Tuesday, April 2, 2019

CALL TO ACTION: Governor Lujan Grisham Please Sign Senate Bill 204, Titled ‘Medical Marijuana in Schools’ into Law Today

CALL TO ACTION: Please Send the Governor a message on the Governor’s Website Contact Form and place a Phone Call asking for Governor Lujan Grisham to sign Senate Bill 204, Titled ‘Medical Marijuana in Schools’ today.
Governor’s Office Phone: (505) 476-2200
Link Here: https://www.governor.state.nm.us/contact/

We still have patients being withheld from public schools as medical cannabis patients. At the March 29th MCAB Hearing the Medical Cannabis Program Update stated that we now have 250 minors in the medical cannabis program. Senator Candace Gould authored Senate Bill 204, Titled ‘Medical Marijuana in Schools’ and this has yet to be signed into law. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has less than 4 days to sign bills now or they become a pocket veto on April 5th.

These students are losing time, time they will not get back, while waiting for the State to end this discrimination.

California, New York, Virginia and Washington all have joined New Mexico in having active 2019 Legislation for Allowing Safe Access to Medical Cannabis in School.

Currently there are seven other states and one capital city with comprehensive medical cannabis programs that allow medical cannabis in schools: Oklahoma City and these states; New Jersey, Maine, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois.

All have successfully set forth rules and regulations for allowing safe access to medical cannabis while attending public schools.

No school or school district in the US has ever lost any federal funding for allowing safe access to medical cannabis at school, nor has there been any problems.

The Petitions from 2018 Requesting The Inclusion Of A New Medical Conditions: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Degenerative Neurological Disorders And Neuroprotective Applications, Pediatric Cannabis Use In State Hospitals, signing the Medical Cannabis in Schools bill into law, and signing the cannabis decriminalization bill into law - these are all much more important for the Medical Cannabis Program than the Governor’s Opioid Petition thats stealing the spotlight right now on where the true focus should be.

And the Governor has already taken the time to decide that she will place recreational cannabis legalization on next year's legislative agenda for the 30 day session.

“Section 2. PURPOSE OF ACT.—The purpose of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act is to allow the beneficial use of medical cannabis in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.”