Update II: Our rally was quite a success! We had about 30 people at any given time down at Five Points and close to 50 back at the meeting on Highland Avenue. We also had several news outlets cover us including: The Birmingham News, Fox 6 and CBS 42.
Here’s the video coverage from CBS 42:
We had mostly positive reactions from passersby, including folks from all walks of like–even a Birmingham police officer gave us a friendly wave as he drove by. There was a loud, drunk guy who kept coming over and yelling at or with us–it was hard to tell, but, eventually he moved on and the rally proceeded without incident.
Thanks to everyone for coming out to the rally!
Update: Given the weather situation, we’ve decided to push the rally start time to 2pm to give the roads a chance to de-ice. Please be careful out there. Make good decisions. If the roads near you are icy, we’d rather you join us next time than risk an accident.
Also, local media will be out to cover our event tomorrow, so please remember to keep it peaceful, polite and professional.
Hope to see y’all tomorrow.
Note from Alabamians for Compassionate Care:
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather conditions the time of this event has been pushed back by one hour. We will meet at 2330 Highland Avenue at 2 pm and begin our march to the Fountain at 5 Points South between 2:30 and 3:00 pm. The Birmingham News has confirmed that they will be coming out to report on our event. If road conditions are still problematic in your area at noon then do not attempt to attend. However, if you can safely make it to this event please come and bring as many people as you can.
More advocacy coming at ya! I promise that I’ll get down to more “writing-type” writing soon, but I just haven’t had the time recently. However, if you’re in town this Saturday, you should feel free to load up on signs and bring your friends to a Medical Marijuana Awareness (details below). We’re aiming to make a strong show of support for the right of ill people and their doctors to choose whatever form of medicine best meets their needs without fear of arrest, incarceration or other official sanction. Policymakers and law enforcement have no business deciding what medicines are appropriate for patients. The therapeutic benefits of marijuana were widely known in this country before drug prohibition took effect. In fact, the American Medical Association opposed making cannabis illegal before prohibition and has recently come out in support of rescheduling. Please come out and support the rights of patients and doctors to determine the most effective treatment.
Also, Alabama Representative Patricia Todd of Birmingham is sponsoring legislation that would make Alabama the 15th state to implement a medical marijuana program to allow doctors to recommend and patients to obtain marijuana to treat a variety of ailments. Currently designated HB207, though I am told it will have a different designation soon, this legislation will not be brought up for a vote this session unless it passes out of the Alabama House Judiciary Committee. Please contact your state representative and urge him or her to support HB207. Please also contact Rep. Todd and thank her for introducing this legislation.
See y’all Saturday!!
What: International Medical Marijuana Awareness Rally
Where: Meet at 2330 Highland Ave. So., Birmingham, AL 35205
When: This Saturday, February 13th from 1-4pm.
Who: You and all your friends!
If you plan to come to the rally, please also read this important note from Alabamians for Compassionate Care. In other words, be peaceful, polite and professional.
The remainder shamelessly, but gratefully:), lifted from the invitation sent out by the wonderful folks at ACC:
On Feb. 13, 2010 beginning at 1 p.m. members of Alabamians for Compassionate Care/Alabama NORML will kick off International Medical Marijuana Awareness Week with a celebration in Birmingham, Alabama with a pot luck dinner, fellowship, speakers and a short demonstration. If you plan to attend please bring a dish (preferred dishes: Finger Foods/Munchies) to share with other attendees; drinks will be provided. Later on we plan to have individual patients tell their stories about why they use medical marijuana, what they have to endure to get their medicine and how such obstacles have negatively impacted their lives. We will conclude our event by marching from 2330 Highland Ave. down to the fountain at 5 Points South and the back to the Hwy 280 overpass. Please make and bring signs about medical marijuana. Possible slogans include: I am a PATIENT not a criminal, My other medicine is addictive, STOP ARRESTING PATIENTS, MAKE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGAL, etc.
Please feel free to make up your own sign slogans so long as they have to do with medical marijuana.
The address of our celebration is
2330 Highland Ave. South (on Southside), Birmingham, AL 35205
This location is right next to Caldwell Park. Should our group become too large for the location we have selected we can and will spill over into the park, weather permitting.
Load your cars and trucks up with as many people as you can find and we look forward to seeing you there.
If you have questions or need further information please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact our Outreach coordinator Christie O’Brien at email@example.com or by contacting our Web Coordinator Penny Vaughan at 256-276-0083/ firstname.lastname@example.org.