CT Norml: Call for a Vote!
In October 2014, I was forced to step down as Executive Director of the Connecticut #Norml chapter, while I focused on dealing with my divorce. Since that day, I have witnessed the chapter meeting attendance dwindle. A formal board was never established and the only position filled was that of Executive Director, which is currently held by Brian Cesanek.
Over these past two years, I have attended many cannabis related events and legislative meetings/hearings. The CT Norml chapter was not represented at any of the above. Sadly, not even once. We need representation and advocacy for the betterment of the program and the future of legalization in the State of Connecticut.
While countless other “advocates,” patients and I attended to support the cause individually, collectively CT Norml was not present.
My intention of stepping down as the Executive Director was for the betterment of the organization. I hoped the current Executive Director would continue the vision which was in place and form a new board of directors for the chapter and it’s members. Two years later, without an established board, I was unfairly banned with approximately six other advocates for attempting to have an impromptu vote. I requested the current Executive Director step down and called to have Colin Souney voted in as new Executive Director of the Connecticut chapter.
CT Norml: Larger than a single individual.
We were banned from “public” meetings of the chapter and publicly shamed for speaking out. We continued to attend every meeting without entering the meeting room. “Pete’s Corner” was established as a place where all could gather and no one is banned! We strive for #UnityInCommunity!!! We have shown we can assemble people and bring change!
After two years, sitting on the sidelines and watching all the hard work of previous directors fade has become too much to bear! Previously, I was voted into the Executive Director position by John Watkins and the acting board. “Voted in” being the key words. It’s 2016, the democracy would like to have a vote! I would very much like to lead the CT Norml chapter towards legalization in the coming months and into 2017.
We have witnessed enough. The time for change is now. I recommend, reassembling a board in order to bring full recreational legalization and patient grow rights to Connecticut.
Together we are change!
Former Executive Director, CT Norml