The total for July was down from previous months, with just over 8,000 signatures turned in. I think that was largely driven by the record breaking heat near the end of the month, which made it not only difficult, but in some cases even dangerous to be outside collecting signatures for very long. So far August has proven far more mild, and we hope that trend will continue, so our volunteers can spend more time in the field.
These volunteers work week after week to give every Missourian the chance to vote on medical cannabis, but they can't get there on their own. Will you support them and our effort to bring medical cannabis to Missouri by contributing $10, $25, or $50 now?
We want to give special acknowledgement to the ten outstanding volunteers who gathered the most signatures in July. A quick glance at the leaders indicate that the team in Springfield, led by Trish and Daryl Bertrand, did very well at the Ozark Empire Fair!
10. Kyle Kisner: 179
9. Jennifer Shockley: 222
8. Eva Petakovic: 223
7. Sarah Lango: 258
6. Lance Lenau: 273
5. Rita Yenarelli: 286
4. Damien Johnson: 588
3. Laird Wilcox: 771
2. Daryl Bertrand: 838
1. Trish Bertrand: 1,046
Combined, these petitioners accounted for more than half of the signatures collected last month! Help them continue their dedicated work by making a contribution of $10, $25, $50 or more now.
I am still counting the signatures being sent in from across the state from the month of July, but I had to stop counting to let you know that we now officially have more than 50,000 signatures in hand! To put that number in perspective, we did not reach 50,000 signatures during the 2016 campaign until March 2016 with only two months left until the submission deadline, instead of the nine months left currently.
(Picture: Vietnam Veteran Jimmie signs the NAM petition at Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, MO)
Our volunteers have placed the campaign in an excellent position to qualify for the ballot and pass medical cannabis in Missouri in 2018! You can support their efforts by contributing now!
However, what hurt us in 2016 was not the total number of signatures -- it was too few signatures in one particular congressional district. To prevent that, we need timely information such as how many valid signatures there are in each district, which petitioners are getting the highest proportion of valid signatures, and who could use some pointers to improve their validity rate.
That is why in the next few weeks, we will contract with a professional petitioning firm, not only to dramatically expand our capacity to collect signatures, but to check each and every volunteer signature we have against the voter file. That will help us make decisions about where to send our petitioners and ensure an efficient distribution of valid signatures across the priority congressional districts.
My name is Kyle Turley, and medical cannabis saved my life. I played eight seasons in the NFL and two seasons each with both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Saint Louis Rams. I have since moved to California, where I have safe, legal access to the medicine I need.
But Missouri remains a special place to me, and I know patients there deserve the same medical options I now enjoy. That is why I am writing you today in support of the New Approach Missouri medical cannabis initiative.
I was first given opioid painkillers in 1996 while still in college at San Diego State. In the NFL, narcotics were given out like candy to keep players like me on the field despite significant injuries, and I soon found myself hooked.
The pills numbed the pain, but they did nothing for the psychological problems brought on by repeated head trauma. In fact, the pharmaceuticals made it worse! I started experiencing bouts of depression, anxiety, and anger that I could not control. In 2009, my wife found me attempting to jump out of a three story window.
For years I struggled to find a way to control both my pain and neurological problems. Cannabis was what worked for me. It allowed me to live without both pain and the painkillers and start feeling positive about life again.
I began to research more about the science and policy of medical cannabis. For instance, I learned that states with medical cannabis laws experience a dramatic decline in opioid overdose deaths and that the federal government holds a patent on a cananbinoid that can be used as a neuro-protectant. Eventually, it all led me to found the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, which provides a space for football players who want to see cannabis recognized as a viable alternative to painkillers and psychiatric pharmaceuticals by both the government and the NFL.
And I know that there are tens of thousands of patients in Missouri right now, who are either unable to access medical cannabis or are treated as criminals for doing so. That is wrong, and the New Approach Missouri initiative will correct that injustice.
Calendar of Events
Help us legalize medical cannabis in Missouri!
Got signatures? Get them notarized and join other New Approach Missouri volunteers for a bite to eat and a drink. Even if you only have a few, bring them by and join us this Sunday!
Want to get signatures? Come by and we will train you to collect valid signatures to put medical cannabis on the ballot in 2018!
Want to sign the petition? Stop by and sign! Hope to see you there.
Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Picasso's Coffee on Main Street in St. Louis, MO
Help us legalize medical cannabis! Come get trained on how to volunteer to gather petition signatures!
Already have signatures? Get them notarized and join other New Approach Missouri volunteers for a bite to eat and a drink. Even if you only have a few, bring them by and join us this Sunday!
Want to sign the petition? Stop by and sign, and bring your friends and family! Hope to see you there.
This event occurs every Sunday.
Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Captain's Sports Bar in Lee's summit, MO
Join us at Captain's Sports Bar for our weekly Sunday petitioner training and notary event in Lee's Summit, Missouri.
27909 E Colbern Rd
Lee's Summit, MO
Come learn how YOU can help legalize medical cannabis!
Get trained to circulate the petition, turn in completed petitions to be notarized, and/or pick up more supplies. You can also just stop in to sign the petition.
This event occurs every Sunday.