Sunday, January 14, 2018

Proclamations Declare March 10th 2018 ‘Medical Cannabis Day’ in Albuquerque!

Proclamations commemorating Lynn Pierson and Erin Armstrong for their courage and strength in advocacy for allowing legal access to medical cannabis in New Mexico for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating conditions and their treatments and recognizing March 10th 2018 as ‘Medical Cannabis’ declared by the Great Mayor of Albuquerque! Medical Cannabis has been successfully helping New Mexicans for over Ten (10) Years; Forty (40) Years ago New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis history started in 1978 by enacting HB 329, The Nation’s First State Law recognizing the Medical Value of Cannabis.

Event Locations and Times:
Albuquerque Event Location: UNM Campus - details to follow.

WHEREAS, Forty Years ago in 1978, Lynn Pierson, an Albuquerque cancer patient, advocated for the passage of a model medical cannabis program in New Mexico; and the New Mexico legislature passed the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act in 1978, establishing the Lynn Pierson therapeutic research program as a result of Lynn's advocacy efforts and it was the nation's first law recognizing the medical value in cannabis; and

WHEREAS, Erin Armstrong advocated tirelessly for the passage of New Mexico's current medical cannabis program law; and New Mexico's medical cannabis law took effect on July 1, 2007, after enactment of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act; and

WHEREAS, Today more than fifty thousand (50,000) patients are currently protected to possess and use medical cannabis as medicine in New Mexico; and

WHEREAS, any medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe medicine in New Mexico is eligible to write a recommendation for qualified patients to register in the state's medical cannabis program. New Mexico law enforcement agencies recognize that state law protects patients who have registered with the department of health for possession of medical cannabis in the medical cannabis program; and

WHEREAS, Ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis means: International, federal and state laws and regulations recognized cannabis as a legal medicine, Medical professionals recommend medical cannabis options as a frontline treatment option or an adjunct therapy, Patients and their caregivers have the information they need to make educated choices about medical cannabis therapies, Patients and medical professionals can incorporate a diverse group of products and delivery methods to create required personalized treatment regimen, Patients can trust labels on products and that medicines are free of pesticides and contaminants, Medical cannabis treatments are eventually covered by insurance; and

WHEREAS, A total of twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico now allow for comprehensive public medical cannabis programs.

Lynn Pierson and Erin Armstrong be commemorated for their courage to advocate for legal access to medical cannabis and that March 10th 2018 be recognized as "Medical Cannabis Day" in the Great Cities of Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and our Capital City of Santa Fe!

Facebook Event Page:  Medical Cannabis Day’ in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe!


Additional Resources:

LECUA Patients Coalition Of New Mexico Grassroots Advocacy Group Provides Forty Two (42) Petitions to the State of New Mexico Department of Health For Expanding Safe Access of Medical Cannabis in 2017.

LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico- Facebook Group

LECUA Patients Coalition of New Mexico Facebook Community Page