voice encouraged, but it is NEEDED! Let’s take back our rights to grow our own cannabis!

When: Thursday, May 30th, 2019 from 7:00PM – 8:30PM



Where: 4844 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814

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Agenda

7:00PM – 7:05PM – Introduction; Tell Us Who You Are!

7:05PM – 7:30PM –
Exercise – Tell Us Why You’re Here

7:30PM – 7:50PM –
Update on AJ Dawson; Sentenced to 60 Days in Wicomico Jail

7:50PM – 8:10PM –
Congressional Seed In – What We Did, Why We Did It, And What We’re Going To Do Next

8:10PM – 8:25PM –
Home Cultivation Rights; Beating The Monopoly

8:25PM – 8:30PM – Closing Statements

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Congressional Seed-In

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 8, 2018
CONTACT:
ADAM EIDINGER (202)744-2671
Adam@DCMJ.org

“Congressional Seed-In” Announced for April 2, 2019

Citizens to Lawfully Give Viable Cannabis Seeds to Members of Congress to Demand Federal Legislation to Grow Cannabis At Home

No Current Legislation in Congress Explicitly Legalizes Home Cultivation as Corporate Lobby Grab Leaves Many Americans No Way Grow

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, cannabis reform advocates from DC Marijuana Justice (“DCMJ”), Maryland Marijuana Justice (“MDMJ”), and Virginia Marijuana Justice (“VAMJ”) will descend on Capitol Hill to lawfully give away cannabis seeds to members of Congress and their staff, 21 years of age and older. The action is to call for cannabis consumer-friendly legislation that permits adults to grow cannabis in the comfort and privacy of their homes & backyards.

“As full legalization & descheduling of cannabis approaches cannabis consumers & medical patients must be able to travel throughout the United States without fear of arrest, detainment, or harassment,” says Dawn Lee-Carty, Founder of Speak Life, a mom and founder of Speak Life, an organization dedicated to educating parents and legislators on the benefits of cannabis. Ms. Lee-Carty came to advocate the use of CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis, and THC after pharmaceuticals failed to adequately treat her epileptic 11 year old daughter. Due to the federal prohibitions on cannabis, Ms. Lee-Carty cannot travel with her daughters medicine.

After voters in the District of Columbia approved Initiative 71 in November 2014 and Congress approved the law in February 2015, all adults aged 21 years of age or older can legally grow & possess small amounts cannabis in the District of Columbia. With the annual spring planting taking place after the last frost in late April, the “Congressional Seed-In” aims to help members of Congress and their staff lawfully start their cannabis gardens in the District of Columbia. Outdoor cannabis requires cannabis to be grown in cycle with the seasons, so a timely spring planting is integral to the success of the crop. However, not every American is afforded the right to grow their own cannabis. Instead many Americans are forced to buy their cannabis from dispensaries, which costs as much as 10 times more than home grown cannabis.

“The only legislation we see in the 116th Congress moving is backed by lobbyists to deal with business interests,” says Adam Eidinger, Proposer of Initiative 71 . “We’re going up to the Hill to encourage members of Congress and their staff that they represent more cannabis consumers than cannabis businesses. We want to legally grow cannabis as a basic right and this is frankly more important to me than access to banks or tax reform for huge marijuana businesses,” adds Edinger.

WHO: Members of DCMJ, MDMJ and VAMJ, expert growers, and cannabis reform activists
WHAT: “Congressional Seed-In” – A Seed Giveaway for members of Congress and their staff
WHEN: April 2, 2019, 11:00 am until 4:20 pm – Ending Rally Near Capitol Steps on East side
WHERE: All Congressional Offices in Washington, DC
WHY: Citizens demand meaningful legislation that fully ends prohibition cannabis cultivation for every adult and allows the movement of cannabis between all States.

“I don’t want cannabis grown using nuclear or coal power. I want it grown using natural sunlight. The current system of using costly warehouses to grow cannabis plants under synthetic light using synthetic chemicals is bad for consumers and bad for the environment. There is a better way,” says Ms. Lee-Carty, who currently grows using LED technology, but would prefer to grow her daughter’s cannabis outdoors..

“The age of utilizing expensive warehouses to grow cannabis is a relic of prohibition and DCMJ & MDMJ believe that cannabis should return to the fields from which it was formerly grown,” says MDMJ co-founder Kris Furnish. “Congress and state leaders have been standing in the way of cannabis consumer friendly reform, while poll after poll show that the American public fully supports the full legalization of cannabis, including home grow.

