Packed House in Springfield
Over 70 patients, advocates, and entrepreneurs packed the Hickory Hills Country Club in Springfield on January 28th to learn about New Approach Missouri’s initiative to legalize medical cannabis. Commander Tom Mundell talked about his four decade journey through the Special Forces and his recent conversion to cannabis activist on behalf of veterans suffering with PTSD, chronic pain, and other ailments.
There were also very brave patients it the room who shared their stories after the presentations, mainly focusing on the toxic effects of years of opiate use due to cancer and other diseases. All of them found cannabis and were able to wean themselves from opioids and other prescription painkillers. Many in attendance did not know that some of these medical cannabis strains are not psychoactive at all, but physicians cannot prescribe them in Missouri.
New Approach Missouri Political Director John Payne explained the breadth and depth of public support for medical cannabis in Missouri. The people are ready for this. Unfortunately, most elected officials would prefer not to engage with what they see as a controversial issue in an election year, which is why we must pass this through the ballot initiative process.
I presented information on the business and investment opportunities offered by the medical cannabis industry followed by a rigorous question and answer session. This industry offers us a rare opportunity to do well by doing good, and many new relationships between potential investors, operators, and those offering ancillary services to the industry are being created at each of these meetings.
The most important take away from this meeting: Taking a “wait and see” approach before donating to New Approach Missouri guarantees failure. Unless people step up and donate substantially or help us with the fundraising effort now so that we can raise the additional $900,000.00 necessary statewide, the effort will fail.
Thankfully, we are on pace, with increasing momentum, but we need new donors.
If you support medical cannabis in Missouri, take a moment now to contribute $25, $50, $100, or more to our efforts to qualify this important measure for the ballot. Your support is vital to our success.
President of the Board
New Approach Missouri