Patient Advocates Delivering Letter to Jackson County Prosecutor
Patient Advocates to Deliver Letter to Jackson County Prosecutor Asking Her to Drop Intervention in Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Case
Kansas City, Mo. — This afternoon at 2:00 at the Jackson County Courthouse in Downtown Kansas City, patient advocates will deliver a letter to the Jackson County Prosecutor asking that she drop her intervention in a lawsuit that seeks to place a medical marijuana ballot initiative on the November ballot in Missouri. The Jackson County Prosecutor is opposing the initiative.
“The intervention by politicians and elected officials in this case is a perfect example of why Missouri needs to be the 26th state that puts doctors and their patients back in charge of medical treatment options," said Lee Winters, spokesperson for New Approach Missouri. “For too long politicians, like the ones in court now, have substituted their judgment on health care issues for that of doctors and seriously ill patients. Our initiative would take this power away from politicians and government bureaucrats by allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with debilitating illnesses. Lastly, as a taxpayer I would hope that these elected officials are paying for this political attack out of their own pockets and not using public funds or dues that come from our tax dollars.”
The proposal would allow state-licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients with cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, spinal-cord injuries and other serious or debilitating medical conditions. The state would license and regulate those who are allowed to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana. The measure would maintain the prohibition of marijuana use in public and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana.
Under the proposal, medical marijuana sales would be taxed at 4%, which is estimated to generate roughly $20 million annually for veterans’ health care services in Missouri.
To learn more about New Approach Missouri, please visit www.newapproachmissouri.com
Who: Patients, Patient Advocates, and New Approach Missouri Board Members
What: Advocates for the medical cannabis initiative will deliver a letter to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office and take questions from the media.
When: 2:00, Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Where: Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106