NAM to host two medical marijuana petition signings in Cassville

Monday, February 5, 2018
New Approach Missouri petitioners will be in Cassville on Tuesday and Saturday to host petition-signing events for the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri. Over 180,000 Missourians have signed the petition to date. Organizers have until May to obtain about 280,000 signatures to get the issue on the November 2018 ballot. Over 30 states have legalized the plant to be used for medicinal purposes. Contributed photo

Advocate: 'The petition would allow cannabis to be used for a variety of illnesses'

New Approach Missouri, a grassroots organization leading a large-scale campaign to put the legalization of medical marijuana on the November 2018 ballot for Missouri patients, will be hosting a petition-signing event at the Cassville Branch Library today from 2-5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The petition would allow cannabis (also known as marijuana) to be used to treat a variety of illnesses including epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple scerloris, ALS, cancer, fibromyalgia, PTSD for veterans and be used for pain management.

According to New Approach Missouri, a grassroots organization spearheading the legalization of medical marijuana, Missouri is gaining momentum, with over 180,000 residents signing the petition to legalize the plant for medicinal purposes. The petition would allow the plant, also known as cannabis, to treat a variety of illnesses including epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, ALS, cancer, fibromyalgia, PTSD for veterans and be used for pain management. Contributed photo

"This petition will allow Missourians to decide for themselves if they want to join 30 other states in the union that have legalized and are now offering medical marijuana to the sick," said Dolores Halbin, New Approach Missouri (NAM) advocate. "Cannabis is to epileptic children what insulin is to a diabetic. Refusing these children their medicine because of their zipcode is medical abuse and neglect. If they die, it's negligent homicide."

Last year, NAM attempted to get the petition on the ballot, but failed. This year, however, the organization is gaining ground rapidly, already collecting over 180,000 signatures from Missourians of the roughly 280,000 needed by May.

According to a post on the organization's website on Jan. 31, 2017, the petition drive rocketed into the new year, announcing that petitioners had their best best week of the campaign.

Petitioners are currently holding signing and training events in Kansas City, St. Louis, southwest Missouri and western Missouri.

According to Halbin, the petition language includes a small tax on the purchase of the cannabis medicine, which goes directly to American veterans.

"The only tax on the medicine is a 4 percent tax to fund local Missouri veterans," she said. "We need this petition to pass. Jesus said in the Beatitudes, 'Blessed are the merciful.' Jesus would not deny a plant His Father made from an epileptic chid, or a veteran with PTSD, or a dying man. The Israeli military prescribes cannabis as a first-round medicine for pain and PTSD before opioids.

"The United States subsidies the Israeli military. So, in essence, we send our veterans to prison for trying a safer, herbal relief from cannabis versus [addictive] opioids, while paying for soldiers in another country to have cannabis medicine.

For those who cannot attend the petition dates, Halbin said she will come to them.

"We will be happy to come to your business or a signature signing party for 10 or more," she said.

Visitors will be able to ask questions at the event, and anyone interested in volunteering can pick up petitioning supplies.

For more information about medical marijuana, to read patient stores, find a petition-signing event, donate, or find a training event and volunteer, visit www.newapproachmissouri.com, or their Facebook page.

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