LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico – About this Group Statement:
I think it’s really important for all people within OUR medical cannabis community to know THEY are the power; the government, legislators & policy makers are lead to us and We have the power to change the laws and government – people in it, policy being written, and overturning rules & regulations that disrupt safe access to our medicine. Not one state’s medical cannabis law is perfect, they are working pieces of democracy and this is where WE can establish patient lead policy in New Mexico. We have the science, the research, the knowledge – the information the policy makers don’t have and we need to get it in front of legislators.
All you have to do is get involved. ( https://goo.gl/7umtDf – Facebook Discussion Group Web Link )
A strong and healthy movement must be led from the ground up. The term “grassroots” refers to a movement that is created and driven by the concerns of a community. This differs from political movements orchestrated from the top-down by politicians, political parties, or special interest groups. Our Foundation Will Be All People In Our Medical Cannabis Community.
And foremost of importance, a true grassroots movement looks civil and is civil. Your behavior to one another , the medical cannabis community and the community at large is what will distinguish a movement from a mob. Resist the temptation to be exclusionary or hostile as they will never be part of this movement here! . Welcome those who share your core beliefs and want to work in goodwill with you.
You do not have to agree about everything inside a movement. But infighting, accusations, and rivalries will bring unwanted negative attention, splinter medical cannabis supporters, and this makes everyone weaker.
Accountability and transparency are of high relevance for a grass movement like this in medical cannabis from this group and ALL others alike…In view of their responsibilities important for all people within OUR medical cannabis community , they are considered to be of even greater importance to them than to commercial undertakings. Yet these same values are often found to be lacking in some groups – never here.
Because a grassroots movement springs from the community, it also looks like the community. Members should mirror the community at large in age, gender, ethnic background, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, etc. Diversity matters if the movement hopes to speak for all medical cannabis patients in the community. We need everyone’s input to get across the big picture.
Having a bottom-up focus will protect the integrity of our grassroots medical cannabis movement. After all, the medical cannabis movement exists to get medicine to patients and support the victims of bad laws. A clear focus on that mission helps us set priorities and make decisions not governed by politics, public relations, or economics.
Democracy : of Greek Origin; Demos (the people-in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights)