PLEASE HELP

There are many different ways in which you can help.  Please sign our petition.  You can meet with Maryland legislators and leaders in person. You also can call, write or email Maryland legislators and leaders to tell them you support the legalization of medical marijuana for kids with epilepsy.  For more specifics of current bills/recommended amendments, see the "Maryland Legislation" tab.

Contact your legislators for your district

Contact the Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene

Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.

Contact the Governor

Governor Martin O’Malley

Contact the Lt. Governor

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown

Contact the committee members on the Health & Government Operations Committee  (Government Operations Sub-Committee is identified below with asterisks)

Eric M. Bromwell 410-841-3766 Eric M. Bromwell D 415 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Eric.Bromwell@house.state.md.us 8 Baltimore
Robert A. Costa 410-841-3551 Robert A. Costa R 159 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Robert.Costa@house.state.md.us 33B Anne Arundel
Bonnie Cullison 410-841-3883 Bonnie Cullison D 220 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Bonnie.Cullison@house.state.md.us 19 Montgomery
John P. Donoghue 410-841-3125 John P. Donoghue   * D 425 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 John.Donoghue@house.state.md.us 2C Washington
Donald B. Elliott 410-841-3118 Donald B. Elliott R 311 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Donald.Elliott@house.state.md.us 4B Carroll and Frederick
William J. Frank 410-841-3793 William J. Frank R 303 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 William.Frank@house.state.md.us 42 Baltimore
Peter A. Hammen 410-841-3772 Peter A. Hammen D Chair 241 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Peter.Hammen@house.state.md.us 46 Baltimore City
James W. Hubbard 410-841-3103 James W. Hubbard D 363 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 James.Hubbard@house.state.md.us 23A Prince George's
Wade Kach 410-841-3359 Wade Kach R 201 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Wade.Kach@house.state.md.us 5B Baltimore
Ariana B. Kelly 410-841-3642 Ariana B. Kelly D 210 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Ariana.Kelly@house.state.md.us 16 Montgomery
Nicholaus R. Kipke 410-841-3421 Nicholaus R. Kipke  * R Minority Leader 217 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Nicholaus.Kipke@house.state.md.us 31 Anne Arundel
Susan W. Krebs 410-841-3200 Susan W. Krebs R 311 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Susan.Krebs@house.state.md.us 9B Carroll
Pat McDonough 410-841-3334 Pat McDonough  * R 310 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Pat.McDonough@house.state.md.us 7 Baltimore and Harford
Dan K. Morhaim 410-841-3054 Dan K. Morhaim  *
Chair
D 362 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Dan.Morhaim@house.state.md.us 11 Baltimore
Peter Murphy 410-841-3247 Peter Murphy D 426 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Peter.Murphy@house.state.md.us 28 Charles
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam 410-841-3358 Shirley Nathan-Pulliam D 309 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Shirley.Nation.Pulliam@house.state.md.us 10 Baltimore
Nathaniel T. Oaks 410-841-3283 Nathaniel T. Oaks  * D 411 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Nathaniel.Oaks@house.state.md.us 41 Baltimore City
Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk 410-841-3502 Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk  * D 157 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Joseline.Pena.Melnyk@house.state.md.us 21 Prince George's and Anne Arundel
Shane E. Pendergrass 410-841-3139 Shane E. Pendergrass D Vice Chair 241 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Shane.Pendergrass@house.state.md.us 13 Howard
Justin Ready 410-841-3070 Justin Ready  * R 322 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Justin.Ready@house.state.md.us 5A Carroll
Kirill Reznik 410-841-3039 Kirill Reznik  * D 225 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Kirill.Reznik@house.state.md.us 39 Montgomery
Shawn Z. Tarrant 410-841-3545 Shawn Z. Tarrant  * D 151 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Shawn.Tarrant@house.state.md.us 40 Baltimore City
Veronica Turner 410-841-3212 Veronica Turner D 205 House Office Building 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 Veronica.Turner@house.state.md.us 26 Prince George's

Do you have a list of all the leaders and legislators?

Do you have sample letters, emails or scripts of what I could say?

If I want to write my own letter, do you have any recommendations?

  • Every legislator receives hundreds of letters every month. Each office does its best to respond to every one of them in a timely manner. To ensure that your letter stands out, here are some simple rules to follow:
  • Be as concise as you can without leaving out important information.
  • Please include all of your relevant contact information so your letter can be responded to or so a staff member can reach you.
  • Include a date on your letter. It is important for us to know when your letter was originally written.
  • If you can, avoid handwritten letters. Small handwritten notes of support or thanks are always appreciated, but if you have more detailed concerns or questions, it is best that inquiries of that sort are typed. If the legislator or staff cannot read your letter, they will not be able to respond to it.
  • Refrain from using confrontational or abusive language. Every letter we receive is taken seriously, whether or not the Senator agrees with the author’s opinion. The Senator looks forward to productive debates with constituents from all points of view.

