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Iowa Caucuses Tonight at 7 pm: How To Submit Medical Cannabis Resolution

Voting is great. Caucusing is better. Go caucus. We're all in this together.

Voting is great. Caucusing is better. Go caucus. We’re all in this together.

Last week’s post, Guide to Iowa Caucuses: Becoming a Delegate, and Introducing Medical Cannabis Resolutions, got a decent amount of shares on the social media sites. Let’s see if that translates into grassroots action tonight.

Follow the above link for info on the caucuses.

In 2012, with 75% supporting, my Republican precinct approved a resolution stating: “We support medical cannabis.” My main talking point with Republicans: the Iowa Board of Pharmacy has unanimously recommended cannabis as medicine to the Legislature. The Board was appointed by the Legislature to make such recommendations, and we should listen to our medical experts on this issue.

Democrat Form for Medical Cannabis Resolution:

http://files.iowamedicalmarijuana.org/imm/2014_caucus_resolution_form.pdf

Republican Form for Medical Cannabis Resolution:

I called the Iowa GOP to ask if they had an official form like the Democrats. They do not. Their advice: print off a piece of paper with your resolution, and bring it to your precinct. If it passes, the caucus secretary will sign the adopted resolution and place it in a specified envelope. Make sure to stick around and check to see your passed resolution got signed and submitted. I’m going to do what I did in 2012 — replace “Republican” with “Democrat” on the Democrats official form, print it off, and take it with me.

Here’s a step by step guide from the Iowa Democratic Party as to how the caucuses work. Expect resolutions to begin being introduced roughly 45 minutes into the caucus, after all the elections have taken place. Make sure to try and get elected as a delegate — if that fails, there is no limit to alternates, and you should put your name on the list of alternates.

Kindly email me at jkarimi2007@hotmail.com and report on how your caucus goes. I’ll have a report here on WeedPress about my attempt to get Republicans to again support medical cannabis. I expect it will pass like it did at my 2012 precinct caucus.

ALSO: Be aware that word limits are important. You can write whatever you’d like for your resolution tonight, but simplicity is important. I have been advised to say “We support a medical cannabis program.” I am not doing that. “Program” is unnecessary — people will automatically make that connection and the word is unnecessary in my opinion.

Follow WeedPress on Facebook for follow ups to tonight’s caucuses.

UPDATE 4:11 PM:

To make it easier on people attending Republican caucuses tonight, here’s a word document you can download. Feel free to change anything you’d like:

Republican platform caucus resolution form

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One thought on “Iowa Caucuses Tonight at 7 pm: How To Submit Medical Cannabis Resolution

  1. I did not make it last night dead car. The rep.passed 6-4 what was democ.vote I do not see it. Do you know the overall results

    Posted by Terri Valko | January 22, 2014, 3:35 pm

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