MEETING IN DC WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PROMISING
On April 20 (4:20) we met with Senator Chuck Schumer, Cory Blumenauer, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep Barbara Lee (on Zoom video), Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Jackey Rosen, Reps David Joyce, Senator John Hickenlopper, Rep Brian Mast, Rep Nancy Mace and many others. There is hope for the HOPE Amendment to expunge cannabis convictions. Now that 68% of Americans support legalization one would think Washington would wake up. Progress is "Glacial" to say the least. I was impressed with Diane Goldstein, retired LA police sergeant from LEAP which advocates for legalization. Oh and Jeremiah Morteller from Ameticans for Prosperity. Those two made the most sense. There are more Bills proposed but what we need is TO REMOVE CANNABIS FROM THE LIST OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES -- NOT RESCHEDULE IT! "DESCHEDULE IT" THE DISPENSARIES are paying BIG BUCKS TO (MEMBERS OF CONGRESS) TO RESCHEDULE CANNABIS. NO! The Clean Slate Act, MORE ACT, CAOA. HEY, COLORADO RACKED IN 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS IN TAXES. There is the CONGRESSIONAL CANNABIS CAUCUS WITH REP BARBARA LEE & BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. OK, LOOKING GOOD. THE MARIJUANA JUSTICE ACT. NATIONALLY IT'S A $48 BILLION MARKET. THE HOPE AMENDMENT LOOKS REAL GOOD TOO. EXPUNGE ALL CANNABIS CONVICTIONS & LET OUT ALL POT-PRISONERS! THE PREPARE ACT IS THE BEGINNING, TO SET GOV'T AGENCIES TO EXPLORE HOW THE GOVT IS TO PREPARE FOR ALL THIS. IT IS A FACT: SINCE COLORADO LEGALIZED RECREATIONAL USE OF CANNABIS THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY INCREASE IN YOUNGSTERS CONSUMPTION OF CANNABIS OR EXPERIMENTATION WITH CANNABIS OR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF POT. SO THERE! REP NANCY MACE SAID THAT IN HER STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA 76-77% SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA & 55% SUPPORT ADULT USE. BRIAN MAST, A VETERAN, IS BEHIND THE "VETERANS EQUAL ACCESS ACT" WHICH WILL ALLOW DOCTORS IN STATES WHICH PERMIT USE TO PRESCRIBE POT. HE, MAST, GAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE SEEING HOW POT HAS HELPED MANY VETERANS DEAL WITH PTSD & MANY OTHER PROBLEMS THAT DOZENS OF POTENT MEDICATIONS ONLY MADE WORSE. PLEASE GO TO THE 2023 NATIONAL CANNABIS POLICY SUMMIT (ALL VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE) AND HEAR FOR YOURSELF ALL WHO SPOKE IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING ON 4:20. AND WRITE/CALL ALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND URGE THEM TO SUPPORT DESCHEDULING MARIJUANA. Once again, on 4:20, I stood in front of the White House holding posters of many pot-prisoners, most serving Life Sentences, and I spoke to any and all who would listen. The fight is not speaking to those who already smoke pot, it is with our legislators. HELP US GET THESE MEN & WOMEN HOME. PLEASE. THANKS, PAUL FREE.