The organization, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P), will be announcing election results in real time today, according to Johnny Green with The Weed Blog. He received a message from his friends at the organization stating that L.E.A.P will announce updates throughout the day.
Included in the election day coverage will, of course, be the measures legalizing marijuana in Alaska, Oregon, and District of Columbia. Attention will also be focused on Amendment 2 for legal medical marijuana in Florida, and Proposition 47 in California, which would remove the charge for minor drug possession from the list of felony charges. The organization will be providing real time updates on their blog and Twitter, as well as sending press releases soon after all votes are counted and final. Members of L.E.A.P will also be available to comment on the results.
This evening (afternoon on the West Coast), Norm Stamper, member of L.E.A.P, will be hosting an open-to-the-public discussion through Reddit IAMA at 7:00pm ET. Reddit IAMA, standing for “ask me anything,” is a place for a person to write the information they want to share, and then answer questions asked by participants. Stamper’s purpose is to explain why he supports legalizing marijuana as well as to go over details of the current marijuana policy reform measures and why they are important. Stamper, a retired police chief from Seattle, has seen the benefits that come from marijuana legalization, and has spent the last week travelling to different parts of Alaska sharing his experiences, educating voters and supporting the legalization effort in the state.
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Nate Bradley was once a police officer in northern California who arrested people for using and possessing marijuana. Today, he is a medical marijuana patient and advocate for patient’s rights.
In an interview, Nate shares how his very first hit of marijuana changed his life for the better,
“Within 2 minutes all the screaming voices in my head had stopped. My eyes saw clearer than they ever had and I had 30 year of anxiety fall off my shoulders at one time. I looked up at the stars and smiled for what felt like the first time in years.”
Nate suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks. Night terrors and severe panic attacks woke him up often throughout the night. He was prescribed to many different prescription pharmaceuticals to treat these symptoms, but none of the pills helped.
As a result, he drank large quantities of vodka along with the handfuls of pills to numb the pain, but that dangerous combination was negatively impacting all aspects of his life. He, also, knew that combination would ultimately kill him.
Luckily for Nate, he had encountered several medical marijuana patients, over the years, who were able to articulate why cannabis was in fact medication for many debilitating conditions. In his darkest hour, he decided to try smoking marijuana to treat his symptoms, and has never looked back. He no longer has to resort to the dangerous and deadly combination of pharmaceuticals and booze because marijuana is his medication.
Nate and other former law men and women, whose lives have been impacted by marijuana, founded the non-profit organization called Lawmen Protecting Patients. The mission of this organization is “to advocate for and protect the rights of medical cannabis patients.”
Today, Nate fights for the rights of medical marijuana patients, and speaks publicly about how cannabis changed his life, in hopes that sharing his story might change the minds of those who still believe the myths that were started during the reefer madness era.
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