ABOUT DCMJ
Since its founding in 2013, DCMJ has lead the nation in creative and high-profile cannabis reform activism. After introducing and passing ballot initiative 71, which legalized the possession and cultivation of cannabis in the District of Columbia, DCMJ organized two large seed giveaways that provided all adults the means to grow cannabis for themselves. Since then DCMJ has deployed giant 51’ inflatable joints outside the White House, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Times Square in New York City, the 2016 Presidential Debates, and Boston’s Freedom Rally, as well as distributing over 10,000 joints of District of Columbia home grown cannabis at the Inauguration of President Donald Trump to most recently, attempting to distribute 1,227 joints at the congressional “Joint Session” in 2017, where U.S. Capitol Police unlawfully arrested seven DCMJ activists. All charges were dropped the following day. The “Congressional Seed-In” is DCMJ’s fourth annual “Reschedule 4/20,” day of action to highlight the need for meaningful cannabis reform legislation in the United States. In 2018 and 2019, aligned organizations MDMJ & VAMJ were formed to advocate for cannabis reform in Maryland and Virginia.

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Point By Point Rebuttal of the False Accusations From Congressman Andy Harris.

March 1, 2019

Dear Rep. Harris,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry. Unfortunately, the information you provided had no sources or references, so I was able to find a vast array of reliable studies and surveys that provided contrasting data to all of the alleged negative impacts of marijuana legalization. First, a study from Kent University states that there is no concrete evidence that strict marijuana laws deter young people from using or abusing cannabis. Based on analytical data from 38 countries, Alex Stevens concluded that when a more theoretically relevant group of respondents was used to re-apply and re-analyze data from the Health Behavior in School aged Children Survey, there was no statistically significant association between policy reform and higher odds of adolescent cannabis use.

While people with a family history of psychotic disorders or that have experienced childhood abuse have a greater possibility of developing psychosis due to cannabis use, there is still only a very small percent of the population that is susceptible to these disorders, and more importantly, being familiar with genetic indications of psychotic disorders outweighs any added effect of cannabis use. Furthermore Harvard Medical School performed a recent study of cannabis related to schizophrenia in which Dr. Delisi concluded that a genetic predisposition is necessary, meaning that cannabis does not cause schizophrenia by itself.

Since the state of Colorado passed Amendment 64 in 2012 and enacted the legislation in 2014, annual marijuana use among teens has decreased in adolescents aged 12-17, according to two surveys performed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. In addition to Colorado, jurisdictions such as Maine, the District of Columbia and California also have statistics that show a decrease in marijuana use among youth ages 12-17 proceeding the legalization of cannabis.

In conclusion, there are a number of widely accepted sources that collectively agree about the positive medical benefits of cannabis in addition to policy reforms enacted by states can decrease use among adolescents. The true issue surrounding marijuana policy reform is the disproportionate arrest rates of African-Americans to whites for non-violent possession charges. My sole reason for asking you to support H.R. 420 is to discontinue the arrest of citizens for the possession of marijuana, which has been used as a tactic to destroy the lives of minorities with fines, court costs, and criminal records, which have prevented me from obtaining employment with numerous companies. I highly encourage you to consider these sources and perform more research about the positive effects of marijuana legalization and the negative effects of prohibition, such as blacks representing 50 percent of people incarcerated in the United States, even though they represent 30 percent of the overall population. Mendacious

Sincerely,

AJ Dawson

MDMJ, Co-Founder

References

Bhandari, Smitha. M. D. “Marijuana and Schizophrenia: Is There a Link?” WebMD, WebMD, 22 Nov. 2018, www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/schizophrenia-marijuana-link#1.

Carey, Benedict. “Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Jan. 2019, www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/health/cannabis-marijuana-schizophrenia.html.

Ellis, Lisa. “Medical Marijuana for Schizophrenia: Weighing the Risks and Benefits.” PsyCom.net – Mental Health Treatment Resource Since 1986, www.psycom.net/medical-marijuana-schizophrenia.

Miller, Blair. “Kids’ Marijuana Use Flat in Colorado in 2017.” 7NEWS, 19 July 2018, www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/share-of-colorado-kids-using-marijuana-stays-flat-in-2017-while-adult-use-increases-reports-say.

Newman, Tim. “Cannabis and Schizophrenia: New Evidence Unveiled.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 28 Apr. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317170.php.

Proal, A C, et al. “A Controlled Family Study of Cannabis Users with and without Psychosis.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Jan. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24309013.

