Speak Up on Smoking Out

This just in from the director of Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico

Beware the narcs.
Beware the narcs.

Unless you're some kind of heartless shit head, you'd like to see sick New Mexicans feel better. One way to make that happen is through the state's new medical marijuana program, which through Federal meddling and a lack of internal support and resources is, itself, ailing.

A bulletin we just received from Reena Szczepanski, director of Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico, is a call to those interested in helping.

"On Monday, October 1, the Department of Health is holding a public hearing on the state's new Medical Cannabis Program's rules and regulations. During the hearing, the Department of Health will accept feedback and comments on the regulations for the patient identification card system and the rules for the Medical Advisory Board overseeing the program.

What: Medical Cannabis Program Rules and Regulations Public Hearing

When: Monday, October 1, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Where: Harold Runnels Building Auditorium, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe

Public comment will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis until 2:30PM. We encourage everyone to arrive early to provide their feedback and comments! The Department of Health will accept both written and verbal comment on the regulations. The deadline to provide written comments is Friday, September 28. You can mail your written comments to the Department of Health at the following address, or you can email your written comments to Brian Royer at brian.royer@state.nm.us. (Mailing Address: Brian R. Royer, New Mexico Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement, P.O. Box 26110, Santa Fe, N.M., 87502-6110)

Feel free to share your own personal story or experience, but below are some talking points that you can also use when providing written or verbal testimony for the hearing:

* Patients deserve a safe and secure supply of medical cannabis. I encourage the Department of Health to fully implement the law, and develop a production and distribution system so patients can legally access their medicine. Many patients do not have access to medical marijuana without a state-licensed distribution system.

* I support the medical marijuana law in New Mexico and I would like to thank the Department of Health for implementing the Medical Cannabis Program.

* This is a well-designed program, with the necessary safeguards, to provide relief for individuals struggling from debilitating medical conditions.

* I encourage the department to keep this a medical program with limited interference by law enforcement agencies. I also would like to see the department provide patients with more specific information on their legal rights under both state and federal law, especially after the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force raided the home of Mr. Leonard French in southeastern New Mexico.

This is your chance to let the Department of Health know how important the medical marijuana program is for the seriously ill and dying in New Mexico and to insure the best possible program is implemented. I hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,

Reena Szczepanski

Director

Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico"

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, federales!