Here’s my report about the Iowa Caucuses last Tuesday:
Tuesday was the beginning of the caucus process. A total of 8 medical cannabis activists are confirmed as elected delegates to their county caucus, which will take place March 8th.
Not all people who caucused have reported as to their results. Mixed results around the state saw GOP precincts being very hostile to the notion of medical cannabis. This is not surprising seeing as how their party leadership seems to be completely clueless as to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s unanimous expert ruling back in 2010.
While my GOP precinct did pass a medical cannabis resolution 6-4, this means nothing more than that the issue will simply be discussed and voted on at the County Convention on the 8th of March. If the resolution passes there, then the resolution will go on to the State GOP Convention, which will be held on April 26th. Then, if the resolution passes by a majority vote of the elected delegates, the issue may be put into the official GOP platform.
This issue has been in the Democrats’ platform for years, and I am very confident that scientific recent evidence combined with testimonials from over 1,000 Iowans will move the Republican Party to rethink this issue with a critical eye and learn exactly why the state of Iowa’s statutorily designated expert agency of medical experts unanimously ruled that marijuana is medicine in 2010. If you’re reading this, and have yet to contact your legislators, please do so immediately — you can find your legislator by entering your zip code here on the State’s website.
Some activists who were elected as delegates were not able to get a medical cannabis resolution passed by vote. That’s ok — since they are delegates, they can reintroduce a resolution at their county convention. All we need is one of our activists in the GOP county conventions to either get elected as a delegate — priority #1 — or get a resolution on medical cannabis passed so that it will be taken up at the State Convention.
Using the caucus process is a learning experience for all of us. This is only my third caucus and my first time becoming a delegate. The best effect of this tactic from an activist perspective is the ability to educate party leadership, as well as active party activists who have influence on party leadership. Recent media coverage of real Iowans who need medical cannabis are combining with effective educational outreach, which is leading to legislators rapidly turning around on this issue. At the risk of being overly optimistic, it’s looking like this issue is actually going to get looked at seriously in the legislature this year for the first time since 1993 when the Senate unanimously voted to approve medical cannabis.
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Thanks for reading.