Roberts, Michael. “Activist: Falling Colorado Teen Pot Use Stats Hard for Jeff Sessions to Dismiss.” Westword, 4, 14 Aug. 2018, www.westword.com/news/colorado-teen-marijuana-use-falls-in-federal-study-9782555.

Salley, Mark. “Marijuana Use in Colorado Rises for Adults, Stays the Same for Kids.” Gov. John Hickenlooper | The Official Site of Governor Hickenlooper, 19 July 2018, www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/marijuana-use-2017.

Stevens, Alex. “Is Policy ‘Liberalization’ Associated with Higher Odds of Adolescent Cannabis Use? A Re-Analysis of Data from 38 Countries.” NeuroImage, Academic Press, 16 Feb. 2019, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0955395919300210?dgcid=author.
Wright, D. SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, and RTI International. “National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Comparison of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Population Percentages (50 States and the District of Columbia).” Stages of Community Readiness | SAMHSA,www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHsaeShortTermCHG2016/NSDUHsaeShortTermCHG2016.htm.

PRESS RELEASE: Maryland General Assembly Schedules Hearings for Cannabis Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: ALFRED DAWSON (214) 384-1732
KRIS FURNISH (720) 607-8369

February 18, 2019

Maryland General Assembly Schedules Hearings for Cannabis Bills

Bills Being Heard Would Allow Police To Obtain Free Medical Cannabis And Tax, Regulate And Legalize Adult Use

ANNAPOLIS, MD USA — The hearings for SB0383 and SB0771 in the Maryland Senate will take place on February 26th, 2019 at 12 P.M. noon at the James Senate Office Building in Annapolis, MD. Senate Bill 0383, introduced by Senator Cheryl Kagan, (D-17) would allow law enforcement to obtain medical cannabis at no cost, not be subject to arrest or punishment under certain circumstances, and also grants many other benefits to law enforcement obtaining and using medical cannabis for the purpose of establishing a program to study the effects of intoxication as it relates to impaired driving. SB0383 provides advantages to law enforcement without preferential treatment to our nation’s veterans, that have been negatively affected by the war on drugs, and would still be subject to arrest for the possession of cannabis under Maryland state law even if this bill passes.

“If we are doing this for police officers, then why can’t we do the same for our veterans, who continue to take their lives at a rate of twenty two a day due to suffering from illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and chronic pain?” said Kris Furnish of Maryland Marijuana Justice, (MDMJ). MDMJ assisted in facilitating and organizing the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition “Lobby Day 2019” on February, 5th. Furnish adds, “We can’t continue to arrest people and just let the police have free cannabis, we need our delegates to change the law now.”

SB0771, introduced by Senator Will Smith (D-20) would legalize, tax and regulate the adult use and cultivation of cannabis in April of 2020. While this bill allows for the cultivation of up to 4 plants by an individual over the age of 21, there are very precise restrictions surrounding the visibility of cannabis plants in a cultivators residence. These provisions do not allow for plants to be publicly visible, and also require that the plants be locked and not accessible to persons under the age of 21, but does not include any exemptions or exceptions for medical youth patients. Although these bills enact more regulations regarding cannabis, the specific guidelines within them have potential to continue the injustices we have seen perpetuated by the failed war on drugs.

“We want to make sure that the counties aren’t shafted by the tax revenue generated from legalization” said Alfred Dawson of MDMJ. Mr. Dawson adds, “Our representatives know that this issue is important to their constituents, and with the right laws in place, everyone can benefit”. In addition to the two bills in the Senate, members of MDMJ, Maryland NORML and others united under the banner of the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition raised awareness of two bills in the Maryland House of delegates that also pertain to the legalization, taxation, and regulation of cannabis.

HB0632 introduced by Delegate David Moon (D-20) would amend the Maryland State constitution to put the question of legalizing marijuana on the November 2020 Presidential election ballot. While this bill allows for the most democratic approach to legalization, it also has the potential for voter suppression or other factors to negatively influence the results. The alternative approach is HB0656 introduced by Delegate Eric Luedtke, (D-17) the jointly related bill to SB0771, which would enact full scale legalization of cannabis in April of 2020, but also has to be approved by a super majority in both houses of the General Assembly (85 votes) in order to avoid veto by incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who has openly opposed the legalization of cannabis for adult use. The hearings for the two House bills will take place at the Maryland House of Delegates Chamber on March 6th at 1 PM.

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Maryland Marijuana Justice is an organization dedicated to fighting for cannabis users, growers and their families in the free state.