Tuesday, April 07, 2009

HB434 The Micheal Phillips Compassionate Care Act in Committee April 8

I just got the following note from Rep. Patricia Todd.

We have another delay with the bill. It seems that the Leg Ref Ser gave me a version of the bill that is NOT the same as the version passed by Judicary in 07. I will have to get LRS to draft a substitute bill that is the same so the committee will be able to pass it.

This means another week delay.....

Representative Patricia Todd
1320 58th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222
205.599.2856 Home
205.567.9419 Cell



Our bill, HB434 The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act
will be in the judiciary committee THIS Wednesday (tomorrow) April 8.
Needless to say I am very excited and I know all of you are too.

I need to know today who all is definitely coming to Montgomery on Wednesday.
Get that information to me as soon as you read this email.

Here is the plan.

We will all meet up in front of the State House located at 11 South Union St. in
Montgomery around 8:15 AM. It is critical that you be there early because the
meeting room is small and we want to get all the seats if we can. Once the room
is full the door is closed and no one is allowed in. If you want a seat then be
there on time. If you are late and we are not standing outside then proceed to
the elevator, go down to the first floor and take a right until you come to room
123. That is where the committee meeting will be held.

There will be no testimony by patients or opponents on Wednesday. Our plan all
year has been to get this bill out of committee on a voice vote so that it
doesn't get hung up or assigned to sub-committee. We still expect it to pass on
a voice vote.

During the committee hearing we will not talk. We will not roll our eyes at each
other over some of the undoubtedly borderline insane things some of the
committee members might say. We will not show anger. I do however give my
blessing to an eruption of applause and cheers when the bill passes on a voice

Dress appropriately. Dress like you are going to church. Wear comfortable shoes
though because we might pay visits to your individual representatives after the
committee meeting is over. The dress protocol is so very important. If you have
a green ribbon or something similar that you would like to wear that will be
fine. I wish I had some "STOP ARRESTING PATIENTS" buttons but I don't. No pot
leaves anywhere. No anything that confuses this issue with outright

You have to go through a metal detector to enter the State House. Please leave
things like pocket knives and such in your cars. If you forget they will take it
at the door and you can get it on the way out.

If any of you need to talk to me via phone please call me at 1-877-528-5647.

My cell phone number is 256-625-9599. You will need it for Wednesday.

I hope to see all of you on Wednesday. If there was ever a day to pack out your
car with supporters and make the trek to Montgomery Wednesday will be the day.
The more people who show up the more legislators will understand that we are
serious and want this bill passed.

Loretta Nall


krayphysh said...

What ever happened with this!?

Loretta Nall said...

The bill has been pulled for this session due to someone on the Judiciary Committee saying the committee would not pass the bill as written, but would pass the bill that came before them in 2006. The 2006 bill stipulated that medical marijuana must be distributed through an FDA licensed pharmacy. That is impossible since it isn't an FDA approved drug. Passing that bill would mean that patients would have no safe, legal way to get their supply of medicine and I will not drag sick people to Montgomery to fight for a bill that will do absolutely nothing to protect them.

During the break between this session and next we will be working with bill sponsor Rep. Patricia Todd to draft a bill that everyone can get on board with and one that will provide for a safe, legal way for qualifying patients to get their meds.

krayphysh said...

The attitude in which these people handle this matter makes me embarresed to live in this state. I think it's really going to be hard to pass this bill with all of these hard~core, bible belters. Not saying they're terrible people, but a great deal of them are not willing to increase their education, thus reducing their ignorance, due to a fear of conflicting their religion...We've got to elect the right people; I don't think the people in office support anything except going to church and paying your taxes.

Knottie said...

Exactly who was this act named for?

Loretta Nall said...

knottie The bill is named in memory of one of our patients Michael Phillips who passed away in December of 2007. You can read about Michael at this link. Up near the top of the blog there is also a link to pictures and the eulogy I gave at his funeral.