The Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse
held
January 12 & 13, 2011 at the
Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, Little Rock, Arkansas, was FANTASTIC!!!
<click here for event details>

This page is an archive of the work done by Arkansans for Medical  Cannabis (A4MC) from January 1, 2010 thru January 13, 2011.
--- for current news visit www.arkansansformedicalcannabis.info ---
get involved on Facebook email a4mc@gmx.com or phone 501-291-0281

Our Purpose: To enact legislation which frees Arkansans to access cannabis as a medicinal therapy without fear of arrest or prosecution.

~ History & Archive ~

January 1, 2010, organizational meeting convened, agenda adopted, strategy developed, monthly core-group meetings commenced.

March 15, 2010, Facebook site established.

May 9, 2010, Facebook page totals 1000+ endorsements, first public draft of MEDICINAL CANNABIS ACT OF 2011 (PDF) published for comment, first news release issued.

May 12, 2010, lead feature story, 6 o'clock news, Today's THV channel 11.

May 20, 2010, news clip, ADG-RVO, click thumbnail >>>

May 21, 2010, second news release issued.

May 26, 2010, second public draft of MEDICINAL CANNABIS ACT OF 2011 (PDF) published for comment.

May 27, 2010, news clip, VBCD, click thumbnail >>>

June 1, 2010, this webpage archive created, third news release issued.

June 3, 2010, news clip, front page feature, ADG-RVO, click thumbnail (below):

June 6, 2010, third public draft of MEDICINAL CANNABIS ACT OF 2011 (PDF) published for comment, Facebook page totals 1490+ endorsements.

July 13, 2010, fourth news release issued, re: lobbying network initiated, medicinal cannabis forum planned, Facebook page totals 1690+ endorsements.

July 18, 2010, date and location of Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse confirmed and announced.

July 19, 2010, A4MC contact telephone number established: 501-291-0281

July 29, 2010, Dr. Lester Grinspoon confirms his participation in the A4MC Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse and grants permission for A4MC to freely distribute his whitepaper, "Medical Marijuana: A Note of Caution -- First, do no harm" in support of A4MC's campaign to enact pragmatic, beneficial, efficient and effective legislation in Arkansas.

August 10, 2010, fifth news release issued, re: Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse; Facebook page totals 1760+ endorsements.

Sept/Nov 2010. monthly core-group meetings continue with much time invested in networking, preparing support documents, planning and coordinating details for Roundhouse, contacting legislators and stumping incessantly on facebook for folks to 'get involved' by contacting their legislators and making their voices heard.

Examples of such actions taken by core-group members include personal attendance at gatherings conducted by ArNORML, the Arkansas Teapot Party and The Citizens First Congress to further spread the word about this important strategic action.

December 1, 2010, winter edition of The Emerald City: Alternative News for Little Rock and Central Arkansas, publishes full page/full color ad (at their own expense) exactly like our flyer (below) promoting the Roundhouse event. THANKS!!!

Putting it in Perspective: Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse, sponsored by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis, January 12 & 13, 2011, Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, Little Rock

December 6, 2010, A4MC Facebook page totals 2240+ endorsements.

December 28, 2010. sixth news release issued, news briefs appear on Arkansas Times and JackHerer.com

December 29, 2010, feature article about the A4MC effort, authored by John Lyon, makes the Top News Stories list of the Arkansas News Bureau

December 30, 2010, direct link to the Arkansas News Bureau article (referenced above) distributed to Topix subscribers and ArkNewBureau article reposted by the Arizona Patients Alliance website. Also, ArkNORML posts detailed info about the Roundhouse to their front page. Facebook page totals 2305 endorsements.

January 2011: Media Coverage of Roundhouse

NW Arkansas On Line
KATV
Arkansas News Bureau
THV 11
KARK
Arkansas Democrate Gazzette
Ozarks First

KATV update

If you have information you believe deserves to be posted to this page, please email to gozarks@gmail.com Thanks! ~Christine Beems

~ Agenda ~

January 2011: Introduce model legislation to Arkansas legislators, align support to adopt and implement during the 2011 Arkansas General Assembly.

January 12 & 13, 2011: "Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse: Putting it in Perspective," Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, Little Rock, 9am/2pm both days, information for legislators, physicians, law enforcement officials and the general public, free admission. This is OUR great opportunity to make a unified voice heard by our state legislators. Read more on this in the arNORML article, below.

ONGOINIG: Contact OUR state legislators. Click here for a PDF provided by the Arkansas Citizens First Congress, listing contact info for 2011 Arkansas Legislators.

Tell them that you as a citizen of Arkansas respectfully demand that medical cannabis legislation be enacted during the 2011 General Assembly

Please post any comments made to you by any legislators to our Facebook page or email directly to a4mc@gmx.com

Never doubt the a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

To support this effort:

NEW!!!
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Annual Deaths' handout bullet-points pertinent facts about medicinal cannabis.
PDF to print or email.

Become a 'walking billboard' for the Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse -- BUY A T-SHIRT PROMOTING THE EVENT!!!

