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October Signature Scoreboard

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As of the beginning of October, our volunteers have gathered more than 73,000 signatures! Our total for the month of September, was just under 10,000 at 9,883.

Now, that is a solid total for the month, but to complete signature collection on budget and within our current timeline, we need to average 15,000 signatures each of the next four months. That will give us approximately 135,000 volunteer signatures, which will be supplemented by 130,000 signatures from our paid petitioner workforce and place the issue of medical cannabis on the ballot next November.

We are entering the stretch run of our petition drive, and we need your help to sprint across the finish line!

As usual, we want to spotlight the amazing volunteers who gathered the most signatures in September:

10. Daniel Seymour: 328
9. Ann Rohan: 366

8. Jeff Mizanskey: 392
7. Rita Yencarelli: 450
6. Douglas Keeth: 466
5. Russell Holt: 513
4. Ron Plackemeier: 539
3. Sarah Lango: 543
2. Damien Johnson: 617
1. Jennifer Shockley: 659
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$1,000 to go!

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I'm know you have received a number of emails from us over the past week, but I had to tell you that we are only $1,000 away from our $10,000 goal for grassroots contributions this month! You can bring this quarter to a successful conclusion by contributing $10, $20, $50, $100 or more now!

The goal is within reach, but we still need your support to make it happen. Go here to contribute now!

Melissa Etheridge: Medical Cannabis and Me

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Because I am a musician, people often assume that I must indulge in the fast-paced life that often comes with playing on the road. But they would be wrong. Coming up in the business in the 1980's, I saw plenty of drugs, but it never really appealed to me. I'm not even much of a drinker.

But when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, I found that there was one substance that helped me through: Cannabis.


My doctors gave me what they called "dose dense" chemotherapy, which is stronger than usual. They could prescribe that level of chemo for me because I was able to take time off work to fight my cancer full time. Unfortunately, the dose dense chemo made the side effects even worse.

My friends told me that medical cannabis could help me handle chemotherapy, so I gave it a try. It worked even better than they said it would. Not only did it treat my nausea better than anything else I tried, it alleviated both my physical and emotional pain. I continue to use cannabis to treat the lasting gastrointestinal effects of the chemo and to help me get a good night's sleep.

I grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, just across the Missouri River from the northern Kansas City suburbs in Platte County. It saddens me when I think about the tens of thousands of patients in Kansas and Missouri who do not enjoy the same safe, legal access to medical cannabis that I did.

That's why I support groups like New Approach Missouri and Bleeding Kansas, who are dedicated to establishing safe access for patients in their states. In Missouri, you can place a strong medical cannabis initiative on the ballot next fall and ensure medical cannabis as a constitutional right in the state. Kansas does not allow for the initiative process, so I urge all of you in Missouri to take advantage of that opportunity by volunteering to gather petition signatures and contributing to keep the campaign moving forward.

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Amazing Response

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On Monday morning, I emailed you asking for your help to raise $10,000 in small contributions for our medical cannabis campaign in the month of September. Since then, we have received nearly $2,000 in online contributions, bringing the total for the month to almost $6,000!

That's a very impressive showing, and I want to thank everyone who has made a contribution to keep our petition drive plowing ahead. Now we just need to maintain that momentum! Contribute $10, $20, $50, or $100 now to help raise the remaining $4k by midnight on September 30.

We are rapidly approaching 75,000 signatures and collecting roughly 6,000 signatures each week and rising. That's tremendous progress, but it can only be sustained with your support. Please take a moment to contribute now!

August Signature Leaders

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After tallying all of our volunteer signatures from August, I am pleased to report that as of the beginning of the month, our volunteers have gathered more than 63,000 signatures! That represents nearly a quarter of all the signatures we will need to qualify our medical cannabis amendment for the Missouri ballot next November!

After our monthly total dipped below 10,000 for the first time in July, we took advantage of the unusually temperate August weather and gathered 12,163 signatures last month. That makes August our best month for signature collection to date, and we hope to continue building upon that success as the summer turns to fall.

Volunteers have now been hard at work gathering signatures since late January, and they need your help! 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 August.

10. Douglas Keeth: 341 
9. Kyle Kisner: 403

8. Damien Johnson: 461
7. Trish Bertrand: 485
6. Lance Lenau: 500
5. Daniel Seymour: 567
4. Rita Yencarelli: 620
3. Jeff Mizanskey: 1,281
2. Paula Prentice: 1,317
1. Jennifer Shockley: 1,825

Combined, these petitioners accounted for nearly 8,000 signatures or more than 60 percent of the signatures collected last month! Help them continue their dedicated work by making a contribution of $10, $25, $50 or more now.
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