20 January 2017
As a supporter of our efforts to add Post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for treatment with medical marijuana in Colorado, we though you’d want to know that SB17-17, the bill to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for treatment of medical marijuana.
We are asking your help in reaching out and contacting the committee members by telephone and email asking for their support. We want to show the committee the broad based support for this bill and your help in presenting a strong and positive grass roots showing before committee will build positive momentum going into committee. We have included both telephone and e-mail contact information for the committee below for your convenience as well as some DRAFT talking points for your consideration. Please feel free to say whatever you feel is right, these are only for consideration. As it stands, we believe this bill will have the support it needs to come out of committee and move to the next phase of the process. As such, the Senate bill sponsor has asked us to consider limiting testimony as is common in bills when they do not expect a controversial outcome. While nobody can deny your right to publicly testify and tell your story, there are some tried and tested truths that come into play with legislation. The biggest is that when you have the votes you want, you do not overwhelm the committee with testimony. This bill is currently scheduled to be the second of three bills up that morning. They are all human. They get hungry (the committee will be before lunch), then angry, sometimes they find ways to disagree when testimony is weighs on and it can put the bill at risk. We are excited to announce that the bill has been scheduled for its first committee hearing next Tuesday, January 24th in Senate State Affairs.
In advocating for a bill there is a recipe to catching legislators’ attention:
· The story of self – how this bill relates to you.
· The story of us – how this bill relates to your community.
· The story of now- what do we want you to do now? We want you to support SB 17-17.
Ideally you would not want to go more than a paragraph for each to hold their attention but say what you feel is right. Tracking your experience with others and combining with a clear ask of what you would like is a very effective way to communicate with elected officials on proposed legislation. It helps to be polite and to acknowledge and thank them for their service.
Senate State Affairs Committee Capitol Contact Information