How We Do an Event
What IS our purpose? First and foremost, it must be to do all we can to see that our state's chronically and terminally ill have access to safe, legal, medical cannabis. To achieve this, cannabis MUST, in fact, be legal - not just for medical purposes, but truly LEGAL with regulation.
"Regulation" does not mean "restriction" as much as it means protection and dignity for the medical user.
This may all seem a bit much to ask of Missouri's largely
conservative population, but I assure you. Our brothers and sisters,
our neighbors and friends have and will continue to rally behind that
which brings comfort and healing to our communities.
As long as we commit ourselves to truth and transparency in all we do, our path will be clear and our feet swift to its destination.
Our events can be broken down by purpose:
Our events are very simple and very inexpensive. Basically, they are like this:
We rent or secure a place for an event, like a conference hall in a public library or a college lecture hall.
We send out a press release to all our press contacts, calling local television stations to encourage them to attend. Maybe put an ad in the local paper a week or so before the event.
- Producing and handing out flyers can be a good idea. We should always be respectful when we approach people on the street.
For the event:
The spokesperson for the event's sponsor (if we have one) will introduce me or the local patient who is planning the event.
We show a video pertaining to medical cannabis, such as our "What is Sensible for Missouri?" or Len Richmond's fine feature film "What if Cannabis Cured Cancer".
If we have a special speaker(s), he or she is next.
The most important part of our presentation is the "patient panel". A panel of patients will be introduced and will each briefly tell their personal story.
Nothing speaks to the heart like empathy.
Then we open up to questions.
We provide literature and ways for the general public and fellow cannabis patients to get involved.
Whenever possible, I will strive to conduct video interviews with patients and local dignitaries. I strongly encourage the video and still photography of these events for posting in local newspapers, on the Sensible Missouri website and on Facebook
That's it! Very easy. Very informative. Very truthful. Very fun!
I am a firm believer in following the easiest route to an objective. Believe me when I say, this course of action will achieve our goal. And, without a lot of planning or expense.
If any of you would like to help plan an event or participate in our patient panels, please contact me. I will work to schedule you for an event in your area. Of course, you will be welcomed at any event that we have across our state.
If you have questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzanne's misdiagnosis almost claimed her life. The seemingly endless flow of pharmaceuticals only exacerbated her fragile condition. Her form of cancer, Systemic Mastocytosis, seemed hopeless to treat until she discovered cannabis.
In July of 1993, Kathleen's life changed forever when her car was struck from behind. Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Kathleen seemed trapped between her debilitating condition and the pharmaceuticals that sapped her humanity in exchange for temporary relief.
Heath suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and Bipolar Disorder. Like so many who suffer from mental illness, he spent much of his life mis-diagnosed and improperly and/or over-medicated.
Ever since Greg was 17, he has battled Crohn's Disease, Though he has run the gamut of of surgeries and pharmaceutical meds to treat this debilitating disease, only one holistic treatment has given him lasting relief from his symptoms. So, for 34 years, Cannabis has been his medicine of choice.
Cory has suffered greatly in his 29 years. Because of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as an infant, he developed a condition called Mesial Temporal Sclerosis. He has been in and out of hospitals and institutions ever since. Cannabis relieves his pain and seizures and has helped him return to college.
I first met Brian at the 2009 Joplin Cannabis Revival. Brian is a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor. He attributes his recovery to his use of cannabis as an adjunct to the chemotherapy he received.
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