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CSC Hosting Democratic Caucus Luncheon

CSC is Set to Host the Democratic Caucus Luncheon Tuesday January 9th, 2018

AGENDA IS AS FOLLOWS;

CONFIRMED ATTENDEES:

  • Don Howell (RN at VA, Purple Heart Recipient)
  • Dr. Aaron Haire (MD)
  • Bill Nettles (Former US States Attorney for SC)
  • Dr. Bill Griffith (MD Arthritis Patient)
  • Bob Noe (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
  • Cynthia Grimley (MS, CRC, CCM, ABVE/D, Rehabilitation Counselor)
  • Dr. Denis Dorsey (MD Brain Researcher)
  • Dr. Steven Merlin (MD Addiction Specialist, CSC Board Member)
  • David Haltiwanger (Former longtime Lobbyist and Farmer, CSC Board Member)
  • David Newsom (Lobbyist for CSC)
  • Janel Ralph (Executive Director CSC, CSC Chairman of the Board, CEO Palmetto Harmony and Mom)
  • Dr. Onarae Rice (PHD Neuropsychology, Richard W. Riley, Furman University)
  • Jeff Moore (30-year Executive Director of the Sheriff’s Association, CSC Board Member)
  • Dr. Prakash Nargarkatti (PHD, country’s leading Cannabinoid Researcher-USC)
  • Dave Wilson (Public Relations)
  • Jonathon Metcalf (Public Relations)
  • Judy Ghanem (MBA, Secretary-Treasurer CSC, State Director of Outreach, mom)
  • KC Mangus (Attorney Charleston Bar, Regional Director of Outreach CSC)
  • Charles Reeder (District Captain Convention of States, Regional Director of Outreach CSC)
  • Stacy Guerni (Mom to Autistic Child)
  • Molly Leier (BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Regional Director of Outreach CSC, patient advocate)
  • Kathy Rollins (Assistant Director of Recruiting Darla Moore School of Business, Regional Director of Outreach CSC)
  • Rosie Craig (Political Activist, Historic Preservationist, Philanthropist, Founding Member CSC Board and CEO MCraig Co.)
  • Cat Stevens (M.ED Furman, CSC Regional Director of Outreach, parent advocate)
  • Dawn Ridge (LMT, LRMT, CSC Regional Director of Outreach, patient advocate)
  • Edie Hershfield (LRMT, CSC Regional Director of Outreach, patient advocate)
  • Michelle Simonetti (BS in Neuroscience, Health and Wellness Commissioner, CSC Regional Director of Outreach)
  • Matt Rawcliffe (Retired Marine, Recipient of 2 purple hearts)
  • Chelsea Hurst (BS, Cancer Patient Advocate and CSC Regional Director of Outreach)

*If you are a community leader that supports the Compassionate Care Act and would like to attend please send an email to [email protected]

SPEAKERS AGENDA

List of Speakers in order as they will be presenting, (please see full credentials under the attendees list):

  • Janel Ralph
  • David Newsom
  • Dr. Merlin
  • Bill Nettles
  • Dr. Rice
  • Bob Noe
  • Don Howell
  • Judy Ghanem
  • Dr. Griffith
  • Dr. Dorsey
  • Cat Stevens
  • Dr. Haire
  • Jeff Moore
  • Dr. Nargarkatti

Janel Ralph: Janel will be introducing each speaker before they speak to help with time management and making sure the agenda stays on schedule. Janel will speak for 5 minutes to introduce CSC.health the organization, who we are and why we are asking the legislative body to pass the Compassionate Care Act. Also, a brief introduction of the CSC Board Members as well as each attendee and their credentials that have joined CSC for the luncheon today to answer any questions legislators have. Then she will introduce David Newsom as the Lobbyist for CSC, and each additional speaker above in the order they are listed.

 

David Newsom: Set to talk about acceptable amendments to the bill and that he will be meeting with several legislators over this session representing the patients to ensure that the bill that does get passed will be comprehensive and allow patients access to safe medicine. Some of the legislators know him from last year since he was working hand in hand on this topic with Jason Pulhaski and Ed Givens.

 

Dr. Merlin: Will say a brief exert on his expertise in working for 20 years as one of the leading state addiction doctors and why he believes this is an important piece of legislation to combat the addiction crisis we are facing. He will offer to meet with any legislators for a one on one meeting through this session and they can obtain his contact information through any representative of CSC.

