New Mexico Cannabis And Hemp Legislation: A Roundhouse Call To Action

A Roundhouse Call To Action



Monday at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, legislators will be busy with four different Hemp bills in action; one on the floor of the Senate chamber and three Hemp bills in House Committee’s. Changes to the Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) will also be discussed by lawmakers in the Senate Judiciary Committee, that has SB-177 “Medical Marijuana Changes” on the agenda. In the Call For Action, this article will have details on all these bills on the agenda for today and how you can have your voice heard by emailing, calling the Roundhouse, and calling your legislator. In this Call For Action, having your voice heard by doing both, emailing and calling legislators will provide a stronger impact on getting the message across.


Good legislative policy and MCP policy is created when those who are most affected are at the table.  We Must Organize effectively and with Inclusion to the community…The State Medical Cannabis Community Voice should have a spot at the Policy Table and will be heard. We Must Organize effectively in crafting regulations that will promote the wellbeing of patients by making sure that fees are kept at reasonable levels to sustain programs while not becoming cost-prohibitive to patients.


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. Often times a legislative or regulatory agency that has the best interests does not have experience with medical cannabis, and falls prey to imposing needless restrictions or bureaucratic hurdles that inhibit the patients in their constituency in benefiting from their physician-recommended therapy. In fact, well-meaning rules can actually cause physicians to base their decisions on politics rather than medical evidence. Other times, certain impositions on the businesses that provide medical cannabis to patients may have unintended consequences. On the other hand, inexperienced legislators and regulators may not be aware of best practices on growing medical cannabis, understanding the hemp strain, medical cannabis business management, and industrial hemp business applications.


Medical Cannabis Events ( Feb. 6th – 11th 2017 )

Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ~ LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico February Meeting at North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113.

Grow for Vets has two events to help Veterans obtain their medical cannabis certification card. Grow for Vets will provide guidance on how to fill out the application, inform the Veterans of what medical records they will need and will meet one on one March 11th to do consultations. Space is limited. Please RSVP to 505-398-3871 or email gina@growforvets.org. This event is for Veterans only.
Wednesday, February 8 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday February 15 at 6:00pm

Tuesday February 7th 2017, The New Mexico Senate Convenes At 11:00 a.m.

SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR
Third Reading of Legislation: (After Third Reading the Bill is Voted On to Pass or Fail )
Number two today is Senate Bill 6/a Industrial Hemp Research Rules (SCONC Amended) Sponsor: McSorley
Call For Action: Call and email your Senator and call the Roundhouse for your voice to be heard.
Senate Chamber main phone 505-986-4714 and general email: senate@nmlegis.gov

Wednesday, February 8th 2017, The New Mexico Senate Committee’s

SENATE COMMITTEE AGENDA
Senate Judiciary Committee – Wed. Feb. 8th – 2:30 p.m. or 1/2 hr. after session – Room 321
Senate Bill 177: “Medical Marijuana Changes” will be heard and is Sponsored by Sen. McSorley
Call For Action: Call and email Senate Judiciary Committee chair and members for your voice to be heard. Attend the Committee to speak in person in favor or against the bill.

Senate Judiciary Committee Members

Title
Name
Party
Role
Senator
D
Chair
Senator
D
Vice Chair
Senator
R
Member
Senator
D
Member
Senator
D
Member
Senator
R
Member
Senator
D
Member
Senator
D
Member
Senator
R
Member
Senator
D
Member
Senator
R
Ranking Member

Wednesday, Feb. 8th 2017, The New Mexico House Committee’s

HOUSE COMMITTEE AGENDA
House Health and Human Services Committee -Wed. Feb. 8th- 8:30 a.m. – Room 315
House Bill 155: “Medical Cannabis Research” will be heard and is Sponsored by Rep.’s D. Armstrong/ McCamley
House Bill 157: “Firefighter PTSD & Mental Health” will be heard and is Sponsored by Rep. D. Armstrong

Committee Members

Title
Name
Party
Role
Representative
D
Chair
Representative
D
Vice Chair
Representative
R
Member
Representative
D
Member
Representative
R
Member
Representative
D
Member
Representative
R
Member
House Labor And Economic Development Committee – Wed. Feb. 8th – 1:30 – Room 315
House Bill 144: “Industrial Hemp Research Rules” will be heard and is Sponsored by Rep. Gomez
House Bill 154: “Industrial Hemp Research & Development” will be heard and is Sponsored by Rep. Little

Call For Action: Call and email House Labor And Economic Development Committee chair and members for your voice to be heard. Attend the Committee to speak in person in favor or against these bills.

House Bill 166: “Exempt Hemp From Controlled SubstancesReported by committee with Do Pass recommendation and is Sponsored by Rep. Little

House of Representatives main phone number 505-986-4751 and general email: house@nmlegis.gov

House Labor & Economic Development Committee Members

Title
Name
Party
Role
Representative
D
Chair
Representative
D
Vice Chair
Representative
R
Member
Representative
R
Member
Representative
R
Member
Representative
D
Member
Representative
D
Member
Representative
R
Member
Representative
R
Member
Representative
D
Member
Representative
D
Member


Contact the Legislative Council Service for general questions about the Legislature.

Contact the Governor

“Dear New Mexicans and Visitors,
I am committed to listening to your concerns and working to answer your questions.  Therefore, the Constituent Services division within my office has been directed to professionally and efficiently assist in answering your questions and responding to your requests of state government.
My staff is here to serve you and will do everything they can to address your concerns.
Please do not hesitate to call my office at 505-476-2200 to speak with a Constituent Services representative or fill out the form below and we will contact you in a timely manner.
Sincerely,
Governor Susana Martinez”


We have all almost certainly heard the phrase “medical cannabis movement,” but have you stopped to consider what a movement is? And what it means to be a part of a “grassroots” movement? In terms of community organizing, a movement is simply a group of people who come together consciously, at their own cost, to accomplish a goal. The definition we use at LECUA Patients Coalition Of New Mexico, is that a movement is a group of people who come together to change outdated laws concerning medical cannabis, while providing support for those who are harmed by existing law.

Some people say that a movement is not a movement until others outside the group know it exists. This is a good point. The goal of organizing is to change minds and laws, so grassroots movements must reach out to the broader public. But all movements start small and local.


As custodians to our grassroots movement, LECUA Patients Coalition Of New Mexico can help provide you with the tools you need to build the powerful grassroots base that will foster real change as our group moves forward. We all have a role in being sure that this grassroots movement grows, stays true to its roots, and acts like a mature social change movement. Dialogue and discussion are necessary and we need to be able to listen non-defensively and communicate respectfully if we are going to achieve the goals we want for our medical cannabis program and future legalization legislation policies.



Establishing the LECUA Patients Coalition Of New Mexico is a great way to formally bring together like-minded activists in OUR medical cannabis community to work together toward ensuring safe access to medical cannabis. LECUA Patients Coalition Of New Mexico will provide a state network of activists and goals to provide a national coalition network and staff; who work together on a regular basis to achieve shared goals. A great grassroots movement brings together vibrant activists in an environment of mutual respect, shared responsibility, and constructive political activism and creates a space for new advocates to plug into the movement. The ideal grassroots movement is networked into the larger community and is a constructive voice for patients, future patients and providers of medical cannabis in the state of New Mexico.


LECUA Patient’s Coalition Of New Mexico
By Jason Barker – Organizer & Medical Cannabis Patient

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