CALL TO ACTION: Grassroots needed on the bill to add PTSD to list of approved MMJ conditions

UPDATE January 23, 2017

The committee hearing to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for the treatment of Medical Marijuana has been POSTPONED until next Monday, January 30th. The hearing will be at 1:30 PM in Senate Committee Room 357. This postponement came at our request to give us time to sort out a last minute legislative process challenge.

If you haven’t made calls and emails, please do so. We are hearing reports of lots of calls and emails on this issue so that is great news! Please encourage folks to keep the calls and emails coming if they haven’t made them already. They are definitely helping!


Hello supporters of SB17-017, the bill to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for treatment with medical marijuana.

We are excited to announce that the bill has been scheduled for its first committee hearing next Tuesday, January 24th in Senate State Affairs.  As it stands, we believe this bill will have the support it needs to come out of committee and move to the next phase of the process.   As such, the Senate bill sponsor has asked us to consider limiting testimony as is common in bills when they do not expect a controversial outcome.  While nobody can deny your right to publicly testify and tell your story, there are some tried and tested truths that come into play with legislation.  The biggest is that when you have the votes you want, you do not overwhelm the committee with testimony. This bill is currently scheduled to be the second of three bills up that morning.   They are all human. They get hungry (the committee will be before lunch), then angry, sometimes they find ways to disagree when testimony weighs on and it can put the bill at risk.

We are asking your help in reaching out and contacting the committee members by telephone and email asking for their support.  We want to show the committee the broad based support for this bill and your help in presenting a strong and positive grass roots showing before committee will build positive momentum going into committee.  We have included both telephone and e-mail contact information for the committee below for your convenience as well as some talking points for your consideration.  Please feel free to say whatever you feel is right, these are only for consideration.

In advocating for a bill there is a recipe to catching legislators’ attention:
·         The story of self – how this bill relates to you.
·         The story of us – how this bill relates to your community.
·         The story of now- what do we want you to do now? We want you to support SB 17-17.

Ideally you would not want to go more than a paragraph for each to hold their attention but say what you feel is right.  Tracking your experience with others and combining with a clear ask of what you would like is a very effective way to communicate with elected officials on proposed legislation. If you are a voter in their district, please mention that.  It helps to be polite and to acknowledge and thank them for their service.

In addition, we have created a one-page document with information and talking points that you can print or email.


Senate State Affairs Committee Capitol Contact Information

First Name Last Name Email Capitol Phone Party Affiliation
Lois Court lois.court.senate@state.co.us 303-866-4861 Democrat
Stephen Fenberg stephen.fenberg.senate@state.co.us
303-866-4872
Democrat
Vicki Marble vicki.marble.senate@state.co.us 303-866-4876 Republican
Ray Scott ray.scott.senate@state.co.us 303-866-3077 Republican
Jerry Sonnenberg senatorsonnenberg@gmail.com 303-866-6360 Republican

DRAFT email/phone talking points for consideration:

Dear Senator X,
I am writing today to ask your support of SB17-17, which adds Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for treatment of medical marijuana.   The bill is currently scheduled to be heard in your committee, Senate State Affairs, on Tuesday, January 24th.

This legislation comes to you from the Interim Committee on Cost-benefit Analysis of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado. The bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorders to the list of debilitating medical conditions approved for using medical marijuana.  This legislation will:

  • Allow individuals suffering from PTSD to have an honest conversation with their treating physician about how use of medical marijuana fits in a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Allow veterans with PTSD to participate in a state-authorized medical marijuana program as required by the Veterans Administration.
  • Allow PTSD sufferers, many who live on military disability benefits and other fixes sources of income, to pay substantially less for medical marijuana than other marijuana available in the retail market place.
  • Provide for access to medical marijuana strains that are not available in the retail market place.

Its time Colorado honor its Veterans and give them access to medical marijuana to treat the conditions they develop as a result of their service to our country.  It’s time to add PTSD and acute stress disorders to the list of approved-conditions.

Please support SB17-17 to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for treatment of medical marijuana in Senate State Affairs.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME & ADDRESS


**Thank you to Hoban Law Group for your help on this.**


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  1. The committee hearing to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for the treatment of Medical Marijuana has been POSTPONED until next Monday, January 30th. The hearing will be at 1:30PM in Senate Committee Room 357. This postponement came at our request to give us time to sort out a last minute legislative process challenge.

    If you haven’t made calls and emails, please do so. I am hearing reports of lots of calls and emails on this issue so that is great news! Please encourage folks to keep the calls and emails coming if they haven’t made them already. They are definitely helping!

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  2. I have suffered from PTSD severely and anyone can be affected by death and violence in my experience. I was also undiagnosed with being on the autism spectrum until I was 25 I’m now 29 and have lived with the painful memory of a man dying from a accidental discharge from his leg. I was treated as a homicide suspect from first 48 who were very professional in the investigation. He was a well known man in his community. I was only 20 years old when this happened and my life has never been the same. Fear was something i faced in the moment i did everything I could to save him. He severed a major artery through his calf muscle and he bled out uncontrollably. When I look back and reflect on that moment I realize he was a police chaplain and a Vietnam veteran who also suffered from a different form of PTSD being for our veterans who serve our country and help keep us safe. I ask myself if cannibas had been legal in summer of 2007 would he still be here? We can never know but another problem he suffered with was an addiction morphine. First 48 ruled it out as an attempt to gain access to pain medication. If this could affect a man of god and a veteran of war than the rest of us are doomed to repeat history if we don’t make a change. We need this plant more than you know.

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