LOBBY DAY FOR THE KOOZER-KUHN MEDICAL CANNABIS ACT (HB 1385)
Although Tennessee NORML is not directly involved the following event we wish them well and much success in educating the public. The event may reap valuable media attention and open discussions, across the state. Hopefully it will lead to more open minds and positive overall results. The goal of Tennessee NORML is to change laws related to cannabis in this state, to improve the quality of life for applicable patients. This following * is posted on behalf of Bernie Ellis and Rep. Sherry Jones.
Thanks and we’ll see you there.
The Tennessee NORML Board of Directors
*We ask all Tennesseans who support re-establishing a medical cannabis program in Tennessee to join us in Nashville on Monday, January 27 for a day of lobbying, networking, sharing and learning. Here is the tentative schedule.
Today through Friday — Call your state legislators, your House and Senate members, and schedule appointments with them to discuss Koozer-Kuhn. If you have time, schedule meetings with other legislators from your county. You should schedule these appointment between noon and 5:00 pm on Monday or anytime Tuesday (if you will be around.) Be sure to tell your legislator’s staff that you are coming to discuss Koozer-Kuhn and you would be happy to be combined with other Koozer-Kuhn supporters for the same meeting times. (This will make life easier for the staff and will help insure you can meet with your legislators.)
Monday — Plan to be at Legislative Plaza between 11:00 am and noon.
Bring your driver’s license to get into the legislature. The best place to park is at the Nashville Library. Entrances to the garage are on Sixth and Seventh Avenues between Church and Commerce Streets in downtown. It is a two block walk to the capitol from there.
Starting at 11:00 am, there will be 30 minute briefings on Koozer-Kuhn and how to lobby your legislators. These will start at 11:00, 11:30 and noon. Check in at Rep. Sherry Jones office for directions. Be sure to get briefed before you have your meetings with legislators.
Noon – 5:00 pm Meetings with legislators (Try to schedule these meetings around the press conference)
3:00 pm Press conference on Koozer-Kuhn to include a brief presentation by me and statements from all legislative co-sponsors. We hope this will be in the Supreme Court building so that there will be room for all supporters. We’ll let you know location and directions on Monday.
4:30 – 7:00 pm Patients, survivors and family members are encouraged to arrive at the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management early to record your stories and support for medical cannabis for a patient DVD we are preparing.
7:00 – 8:30 pm Symposium
“Koozer-Kuhn: Re-establishing a Medical Cannabis Program in Tennessee”
Averbuch Auditorium, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management,
401 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203-2422
(I have attached a map that shows the best places to park free for the symposium. There will be considerable handicapped parking near the meeting hall. It is recommended that we park (free) in Lots 6, 6A, 6B, 5A, 5B, or Wesley Place on the map.
The panel will include at least three state legislators and three patients or their representatives. There will be ample time for Q&A after the panel presentations.
We also expect considerable media coverage at the event.
Tuesday, January 28 Additional meetings with legislators at Legislative Plaza
A few final suggestions: Our bill is receiving unprecedented support and media coverage and this Lobby Day will keep building the momentum for change. Please dress appropriately and don’t bring signs, etc. to the legislature. You will be able to display banners and posters at the press conference and the Vanderbilt symposium.
We want Lobby Day for Koozer-Kuhn to be one of the biggest lobby days this legislature has ever seen. So, if your support the re-establishment of a medical cannabis program in Tennessee, make plans to come to Nashville (and bring your hundred closest friends and family members). If you have any questions about Lobby Day, email Bernie Ellis at email@example.com or call Rep. Sherry Jones office (615/741-2035).
Support Koozer-Kuhn. It’s time in Tennessee!!!