Texas Patient Lobby Day – Wednesday, March 25th

The Patient Alliance For Cannabis Therapeutics will be hosting “PACT Patient Lobby Day II” at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday March 25, 2015 @ The Reagan Building – Room 110. [MAP]

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This event has been put together “strictly” for patients, parents, nurses, physicians, & caregivers of sick and suffering Texans that have chosen to come together in order to advocate, educate, and lobby for Medical Cannabis legislation only; our objective is simply to spend the day in an act of “making our presence known” to our state representatives.

We are grateful of the moral support of non-medical users in regard to this PACT Patient Lobby Day, but let me express, if you are not a patient, parent, and/or caregiver, please grant those who are, the space, courtesy, respect, and opportunity to advocate and represent themselves as members of the patient community.

We will have everyone signing in, so be sure to have what district you live in, and the name of your District Representative and State Senator! If you don’t know, go to this site for help. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ or contact FRANK DORVAL at frank_n_sled@yahoo.com as he’ll be available to assist.

OUR AGENDA FOR PACT PATIENT LOBBY DAY II

10:00am – 10:30am: Arrivals

10:30am – 10:35am: Intro & Welcome by Vincent Lopez

10:35am – 10:40am: PACT Leadership & Discussion on Bills

10:40am – 11:00am: Understanding the Political Climate of Texas by Clif Deuvall

11:00am – 11:10am: Why We Are Here Today by Vincent Lopez

11:10am – 11:15am: Focus Meditation conducted by Vincent Lopez

11:15am – 11:30am: Group Photo

11:30am – 12:00pm: Break-up into Lobby Teams

12:00pm – 4:00pm: Lobbying

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Mexita’s Mexican Food

Agenda is final unless otherwise noted or given permission by Vincent; THIS A PACT PATIENT EVENT.

PACT Lobby Day

We’ll be meeting @ The Reagan Building – Room 110 which will also be a “rest station” throughout the day. Special thanks to the Honorable Donna Howard for sponsoring the room and this event. The meeting is set to start @ 10:30am with my Intro & Welcome. I will then follow by announcing the PACT Leadership & Discussion on Bills.

From 10:40am – 11:00am, our Guest Speaker CLIF DEUVALL will be speaking on the topic of “Understanding the Political Climate of Texas”; my 10-minute presentation will immediately follow from 11:00am – 11:10am, which will consists of my usual rhetoric of emphasizing proper etiquette and manner when talking with state representatives, legislative aides, and staffers. We will end off the meeting with a brief “Focus Meditation” and “Group Photo” before Breaking-Up into Lobby Teams.

WHAT PATIENTS SHOULD BRING TO HAND TO LEGISLATORS

1) Your testimony or bio (1 page worth) with patient picture included on page. [3 copies]

2) All supporting documentation for your condition and the medicinal use of cannabis (2-3 pages tops) – please contact TRACY ANSLEY if you’re unsure about what to include in your packet as far as documentation goes as she’ll be available to assist. [3 copies]

3) Page Summary of the Medical Bill (will be provided)

4) Copy of the Medical Bill (will be provided)

WHAT OUR ETIQUETTE & WARDROBE SHOULD CONSIST OF – SOME HELPFUL TIPS

While advocating and lobbying for Medical Cannabis at the Capitol and in Legislators’ district offices over the past few Legislative Sessions, we have learned that it is very important to dress and act in a certain manner if we want our Legislators and their staffers to take us SERIOUSLY!

1) BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE IS A MUST.

Conservative pants/ skirts and a dress top or a business suit for women and preferably, no unnatural hair colors (green, blue, purple, etc). We all love freedom of expression but our Conservative Republican Legislators are very intimidated by such looks. Tie-Dye-Loving TRACY ANSLEY, calls this style of dress, “her Republican Uniform”.

For men, dress slacks and a button down shirt or business suit with well groomed hair and beard is considered appropriate “Republican Uniforms”. We aren’t asking that those of you with beards and/or long hair make radical modifications to your look, just be sure and clean up around the edges for Lobby Day.

2) PROPER ETIQUETTE IS ANOTHER MUST

When dealing with Legislators and their staffers. We must try and always act and speak with Compassion and Respect, even if and when it is not being afforded to us. Anger and perceived “Bullying” will not help what we are trying to achieve. We need to demonstrate to those outside of the Canna-Community the Respect and Compassionate we all have experienced within it.

If you do not own any business casual attire and cannot afford to purchase an outfit for PACT Patient Lobby Day on top of your travel expenses; please reach out to TRACY ANSLEY with your sizes and she will locate one for you.

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