Tuesday, January 6, 2009

ASA in 2009!

On behalf of the Maryland chapter of Americans for Safe Access, Happy New Year! In 2009, we look forward to stepping up our activism in the community even more! Recently, we attended a high school activism fair in Bethesda and received tremendous support from everyone we spoke to. One thing we are most pleased by is the knowledge that many students already have about medical marijuana and drug policy, which is so energizing and inspiring to us! To kick off the New Year with a busy calendar, here are some of the events we are looking forward to in the month of January:

This Thursday, January 8th, we will be attending a public forum being held by The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council of Montgomery County (AODAAC). We are currently coordinating with patients that use medical cannabis to testify about their fears, concerns, and experiences. The forum is being held from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in MC Council Office Building (COB) at 100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850. This is a perfect venue to show that there is strong constituent support for Medical Cannabis, and a golden opportunity to speak directly to the Montgomery County Government. The council holds this annual forum to hear the public’s suggestions and concerns regarding the county government’s efforts. This forum is open to the public and the Advisory Council welcomes visitors. Members of MOCO-ASA will provide talking points and facilitate speaker preparation. Please contact md4safeaccess@gmail.com or 415-283-7404 to register to speak and to request any special accommodations. We need the Council to hear patients' suggestions and concerns regarding their therapeutic use of cannabis, so join us now and help shape Maryland medical cannabis law!

Also, we invite you to come speak with us at the Volunteer Fair at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center on Monday, January 19th from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The Volunteer Fair is where individuals can learn about ongoing volunteer opportunities in Montgomery County. Service projects will include making Valentine’s Day cards for the Orphans Foundation, decorating bookmarks and cards for children with cancer and other terminal illnesses, packing snow day baskets for county-wide Meals on Wheels programs, learning how to register as a bone marrow donor, and attending sessions by the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County. The event is easily accessed by White Flint Metro at 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda (corner of Rockville Pike and Marinelli Rd, across from the Metro).

Thank you for your continued support of ASA’s mission in the New Year. Let this be the year that real ‘change’ rings loud and clear!

Watchfully Yours,

Bethany Moore and the MD ASA Team

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