 

Bill Nettles: Will be talking on the Sessions Memo and how the Rohrabacker-Farr amendment is still intact that protects medical marijuana programs from federal prosecution. He will speak on why this bill is good for SC and why we need to pass a comprehensive program in South Carolina this year. As the former US States Attorney for the State he has a perception of why this is important that the legislators can not ignore.

 

Dr. Rice: He will be talking about the research side of cannabis and how legalizing a medical program in SC will allow for better research. He will also touch on the Neurosciences side of Cannabis and offer to speak with any legislator who has questions for about these topics after lunch or later for a one on one meeting. Legislators can obtain his contact information through any representative of CSC.

 

Bob Noe: Is representing the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and will be their to request on behalf of their members to please not remove MS from the conditions list and allow MS patients in SC access now.

 

Don Howell: Is representing veterans across the State he is purple heart recipient and veteran’s hospital RN, He will talk about why he believes this is an important piece of legislation for our veterans. He will offer to speak with any legislator who has questions after lunch or later for a one on one meeting. Legislators can obtain his contact information through any representative of CSC.

 

Judy Ghanem: She will talk about how being a victim of the opiate crisis and recently loosing her only son to this epidemic. She will also talk about how important it is for her daughter Kira who has a genetic disorder, tethered cord syndrome and autism to have a better quality of life.

 

Dr. Griffith: Will be talking on the medical benefits of cannabis as a medicine and why the legislative body needs to pass comprehensive legislation now. He will offer to speak with any legislator who has questions for him after lunch or later for a one on one meeting. Legislators can obtain his contact information through any representative of CSC.

 

Dr. Dorsey: Dr. Dorsey will be talking about brain research and why it’s important to allow access to medical cannabis for patients in the State. He will also offer to speak with any legislator who has questions for you after lunch or later for a one on one meeting. His contact information can be obtained through any representative of CSC.

 

Cat Stevens: Will give a heartfelt talk about her daughter and why she needs access to more than just CBD. Cat is one of our upstate regional outreach director and is works as an educator at Furman University along with being a mother of a special needs child.  She will ask the legislators to please vote yes for the Compassionate Care Act this year.

 

Dr. Haire: Will be discussing what she sees in her practice everyday and how many of her patients could benefit from the access to legal medical cannabis treatment like over 60% of the population has access to in legal states. She will also offer to speak with all legislators one on one and can be reached through CSC.health.

 

Jeff Moore: Jeff is a CSC Board Member and will be talking about his service as the 32 year sheriffs association director and why he has changed his stance on medical marijuana. He will talk about how he feels SC needs to pass a comprehensive program if nothing else to allow his son to travel home and use his much needed medicine in his home state and not be a criminal. He has a child who is a medical refugee.

 

Nargarkatti: Will talk about how long he has been doing research on cannabinoids in SC and that in order for the research community to do more credible research we need to enact a comprehensive medical program that will allow for observational studies done on humans. He will briefly talk on the success he has seen with the many conditions that cannabinoids can treat and emphasize on treatments with THC. He will offer to speak with any legislator who has questions for him after lunch or later for a one on one meeting. Legislators can obtain his contact information through any representative of CSC.

 

*Please note that this is a luncheon CSC.health is hosting and is the one time that we will get to have all the democratic legislators in one room. We understand that most people have a lot to say on this topic and there will be several times during the legislative session that CSC will set you up on one on one with legislators to tell them your full story, this is not the event for that. This lunch is to show the legislators how much support we have gathered in the off season and that professional people and community leaders from around the State are wanting them to start seriously looking at passing this bill now. There will be time after the lunch is over to mingle with legislators and talk with them on this topic.

 

In the near future CSC will be hosting a large educational conference in Columbia with leading industry vendors. We will be requesting several people to speak on panels at that conference. CSC is also working on hosting one more of these luncheons with the Republican Caucus and we will need the same support from everyone at that time so please keep us in your thoughts for the future. CSC’s organized Lobby Day will be in February. Please come dressed to impress on Tuesday and THANK YOU EVERYONE for your participation in this monumental event. Don’t forget to follow us on our website at www.CSC.health and sign up for our newsletter for all upcoming notices on the Compassionate Care Act and CSC happenings.

 

 

 

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