Common sense marijuana laws are sweeping the nation and the globe. Australia voted in favor of medical marijuana earlier this year. Germany may see medical marijuana realized in 2017. And Mexico, which would likely see a huge drop in the violence imposed by drug cartels, is looking into marijuana for medical, scientific, and research purposes.
Here at home, Georgia is working towards recreational legalization. Florida will make its second attempt to make medical marijuana a reality this November. And there are plenty of other states who may legalize marijuana soon.
For cannabis enthusiasts who hail from more close-minded places, it can be frustrating to hear about all of the legalization efforts and successes. There are places, within the U.S. and worldwide, where a very negative mentality towards marijuana still exists.
Unfortunately, you can’t walk into your state’s senate and propose a legalization bill, but there are plenty of ways to support the people who can. If you want to make your voice heard and get legalization on your state’s ballot, check out the following suggestions!
Get Involved with the Marijuana Policy Project
You can start by following MPP on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. If you own your own website, throw an MPP banner up there to show your support. You can also sign up for MPP email alerts, which will keep you informed of breaking news and provide easy ways to contact local legislators.
The Marijuana Policy Project has a state policy page. Just select your state and scroll down to read recent news and keep up to date on pending legislation.
Shop for a Cause
Certain online retailers and even search engines will donate a portion of their proceeds to various organizations. MPP has this arrangement with a number of websites, including:
- Purchases through Amazon Smile.
- Items bought through major retailers when you register for an iGive account.
- Searches on Goodsearch (powered by Yahoo!).
- Items sold through eBay’s Giving Works program (select Marijuana Policy Project when prompted).
Contact Your Legislators
Just enter your zip code and you’ll be supplied with the complete list of legislators in your state, as well as links to their personal websites and social media accounts.
You may know a lot about marijuana, but you could always learn more right? MPP has an extensive list of books about marijuana, laws, and the war on drugs. Plus, when you use this special link to purchase something, Amazon will donate a portion of the sale right back to MPP.
Find Out Your State’s Score
NORML has taken the time to rate each and every senator and representative from each and every state on their stance on marijuana. Find out what your state’s scorecard says and which congress members you should target.
Put Together Some Talking Points
We get it: this sounds like a lot of work. Only it’s not, because NORML has done the hard work for you. Get ready for a deep discussion on marijuana policy, with talking points, success stories, and tips for dispelling common cannabis myths.
Get the Facts, Share the Facts
Part of the problem with some people’s viewpoints on marijuana is that they are misinformed. The Drug Policy Alliance is working to combat that, starting with a list of the 10 most meaningful facts about cannabis.
Educating yourself and your community, and organizing through the right channels, can help push forward marijuana policy reform in your state or country.