SAVE THE CAREGIVERS, SAVE THE PATIENTS,….JUST SAY NO to S0791
S0791 would eliminate caregivers and create two “for profit” cultivation centers in addition to the three compassion centers and their three cultivation centers.
All patients and all caregivers should ACT on this bill now !!
S0791 is the most serious threat we have seen to caregiver grow rights. Thousands of caregivers who are now growing MMj for their patients would be forced to kill all their plants the day this bill is enacted.
Patients who currently rely on caregivers to produce medicine for them would be forced to rely on compassion centers or go without. The reason so many patients need caregivers is that the compassion centers are unaffordable and/or do not have the strain or type of cannabis that the patient needs. The compassion centers were meant to be an OPTION, not a monopoly.
For many patients, it will be as if the MMj Program disappeared because they will no longer have access to affordable medicine. There is no accurate way to determine the human suffering, premature deaths, return to opiate dependency/addiction that could result from eliminating caregivers. We hope we never have to find out.
We should all remember that the majority of patients include those living on disability and SSI and SSDI. The typical disabled patient who lives on SSI and comes to RIPAC is struggling to survive on less than 1000 dollars per month. Many of them have the good fortune to have the help of a benevolent caregiver. Some of these caregivers ask their patients to pay a nominal amount to reimburse them for expenses, some provide medicine for free, or almost free to patients. All of these caregivers provide medicine to their patients for a fraction of what the patients would have to pay at the compassion centers.
The MMj Program was created in 2006 as a compassionate measure for patients suffering from severe debilitating illnesses. Do not let profiteers steal this program.
The people behind this bill have a lot of money and they want to make more money at the expense of patients. Stand up and say NO. We may not have a lot of money, but we can be proud of our truth. More than 10,000 patients have a better quality of life because of the MMj Program. More than 3,500 caregivers have assisted patients in achieving that better quality of life.
What can you do?
You can help stop this bill.
First question: Are you registered to vote? If not, register so that your voice will matter.
DO NOT WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO MAKE CALLS. If you and five people you know make phone calls, we will likely stop this bill. Call your state senator now (not Sheldon Whitehouse, Jack Reed, Reps. Cicilline or Langevin). Call your STATE SENATOR. If you do not know who that is, call your town or city hall or go to the Voter Info Center: https://sos.ri.gov/vic/ If you scroll down, you can put in your address and find out who your state senator is. While you are at it, you should also find out who your state representative is. So far, this bill is only in the Senate. It will soon be in the House so be prepared to contact your state representative as well.
Be sure you are registered to vote!
Stand up and make a call today. Call for all those patients who are too sick to call. Call NOW.
RIPAC will be setting up meetings throughout the state in the next couple of weeks. If you want to help organize efforts or need suggestions about talking to your senator and state representative, we support you and are here to help.
In the meanwhile, call us and we will do our best by phone. But before you do that, make sure you are registered to vote. Your Senator and State Representative care about their constituents. They all have to get re-elected to stay in office and only their constituents can do that!
The RI Medical Marijuana Community is like no other. We are patients. We are caregivers. We are spouses, siblings, children and so much more. Entire families and communities are benefiting from the caregiver program, whether it is helping your uncle who has MS or your nephew who just got a job at the local grow shop.
We are all capable of caring about patients. We are all capable of voting. We are all capable of a phone call to just say NO.
… JUST SAY NO to S0791 Make your calls today!