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Turning Up The Heat

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Gathering signatures at the Cass County Fair!
For the past two weeks, we have sweltered through a heat wave, even posting record setting temperatures over the weekend. The weather has been punishing, but that has not stopped our volunteer petitioners!

Since the summer started, we have gathered signatures at Fourth of July celebrations, Pride events, street festivals, and county fairs. Thanks to that hard work, we will soon surpass 50,000 signatures!

We certainly hope it cools off outside soon, but we want to make sure that our campaign only burns brighter and hotter as the summer wears on, and we need your help to make it happen!

First, even if you haven't gathered a single signature yet, it is not too late to get started. If you would like to learn how to circulate the petition -- or just need a refresher and new petition forms -- we hold regular notary events across the state each week, and the volunteer coordinators there will be happy to show you the ropes. Check our calendar here to look for an event near you. If you can't find an event that works for you, just respond to this email and let me know what part of the state you live in, and I will put you in touch with the appropriate volunteer coordinator to work out a plan.

Second, we need your financial support. Even signatures gathered by volunteers require expenditures to print petitions and campaign literature, spreour message in the press and online, reserve booths at events, coordinate volunteer activity, hold regular notary events, etc. Make a contribution of $5, $25, $50, or more now to keep those efforts on track!

And as important as our volunteer efforts are, on their own they will not be enough to qualify for the ballot. That's why we plan to expand our capacity 
by hiring a professional petitioning firm. We hope to start professional collection next month, but it will cost tens of thousands of dollars each week, and we can't afford that without help from supporters all across the state.

Working the booth at Joplin Pride!
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June Signature Scorecard

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I just finished tabulating our signature totals from June, and in that month alone our volunteers gathered 11,000 signatures! We have now collected a total of more than 42,000 signatures to place medical cannabis on the ballot in Missouri!

Since the spring, volunteers have consistently produced more than 10,000 signatures each month. Gathering that many signatures in a single month is impressive, but we've proven that we can do it consistently, which is truly remarkable.

Few campaigns can claim this kind of grassroots support, but these volunteers form the bedrock of our campaign and keep it moving forward every single day. Will you support them and our effort to bring medical cannabis by contributing $10, $25, or $50 now?

We want to give special acknowledgement to the ten outstanding volunteers who gathered the most signatures in June:

10. Sara Campbell: 354Sara Campbell gathering signatures in KC.
9. Karin C
hester: 385
8. Daryl Bertrand: 452
7. Michael Votaw: 562
6. Jennifer Shockley: 575 
5. Damien Johnson: 683
4. Kyle Kisner: 751
3. Trish Bertrand: 824
2. Laird Wilcox: 958
1. Ann Rohan: 1,375

Combined, these petitioners gathered 6,919 signatures last month, accounting for more than 60 percent of the total! Help them continue their dedicated work by making a contribution of $10, $25, $50 or more now.

When the numbers from June are added in to our running total, the top ten signature gatherers stand as follows:
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Last Chance!

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We have less than five hours until we reach the second quarter fundraising deadline, and we only need to raise less than $500 to surpass this March as our best grassroots fundraising month. That is a very obtainable goal, but time is very short.

Click here now to contribute $10, $25, $50, or $100 and put us over the top!

Only 10 hours left!

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In just ten hours, the second quarter fundraising period will end. Anything contributed before midnight tonight will be reported next month in our filing with the Missouri Ethics Commission, which will be used by the media, donors, and elected officials to assess the health of our campaign.

You can show them and the entire state that we are on track to bring medical cannabis to Missouri by making a contribution now! Whether it's $5, $25, $50, $100, or more, it all demonstrates the strength of our cause both in terms of dollars raised and the total number of donors.

We are less than $2,000 away from making June our best month so far in terms of grassroots contributions. We can get there, but not without your help. Click here to contribute now!

Fighting For My Son

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My name is Chris, and I am writing you today to urge you to support the New Approach Missouri medical cannabis initiative. My primary involvement with the issue arises from my role as a father. My four-year-old son Ayden endures painful debility from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

I am also a registered nurse with more than eleven years experience in hospital-based nursing, caring for individuals with various forms of injury and disease. It is as both a parent and a healthcare provider that I see a very real and substantial benefits from medical cannabis.

National polls consistently find between 60 and 89 percent of Americans support medical cannabis. However, the federal government has made research on this topic uniquely difficult. Despite this fact, many studies in both the U.S. and abroad have shown what patients already knew to be true: Cannabis works!

Millions of patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe and persistent pain, as well as other debilitating illnesses find that cannabis provides relief from their symptoms. Yet the federal government considers cannabis a Schedule One substance, meaning it has no medical value and a high risk of abuse.

Is it morally and ethically acceptable to deny legal access to a treatment option that can alleviate symptoms as well as help individuals cope with and manage their disease process? Without a doubt the answer is no! Doctors acknowledge this, with 73 percent of physicians saying they want more alternative therapies to treat chronic pain, instead of relying almost entirely on opioids.

Ayden was born 14 weeks premature suffering a grade four intraventricular hemorrhage. Along with this brain bleed, he suffered a myriad of problems during his time in the NICU. Perhaps most significant was a negligent overdose of Vasotec given for treatment of high blood pressure.  After receiving ten times the intended dose, his blood pressure fell critically low, depriving his brain of oxygenated blood. Because of this brain injury, he now struggles with the detrimental effects of cerebral palsy and epilepsy.


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