I’m the first to admit that I can be an awesome fundraiser for others but I’m really horrible for myself. I struggle with blowing my own horn or asking for money for my own organization.
That’s why I am so overwhelmed and humbled by the response to the fundraising email I sent out to friends at the end of last week. Just when I think nobody cares, friends step up to remind me that the work I do is important and appreciated.
In just a few days we raised nearly $1500 to pay for my trip to Washington, D.C. for the Drug Policy Alliance Reform Conference at the end of November!
Extra special shout out and thanks to Peter Perrone with Gobi Analytical for sponsoring my trip to the tune of $1000! Peter and Gobi have long been solid supporters of our work for patients.
Other contributors include Maureen McNamara (Cannabis Trainers), Stephen Justino, Khadijah Adams (Marijuana Investment), Rachel Gillette, Esq., Jeri Shepherd, Esq., Peter Bockenthien, Betty Aldworth (SSDP) and Phred Riggs. Donations range from $5 to $100 and every penny is appreciated!
Thanks to the quick response of these wonderful people, expenses for my trip to D.C. should be more than covered. The flight is already booked. Hotel is the most expensive.
There’s still so much more to be done and we need the resources to do it. Any money received above and beyond what is needed for this conference will go toward additional travel, public outreach, and continuing to strengthen the organization. Please keep donating and supporting Cannabis Patients Alliance so patients will continue to be part of the conversation.
Read my email:
I need your help.
I’ve been asked to participate on a panel at the Drug Policy Alliance’s International Reform Conference in Washington D.C. next month and I can’t afford the trip on my own. It’s an honor to be asked, and I would really hate to miss this opportunity.
I’m thrilled to be asked to represent Colorado and patients in a panel discussion on “From Illicit to Licit: Challenges of Marijuana Legalization.” I will be joining other experts from Colorado including Dr. Larry Wolk, Shawn Coleman and Larisa Bolivar. Karen O’Keefe (MPP, California) and Diego Pieri (Uruguay) round out the panel. Please help me get to D.C. by donating to Cannabis Patients Alliance today.
I’ve worked hard to get to this point, dedicating time and resources to make sure that patients are represented in policy decisions, working with legislators, agencies, local governments and other organizations to understand their concerns around marijuana. There is no one better to speak to the particular challenges faced by medical marijuana patients during this transition into legalization.
In his morning address at the National Cannabis Summit last week, Andrew Freedman, the Governor’s Marijuana Czar, gave me a shout-out when he referred to me as The Patient Advocate for Colorado. Although we don’t always agree, he recognizes the importance of keeping the voice of patients in discussions about policies that impact their lives every day, and he knows I’ve worked hard to do that.
Although my first financial priority is paying for this conference, there is so much more work to be done and we need the resources to do it. Any money received above and beyond what is needed for this conference will go toward additional travel, public outreach, and continuing to strengthen the organization.
I’ve been asked to make educational and informational presentations in under-served areas of Colorado as well as in other states, which means additional travel expenses. We want to provide more opportunities for patients to come together to learn and engage with others in the community. It’s important that we continue supporting the efforts of our veterans, parents, and other patients as they engage in conversations within their communities. We’re in discussions to develop reasonable guidelines for physicians who recommend medical marijuana. We’ve launched a petition asking the Board of Health to pressure the federal government to allow researchers to use cannabis grown in Colorado. And we’re working on legislation for the 2016 session that will address issues for patients like employment, parenting and education.
Help me get to Washington, D.C. Help us continue working for patients. Please make a non-tax-deductible donation today.
Thank you for supporting me and Cannabis Patients Alliance!
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