We didn't get to speak to any legislators but Penni got to introduce herself the Chairman Vallario's staff. She also got a bit of a tour of the House of Delegates Office Building (Casper R. Taylor, Jr. House Office Building). So now she knows to use the elevators that go to all the floors instead of the ones in the lobby.
While we were there we stopped by Del. Mizeur's office. We introduced ourselves to her staff and let them know that we would be attending the Rally for Marijuana Reform on Thursday as well as testifying. They told us that she was around but was trying to attend two committee hearings that were taking place at that same time. We went to both committee rooms but missed her at both.
Later as we were leaving we ran to Gar Roberts of Medical Cannabis Advocates of Maryland. We were talking about last month's op-ed. I was telling him I liked the way it was originally written. He suggested that I post the original version, so that will follow.
I hope to see and meet lots of new people at the Rally for Marijuana Reform on Thursday @ 11AM on Lawyers Mall in front of the State House.
Now before I post the op-ed I need to say this. I appreciate the Baltimore Sun printing my words. Our local paper has always shown me great respect in covering my story which is our story. That said I'm just the writer and as every writer can tell you if you want your piece printed you have to go with the edits.
I also did not title the piece, which is really the only criticism I have. "Fight crime: legalize pot" I felt it trivialized an important point, that being that our public policy on addiction has been a disaster. So what follows was sent titled "Tax & Regulate" (They always change it).