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Other State Advocacy Organizations

  • Alabamians for Compassionate Care
  • ALLIANCE for Reform of Drug Policy in Arkansas
  • A Better Way Foundation (Connecticut)
  • Delaware RXMJ Petition
  • Coalition Advocating Medical Marijuana (CAMM) (Florida)
  • Drug Education and Legislative [IDEAL] Reform (Illinois)
  • Iowans for Medical Marijuana
  • Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care (MCCC)
  • Montana Medical Marijuana Program
  • Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey
  • Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana - New Hampshire
  • New Yorkers for Compassionate Care
  • Medical Cannabis Association of North Dakota
  • Ohio Patient Action Network
  • Drug Policy Forum of Oklahoma
  • South Carolina Medical Marijuana Initiative Petition
  • South Dakotans for Medical Marijuana
  • Texans for Medical Marijuana
  • Drug Policy Forum of Wisconsin

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    Other States' RXMJ Status
    (from MPP)

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

  • Medical Marijuana
    (MMj)

    Let's make Kansas the next state with legal access to medical cannabis!

    Since 1996, thirteen states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have legalized marijuana for medical use. Several other states have pending legislation.

    We must work on making Kansas next. Actually, one of those states with legislation pending will likely be next, but Kansas has many desperately ill and dying patients who might benefit from a medical cannabis program. That is why I have begun to organize the Kansas Medical Cannabis Network: to (1) inform the general public and bring the medical marijuana issue into mainstream conversation, (2) ask our representatives in Washington to reclassify marijuana so that scientific trials and research can take place and (3) make it easy to contact our law makers in Topeka to demonstrate widespread constituent support for a medical marijuana program for Kansas.

    Cannabis is currently classified as being as dangerous as heroin and having no known medical use. Most of us know better, but the federal government stubbornly clings to its ridiculous position that marijuana is dangerous and has no medical use while classifying methamphetamine as less dangerous and having some medical properties!

    Let us all unite our efforts and our voices and let our lawmakers know that constituents demand change!

    ~ Find Your Kansas Legislators Here ~

    ~ Find Your Representatives in Washington Here ~


    . . . the use of marijuana for [some] patients is not really controversial among doctors; it is controversial among politicians.

    Dr. Jeffrey Singer, Phoenix surgeon and medical cannabis advocate

    The (former) Kansas Compassionate Care Coalition

    In February 2008 the Kansas Compassionate Care Coalition introduced a proposal (SB 556) into the Kansas Senate Committee on Health Care Strategies. At a hearing on the proposed legislation the committee heard testimony on both sides of the issue. This was a huge accomplishment for the organization, which has been working for nearly two years to bring medical marijuana to Kansas patients and their caregivers.

    Not surprisingly, the proposed legislation failed to advance out of committee. Coalition members attending the hearing observed that the opposing side was given longer to make its point than were the proponents. Again, not at all surprising. We will just have to try again, no matter how long it takes. Similar organizations in many of the thirteen states having medical marijuana programs in place toiled for several years to accomplish their goal. But every couple of years or so another state or two enacts medicinal cannabis legislation. We must not give up the fight!

    Unfortunately, because of tightening budgets everywhere, KSCCC's major funders have dropped the organization due to diminishing returns. Without steady financial support the organization has been forced to dissolve, returning the battle to the efforts of individual advocates.

    While individuals do not have the power of a solid coalition, we are not completely without resources. We can and should write informative letters to the editors of local and regional newspapers, educating readers about the undisputable benefits of medical cannabis and the incomprehensibility of laws forbidding its use by those who need it most.

    Don't stop there. Be alert for opportunities to inform friends, family and people you encounter in your daily life. Don't be afraid to talk openly about medical marijuana. So far, it remains legal to do so. There are multitudes who are in complete agreement with our point of view when given even a little accurate information or encouragement. We must continue to spread the word despite recent setbacks. It's in the air: Victory is closer than ever.

    Please, if you agree and would like to help, phone, write, or e-mail your Kansas legislators and let them know how important this issue is to you, the voter.

    And don't stop there--contact your congresspersons and senators in Washington. By now they've heard most of our arguments, but they don't know how many of us there are who support medical marijuana unless they hear from ALL of us.

    On this page are links to more information on RXmarijuana and links to Kansas lawmakers. It is crucial that they hear from every constituent who supports compassionate use!

    If you've never communicated with your lawmakers, you might be surprised at how responsive they can be, and there is no more rewarding feeling than knowing that what YOU are doing really can help to make a difference.

    "It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between . . . sufferers and the benefits of this substance."
    -DEA Judge Francis Young
    RXMJ advocacy organizations
    medical associations supporting compassionate use
    (partial list)
    more
    other organizations supporting compassionate use
    • American Anthropological Association
    • The American Bar Association (ABA)
    • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    • National Black Police Association
    • United States Conference of Mayors
    religious organizations supporting compassionate use
    • The Episcopal Church
    • The Presbyterian Church USA
    • The United Church of Christ
  • The Union of Reform Judaism
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association
    • The United Methodist Church's Board of Church and Society
    "Those of us who know the truth [about marijuana] have a choiceless commitment to expose it. Our commitment runs as deep as our souls . . ."

    - - -Joan Bello, author of "The Benefits of Marijuana"
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