Colorado: House Hearing On Medical Marijuana Bill Joe February 9, 2011 Activism, Exclusive Web Content, Politics This Thursday there is going to be a hearing in front of the Colorado House Judiciary Committee regarding House Bill 11-1043, a bill that will tinker with last year’s HB 1284. The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers. Below is an email announcement about the hearing from The Cannabis Therapy Institute. House Judiciary Committee Hearing on HB 11-1043 Old Supreme Court Chambers Second Floor, North End, State Capitol Building State Capitol Building 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80201 *** Please arrive early to sign up to testify. *** Sign-up inside the Old Supreme Court Chambers to testify. Attire: Dress to Impress Provisions: Bring food and water, as the hearing may last a while. The south entrance is handicapped accessible. LISTEN ONLINE You listen online to the Old Supreme Court Chambers. http://www.coloradochannel.net/ ACTION ALERT: HEARING ON HB1043 House Bill 11-1043 is this years’ medical marijuana bill. It was introduced in the state legislature by Sen. Pat Steadman (D-Denver) and Rep. Tom Massey (R-Poncha Springs). The bill designed to “clean up” some of the problems with the medical marijuana legislation (HB 10-1284) passed by the legislature last year. However, it fails to address any of the core issues facing patients, like patient privacy. CTI met with Sen. Steadman in January, and he refused to add any language to this bill that would protect patient privacy rights or to protect any other patient rights, saying such legislation “wouldn’t pass”. Click here to read the bill http://www.leg.state.co.us/ Please contact all members of the House Judiciary Committee and Sen. Steadman and Rep. Massey and ask them to insert language to protect patient medical privacy. Sample Letter to House Judiciary Committee “I urge you to insert language into House Bill 11-1043 that will protect patient privacy. The Department of Revenue is forcing patients to give up their Constitutional right to privacy by requiring Medical Marijuana Centers to videotape and photograph patients as they purchase medicine and to keep track of all of that information in a database open to law enforcement on demand. Patients will not shop at MMCs if there privacy rights are not protected. Please help preserve confidential access to medical marijuana for all of Colorado’s sick and dying patients.” We are urging you to CALL and EMAIL the House Judiciary Committee Members. COPY AND PASTE EMAILS: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org *FULL CONTACT INFO* House Judiciary Committee Members Phone and Email BOB GARDNER, Chair Colorado State Representative, District 21 Capitol Phone: (303)866-2191 E-Mail: email@example.com MARK BARKER, Vice Chair Colorado State Representative, District 17 Capitol Phone: 303-866-3069 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org BRIAN DELGROSSO Colorado State Representative, District 51 Capitol Phone: (303)866-2947 E-Mail: email@example.com CRISANTA DURAN Colorado State Representative, District 5 Capitol Phone: 303-866-2925 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org DANIEL KAGAN Colorado State Representative, District 3 Capitol Phone: (303)866-2921 E-Mail: email@example.com PETE LEE Colorado State Representative, District 18 Capitol Phone: 303-866-2932 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CLAIRE LEVY Minority Whip Colorado State Representative, District 13 Capitol Phone: (303)866-2578 E-Mail: email@example.com B.J. NIKKEL Majority Whip Colorado State Representative, District 49 Phone: 303-866-2907 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SU RYDEN Asssistant Minority Caucus Chair Colorado State Representative, District 36 Capitol Phone: 303-866-2942 E-mail: email@example.com JERRY SONNENBERG Colorado State Representative, District 65 Capitol Phone: 303-866-3706 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MARK WALLER Assistant Majority Leader Colorado State Representative, District 15 Capitol Phone: (303)866-5525 E-Mail: email@example.com HB 11-1043 BILL SPONSORS REP. TOM MASSEY (R-Poncha Springs) Capitol Phone: 303-866-2747 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SEN. PAT STEADMAN (D-Denver) Capitol Phone: 303-866-4861 E-mail: email@example.com CAREGIVERS TAKE ACTION Caregivers are urged to rally their patients to attend this hearing at the Capitol. Forward this action alert to your email list and post it on your website. When people talk about taking action and hands-on activism, this is what they mean. If you live in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado for that matter, do what you can to make it to the hearing – especially patients and caregivers. The only way your representatives know your opinion is for you to tell them. Whether or not they care is another matter; if they don’t, they need to be targeted for political elimination. But if you don’t make your story known, they will vote on this bill without ever knowing the other side; the side of tens of thousands of patients and caregiver from all over the state. Spread the word about this hearing so as many people as possible in Colorado can hear about it. If they don’t know, then they can’t make their voices heard. - Joe Klare Pingback: Tweets that mention Colorado: House Hearing On Medical Marijuana Bill | The 420 Times -- Topsy.com malcolm kyle We all have our victories and defeats as regards fear, but most of us strive not to let fear rule our hearts or our minds. Being free means being free to live and love as if death and fear had no power over us. Freedom also means that we have an ethical and moral responsibility to expose blind hate, lies and ignorance by shining eternal light, truth and love, sending such dark forces fleeing to the shadows from whence they came. We explore outer space with various forms of space craft, but many choose to explore inner space via nature’s abundant chemistry – an infinite journey into the heart of God. Whatever, we are here to explore this glorious universe. The Prohibitionist’s brand of hateful, choking pseudo-Conservatism is the antithesis of all that. Like a lion who cannot grasp that he can do more than walk in a circle the size of the cage he’s recently been freed from, the prohibitionist is incapable of exploration beyond the boundaries of his own fear, prejudice and loathing. We are all free to choose how we walk our own path, but when we choose to go beyond this by supporting drug-war demagoguery, to the point of even threatening others with imprisonment and physical violence, we loose the right to expect any form of respect from the once free and prosperous society that we are helping to totally destroy. Thanks to prohibition we’re about to lose all semblance of that once ordered, prosperous and safe society. Myself, along with many others, have been debating prohibitionists on this for many years. We have shown what destruction prohibition has wrought on all the civil institutions of this once great nation, -we’ve always provided facts and statistics – they, the prohibitionists, have countered with either lies, personal abuse or even serious threats of violence. Ending the insanity of drug prohibition by legalized regulation, respecting the rights of the responsible users and focusing on addiction as a sickness, like we do with alcohol and tobacco, may save what remains of our economy and civil institutions along with countless lives and livelihoods. Prohibition continues unabated for shameful political reasons. It cannot, and never will, reduce drug use or addiction. Prohibition has permanently scarred our national character as well as our individual psyches. Our national policies and cultural practices have become pervaded by the fascistic, prohibitionist mind-set which has turned our domestic police force into a bunch of paramilitary thugs who often commit extra-judicial beatings and executions while running roughshod over our rights in order to “protect us from ourselves”. When we eventually manage to put the horrors of this moronothon behind us, we’ll need to engage in some very deep and honest soul-searching as to what we want to be as a nation. Many of our freedoms have been severely circumscribed or lost altogether, our economy has been trashed and our international reputation for being “free and fair” has been dragged through a putrid sewer by vicious narrow-minded drug warrior zealots who are ignorant of abstract concepts such as truth, justice and decency. We’ll need to make sure that such a catastrophe is never ever repeated. This may mean that public hearings or tribunals will be held where those who’ve been the instigators and cheerleaders of this abomination will have to answer for their serious crimes against our once prosperous and proud nation. Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada’s inquisition, it’s supporters are servants of tyranny and hate; if you’re aware of but not enraged by it’s shear waste and cruel atrocities then both your heart and soul must surely be dead.