Grandma Lobbies for Medical Marijuana
The Silver Tour www.thesilvertour.org is producing the first ever SENIOR Rally and Lobbying event in our nation's capitol. We will partner with SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy, ) to lobby the House for passage of a budget amendment to prevent the DEA from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states with legal cannabis. .It should come up for a vote in late June. Our lobby day is Monday June 17, 2013. If passed, it opens the door for other states that are holding back on medical or legalization for fear of the feds. There is strong media interest to cover the event. Seniors in DC for cannabis is a huge news story, especially when they arrive hand in hand with students from SSDP. The feature event of the day will be a luncheon at the National Press Club or a location on Capitol Hill. All funds are being raised by The Silver tour.
For those who don't know me, my name is Robert Platshorn. I was featured in the hit Showtime movie, Square Grouper. My Silver Tour was recently spotlighted on Jon Stewart's Daily Show, CNN Money and on the front page of The Wall St Journal.
We need a sponsor or sponsors for the luncheon and buses. "Sponsored by" and sponsor's logo will be large on all banners and signage at the lunch and press conference. The cost to sponsor the lunch/press event, is about $5,000. Bus sponsorship is $1,000. The sponsors will be national heroes to the millions of seniors, students and everyone in the country who supports medical marijuana and cannabis reform.
All sponsors can be anonymous if desired.
Arrangements can also be made to sponsor the entire event including buses, signage, giant traveling billboard and more. I'm hoping you may know someone who can become a sponsor for any amount . This will be the most historic D.C. event to date. Irv Rosenfeld, who gets his medical marijuana from the federal government and is also a Silver Tour Director will be on hand with me to meet with press and fans.
All funds are being raised by The Silver tour.
For the first time lawmakers saw a cross section of Americans come together for a shared goal. Many are finally aware that this issue is important to a majority of voters that live in thier districts. You made this possible.
You also made it possible for a large number of people to lobby for the first time in their lives. Now that they know it's not impossible, they will do it again and again. All of these things will hasten the end of cannabis prohibition in America.
The picture is mostly shots from our standing room only reception. Silver Tour donors and Weed Maps made it happen.
Now I will concentrate on educating seniors and the mainstream by airing the new version of "Should Grandma Smoke Pot?" on commercial TV stations in as many states as funds allow. It airs as "paid programing". If you haven't seen it here is the link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln3xVhf8mXw .
If you'd like to help us air the show donations can be made at the Silver Tour website www.thesilvertour.org
Thanks again! You have made a real difference. Your Silver Tour pins will go out in about two weeks when a new supply arrives.
The hottest International on line and on TV magazine, VICE, has published a great feature story, "Does Granny Need Ganja?" http://ow.ly/m3hxJ .
And yesterday there was a piece in ROLL CALL, the hot sheet for Washinton insiders, outsiders, wannabe s and the international press
"Pot-Seeking Seniors Hope to Light a Fire Under Pols" Heard on the Hill http://ow.ly/m3e5A
This is only the beginning. National and international coverage will deliver our message to Congress and the voters. Change will accelerate. Your contribution and WeedMaps support has made this possible.
In case you haven't heard, our Congressional Reception now includes an historic show of solidarity by some of the most important and diverse organizations in the country. See the picture.
As we've grown, so has our expenses. But as you can see, we will get millions of dollars of publicity for ending cannabis prohibition. I'm still hoping for two bus sponsors or more donations to keep us in the comfort zone financially.
One new expense is my travel. The US Parole Commission finally decided to let me travel to DC. When I get back home, I begin sending out the rewards.
Thanks so much to all the past and future supporters. You made it happen.
These are important allies that have not been with us in the past. There is strength in solidarity. We will make history on June 17th.
Oh! Did I mention that the US Parole Commission has finally granted me permission to join you all in our nations Capitol.
Thanks so for all your past, present and I hope continued support. I'll see you in D.C.
Tomorrow I will notify all ticket holder of final arrangements and agendas.
Here is the good news. Our 4pm reception/buffet will be a killer. There will be Congressmen to speak to and to hear speak. We have a VIP mystery guest whose name I'm not permitted to divulge yet.
LEAP'S Neill Franklin will join us to speak at the reception after he helps to lead a group from IBW in a two hour White House March and Rally in Lafayette Park, to End The Drug War . Several of the leaders will join us in solidarity.
Between the Congressmen, Speakers, Vets, guests who are joining with us and SSDP students, the event has grown to 150% percent of original plans. We have increased the buffet and beverage bar. Most other costs have increased accordingly. Two $1,000 bus sponsors or the equivilent from donors, would put us back in the comfort zone.
. We will be a huge presence. Not one Congressman will be able ignore our message. It's all free to attendees, but tickets are going fast now. Sign up at www.thesilvertour.org