reliefchoices Posted January 10, 2011 Report Share Posted January 10, 2011 (edited) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Detroit, MI, January 7, 2011: A group of individuals has announced today that they are now registered as a PAC (Political Action Committee) in the state of Michigan with the purpose of supporting candidates who will back the existing law governing medical marijuana which was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2008. Organizers stated that due to developments in state government as well as actions that have already been taken across the state at the local level, it is especially necessary to form a group to defend a good policy that is under fire. “It isn’t the job of politicians who are in the business of pandering to narrow, yet vital constituencies to second-guess such a strong majority of voters”, said Ryan Richmond a co- founder of the new PAC that the founders have decided to call Sensible Michigan. Richmond states that the name goes to the heart of what he believes is the key to defending and upholding the law and moving forward with a reasoned approach to medical marijuana in the state of Michigan: common sense. He states that he and his team plan to raise $500,000 for the 2012 election cycle so they can adequately defend the law from detractors. “Opponents of the existing law often enjoy portraying the people associated with medical marijuana as drug users and drug dealers when the reality is that there are many business and health professionals who are in the business of helping acutely sick and disabled individuals in a safe and professional manner.”, stated attorney and board member Paul Tylenda. “Safe access is the current policy and the current policy is the logical one. Appropriate zoning is fundamental to creating safe access policies that communities and their leaders can get behind.” When asked about the primary activities that the PAC will seek to engage in, Joseph Fisher, an organizer working with Sensible Michigan was very upbeat, optimistic, and confident that the group would go beyond just supporting candidates financially, but participating in grass roots activities such as canvassing and letter-writing campaigns. “Money talks but so do people. Our organization isn’t only going to posses the capability to help financially back candidates, but to turn out the vote and remind politicians that this is an issue that many voters deeply care about as well.” Richmond says that these very efforts are going to be buoyed by the contributions they expect from a wide cross-section of supporters including health professionals, attorneys, entrepreneurs, patients, and those who support a just law and safe access in general. “It’s a shame that we need to put this much effort in to defend something so logical, so strongly supported by voters, but it would be a greater shame if we were to allow this law to be eliminated by a strong and vocal minority.” More information can be found on their website, www.sensiblemichigan.org Contact: Joseph Fisher Sensible Michigan PAC 313.486.2540 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sensiblemichigan.org ## Edited January 10, 2011 by reliefchoices Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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