Here’s my final thoughts before we all go vote on I-182. This is short and sweet because I’m sore and tired from surgery…lucky you.
Listen, I have cancer. It’s still weird to write that after over 9 months in treatment. All I’m asking is that we do our best to support the sick and suffering in our state. What we have now (SB 423) is not our best. It is legislation that was aimed at failure and it does just that- it fails thousands of us who need access to medical marijuana.
Why do we need it? For some of us, it’s the only thing that helps. For others, it’s the best solution. Some of us just prefer it to our other options. And yes, we should have options when it comes to our health care.
MAKE YOUR ACTIONS COUNT
In less than a week, the day we have all been waiting for will arrive – Election Day on November 8th.
Will you volunteer for I-182 till Election Day?
We are not done yet, supporters.
From phone calls to voters to inform them about I-182 to helping distribute fliers across the state, there is still much to do in these final days.
This has been a long road. Everyone is running on fumes.
But the amazing things about this community is – every supporter is still running.
Let's Finish Strong
As we build for victory in November, every supporter must be engaged with I-182.
Victory is won in the final weeks of a campaign. We have built an amazing movement through sweat, smiles and a few tears, and now, we have to cross that finish line strong and together.
Patients all over Montana have lost access to their medicine and need our help. Please volunteer and help us motivate our friends, family and community to get out to vote.
Together, we’re building strong momentum for passing I-182.
We are building support all across Montana that will carry us through till election day.
Thanks for being on our team.
Encourage others to join us by asking them to sign on and sign up. We have just 27 days until the final votes for an accountable and responsible medical marijuana program are counted – let’s make every vote count.
Yesterday was an important day for I-182. Leaders from across the state endorsed the initiative by name and are standing with the 11,850 patients that have lost access to their medicine.
Now, please stand with them and endorse I-182 with your name.
What needs to happen now is for I-182 supporters to create a waterfall effect. You must choose to activate and pledge to stay involved. If you become involved, then your actions will inspire others to act and become involved as well. I-182 must pass on November 8th, because the alternative is unacceptable.
Across the country there are efforts happening to make sure that this year, every American is registered to vote. Back in 2008 there were 6 million Americans who didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline – make sure that doesn’t happen to you or anyone you know this year.
The most important thing on November 8th is that you VOTE. Every vote counts. It is a privilege, a responsibility, and it matters, especially when it comes to I-182.
Make sure you check out the Get Out the Vote page on the I-182 website for more information about how to register to vote and to answer any questions you might have about voting in Montana: http://www.yeson182.org/get-out-vote
There are thousands of Montanans who are depending on I-182 to pass this November. Patients, suffering from cancer and other debilitating illnesses and Montanans that are sick and dying, deserve to live their lives with dignity and to choose the medicine that works for them. For many, medical marijuana is the only thing that allows some relief when no other medication has worked. When a patient chooses to share their story publicly, they allow us a glimpse into what their every day struggles are. The bravery and courage it takes to share their story cannot be measured and cannot be in vain.
It is up to each of us to make sure that their words do not stop at our ears. When we learn something, we must continue to spread the word and educate others. With that goal in mind, please read Angel Hoerner's story and share it in conversation, on social media, wherever and however you can.
Have you heard of the southern African phrase, Ubuntu?
It means human kindness and community, but more broadly, it means ‘I am, because of you.’
Human connectedness is at the core of this campaign and what I-182 is about. That I am open to you, and vice versa. That we both understand that we must stick together and that we need each other to get to where we are going – which is winning on November 8.
The end goal is passing I-182 in a few weeks. As the date quickly approaches, the tension rises, and the stress of patients, doctors, and supporters shows. This is why I am reminding you of this phrase, Ubuntu.
You are not in this alone, just as I know that I am not in this alone. I will lean on you, and you can lean on me.
If we can’t solve it or figure it out, we will ask others for support, because that’s how we win. We win by having a solid foundation of people who are working as a team.
While I was driving between Montana towns today, I began thinking about the many patients whose stories stir up feelings of anger, frustration, and sadness, but above all--hope. Kati Wetch, in Billings, who lives with pain and has undergone many procedures and still, she smiles. David Lewis, a veteran, who has a quiet demeanor about him but has a strong presence and whose story about being sprayed with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War is heartbreaking, and still, he pushes forward every single day. Katie Mazurek, mother, wife, lawyer- struggling with cancer and the pain she has undergone to fight it, remembering her statement about how she should not be perscuted for being a sick person. I remember watching Tayln Lang speak and how, when he speaks, everyone listens, because of his poignant and graceful words spoken as a patient and veteran that make you feel something.
Sometimes tragedy and trauma bring people together because they have something to believe in and fight for. When we are at our lowest, we are reminded that we are all part of the same human struggle, and we all deserve the same thing--that we all deserve to live with dignity.