Print and post or forward by email a PDF flyer promoting the Medical Cannabis Educational Roundhouse.

Print and handout business cards promoting the Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse with A4MC contact info.

Print and snail mail or forward by email this PDF copy of the MEDICINAL CANNABIS ACT OF 2011 to your elected officials with your endorsement!!!

Print and snail mail or forward by email this PDF copy of "Medical Marijuana: A Note of Caution -- First, do no harm" by Dr. Lester Grinspoon, to your elected officials with your endorsement!!!

~ CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ~

To find out who represents you in the Arkansas House of Representatives, look here.

To find out which Arkansas Senator represents you, look  here.

To find information about your county and municipal officials, look here.

~ CONTACT YOUR FRIENDS ~

Call 5 friends and tell them about this citizen-initiative. Encourage each friend contact their legislators about enacting Medicinal Cannabis legislation in Arkansas -and- to call 5 of their friends to get them to do the same. We will succeed in direct proportion YOUR personal support:

  • Start a  'med-cannabis caucus' in your neighborhood.

  • Meet with your friends once a month to discuss this issue.

  • Start a letter writing campaign to your local newspaper.

  • Go as a 'small group' to meet with your elected officials and hand them Dr. Grinspoon's paper and the A4MC model legislation.

WORK TOGETHER!!!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead


REPRINTED FROM arNORML.ORG
Just Call Five!

Arkansans For Medical Cannabis http://www.gozarks.com/a4mc/ are mounting a drive to enact legislation which frees Arkansans to access cannabis as a medicinal therapy without fear of arrest or prosecution. They deserve the full and active support of ArkNorml.

According to the THE ARKANSAS MEDICINAL CANNABIS ACT OF 2011 a person who has been medically qualified by a Health Care Practitioner as authorized under ACA 17-95-201-208, will be authorized to cultivate and/or possess and/or transport a combined total of no more than 12 ounces of harvested, dried, culled and screened Cannabis plant material, no more than 6 maturing female Cannabis plants. The full text is at http://www.gozarks.com/pdf/med_cannabis_act_2011_060610.pdf .

In January, they will introduce model legislation to Arkansas Legislators for passage during the 2011 Arkansas General Assembly. And since Norml emphasizes lobbying, helping them offers us a great opportunity to do our best.

On January 12 & 13, 2011 we will be participating in their Medicinal Cannabis Educational Roundhouse at Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, in Little Rock, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM both days. We will have a table there with information for legislators, physicians, law enforcement officials and the general public. If you can, please come and help man the table. We ask you to dress in business informal to work the table and avoid any marijuana symbol T-shirts etc. Though you can support them by buying their very cool limited-edition Sven Swenson T-shirt and wear that. This is dress to impress for legislators and physicians. We will not be promoting Marijuana Legalization, this is strictly about Medical Cannabis. This event is free so invite your friends to come as well.

But if you can't make it, there is something very important you can do. We ask you to make a mere 7 phone calls. Call or meet your state representative and your state senator and urge them to support this legislation. Then call five of your friends, tell them to call their state representative and their state senator urging them to support this legislation, and then to call five of their friends the way you called them. Your 5 calls become 25 which become 125 which become 625 and on.

If you don't know who your Representative is, go to http://www.arkansashouse.org/about-the-house/district-map . If you don't know who your Senator is go to http://www.state.ar.us/senate/senators.php .

All the information you'll need is at http://www.gozarks.com/a4mc/ . There are PDFs that contain the artwork for hand bills, business cards, letters from prominent doctors and more.

The message is simple. Ask your legislator to vote Yes on the bill. Tell them that you are one of their constituents. Tell them that it provides pain relief for people suffing spinal cord injuries and other illnesses and speeds rehabilitation. Tell them that it alleviates suffering without the side effects of narcotics. Tell them that it allows patients who need to use narcotic pain reliever to use less. Tell them that the taxes we pay should be used for education and health, not arresting people. People can't pay taxes when they are locked up.

Don't be afraid to ask your friends and relatives to help. You are not doing this so that you can enjoy cannabis. You are doing this to alleviate the suffering of others with a proven, safe and effective medical treatment. To ask others to support this does not imply that they need to support legalization in general. This is an issue of compassion, not an issue of indulgence. You need not lay low. The people of A4MC include retired nurses and Lt. Colonels who served our country in Desert Storm. This is a respectable issue.

Next Meeting of arNORML
Thursday, January 20, 2011 6:30pm
Little Rock Public Library, 100 S. Rock St. Little Rock
First floor west meeting room
(click 'next meeting', above, for inclement weather and current meeting updates)


Arkansans For Medical Cannabis  Our MISSION is to Educate the public on the "Medical" benefits of Cannabis. Our goal is to ensure that the Citizens of Arkansas regain their right as defined by our Constitution to decide for themselves what an appropriate method of medication is WITHOUT government intervention.  

This Citizen-Activist Project is facilitated by The Committee
Community Ombudsman ~ Established 2007 ~ It's all about accountability.