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Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is an amazing state. The climate and scenery as diverse as the people who come to call it home. There is simply no time to write a blog each night. We’re on the road for some stretches, but it would be agony not to enjoy some of the scenery along the way. Our days typically start early. We’ve done three stops each weekday.  In the evening, once we’ve found our camp spot, we shower off the road, make a bite to eat in the RV and then make supplies for the following day.

By the time we get back to the Melbourne office, we will have distributed more than 70,000 petitions. We’ve left behind friends and family packets, thousands of social media cards and brought awareness of our petition to more than 34 counties. 

In the past ten days, we’ve moved from the southern tip, through the center of the state, around the big bend, and throughout the panhandle. Today we’re headed to Florida State University before heading south for the last few days before we get home.

We have gone from sweating for an hour and a half at a courthouse followed by a mad dash for the AC to running the heat at night. We’ve seen highways and forgotten byways. We’ve stopped at many a courthouse, saw plenty of empty storefront and deserted diners. 

While we are making it fun, this is a tough trip. Murli, our driver is closer to 70 than 60. Murli is also known to some as the Gainesville Doobie Tosser. He tells us it was the "Alleged Doobie Tosser" until the state convicted him, then he was the "official Doobie Tosser!" Murli did his time and earned his place in history, he certainly doesn’t need to be on the road again. Alex has a family business, a son in school and a political action committee (PAC) of his own to run. My health is challenging all the time, my home a mess and my youngest is in his senior year, memories I’d like to share with him. It is a sacrifice being away from home, even if we are comfortable.

 

I think we all agree we are making this journey to fan the flames in the hearts of people already dedicated to the cause. We are taking this venture to ensure that the Right of Adults to Cannabis has a chance to be heard and the voters can join us in rejecting prohibition of cannabis. We are certainly influencing people. People agree with us by and large. We hear the same things – “I’ve thought they should make it legal for 40 years,”; “Not sure why they ever made it illegal to begin with,” and don’t forget, “Folks around here act like it is already legal!”

 

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