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Published on May 22, 2008
This first ever Patient Protection Day 2008 statewide lobbying event video was recorded in the Jefferson City Capital Building Rotunda. The stage and sound system were generously provided by the University of Missouri Columbia. This patient is from Kansas City. She has been battling Autoimmune diseases most of her life; Lupus and Crohn's, to name only two. In 28 years, she has suffered more than most of us have ever dreamed of. Cannabis has brought her unfailing relief from pain and other symptoms during her many struggles. During this day-long event, we met with Missouri Speaker of the House, Rod Jetton, who blocked our Cannabis Compassion Bill in 2007 and was making every effort to block it again for 2008. Though, on the day of this event, he recanted his position while meeting with chronically ill patients and supporters in his office, he later killed HB1830 by appointing it to a do-nothing committee too late in the session for it to go anywhere. Fortunately for Missouri's chronically ill, Rod Jetton will not be returning to Missouri's House in 2009. Missourians should guard themselves against slick opportunists like Jetton who say they care, but in reality show little regard for the chronically ill of their state. To view all our Medical Cannabis Testimonies, please visit my youtube channel CannabisPatientNet, and to view our legislative reform, go to www.markpedersen.com and www.gstlnorml.org.