If I want to write my own email, do you have any recommendations?

When writing an email to your legislator, following these guidelines will make the most of your correspondence:

  • Use a descriptive subject line, where possible. For example, if you are making a scheduling request, note that in the subject line. If you are writing about a specific bill, put the bill number in the subject line.
  • Be as succinct as possible. If you would like to discuss your concerns further with the legislator or a staff member, please say so in the body of your email.
  • Refrain from using all caps or multiple fonts or colors.
  • Please include your contact information, particularly if you would like a response.
  • Refrain from sending chain emails or “forwards.”
  • If you are sending an attachment, make note of it and describe what the attachment is for somewhere in the body of the email. Offices may be wary of attachments due to the threat of computer viruses.

What are the proper salutations for the various leaders and Legislators?

  • Governor O’Malley
  • Lt. Governor Brown
  • Senate President Miller
  • Speaker Busch
  • Senator [all senators]
  • Delegate [all delegates in the house]
  • Dr. Sharfstein

Meet one-on-one with your legislators or leaders

As a constituent, you are entitled to request meetings with your legislator. Because of the legislator’s undoubtedly busy schedule, he may not always be available to meet with you personally. However, all legislators have staff that is capable of handling meetings when the legislator is unavailable. Protocol dictates that the staff member you meet with will discuss the meeting with the legislator personally.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are requesting a meeting with your legislator:

  • If you are calling to request a meeting, please be clear and ask to speak to the person who “handles the [legislator’s] schedule,” typically known offhandedly as their “Scheduler.” The Scheduler handles all aspects of the legislator’s calendar and will be able to find a good time to schedule a meeting.
  • Please let the scheduler know what the meeting will be about. Not only will you be meeting with the legislator in question, but a staff member will be present as well. It is important that the appropriate staff member is there so that your requests or concerns can be addressed properly.
  • Please be prepared to give a brief overview of your request and have an idea of how you would like the legislator to assist you.
  • If you have any information that might be helpful to the legislator and their staff before the meeting occurs, be sure to forward it to the office so that the meeting itself can be as efficient as possible.

Meet as a group

  • Plan to bring only 2-4 of the principle members of your group.
  • Designate a spokesman.
  • Prepare an agenda.
  • Leave-behinds are important and should include names and contact information of principle members of the group and the specifics of group’s request.

Lobbying help

Here's a general weekly schedule in Annapolis:

  • Mondays are the late day for lawmakers, many do not come to Annapolis until after 6 or 7, Monday's Session starts at 8 pm. 
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are hearing days, hearings typically start at 1pm and last as long as their agendas dictate. 
  • Friday are delegation days; the larger jurisdictions have their delegation meetings on local and state issues in the morning and most folks try to get out of town after the 10am Session that day.

Other lobbying suggestions:

  • Do your homework. Understand that legislator’s district and their legislative priorities.
  • Determine the factors that impact a legislator’s decision to support the bill: voting record, demographics, donors, position in the Caucus, the election cycle.
  • Familiarize yourself with the current agenda in the General Assembly and consider where your issue fits in.
  • Help the legislator understand both sides of the issue and be prepared to discuss what groups are opposed to it and the reasons why they are opposed to it.
  • Provide the legislator with substantive facts and compelling reasons to advocate for your issue. Don’t be afraid to offer talking points.
  • If the bill you are there to discuss has already been assigned to a committee, be knowledgeable of the members and the dynamics of that committee.
  • Be yourself and appeal to the legislator on a human level.  Be respectful. Legislators are mere mortals and the good ones appreciate your understanding of their situation.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask them directly if you can count on their support.  If they say no, don’t be afraid to respectfully ask them why.

How do I get to Annapolis if I want to lobby my legislators?

Click here for map of downtown

Click here for parking information or click here for pricing at the private garages (no known public garages at this time)

Plan on a 5-10 minute walk from either of the following garages to the State House (100 State Circle), Senate Building (11 Bladen Street), or House Building (6 Bladen Street)

  • Noah Hillman garage (150 Gorman Street) is a good option as it's on main street
  • Gott's Garage (250 Northwest Street) tends to be a little cheaper, but is further from main street

For hard copy materials that you could tailor to your situation or just bring with you, click here click here

For Questions or Comments, email stoptheseizures@gmail.com