We know you’ve been waiting for this moment, and it’s finally here! After years of watching your friends in Colorado and Washington enjoy the benefits of cannabis legalization, recreational sales are now open in Canada. But while we’re all excited about what this means for our own lives and our country as a whole, there is still work to be done on both sides of the border. Here are some ways you can play an active role in supporting the legalization movement:
Join the conversation
Many ways to support the legalization movement don’t involve money or time. For example, you can:
- Talk about cannabis with your friends, family, and coworkers. If you’re a seasoned pro in the field (or even if you’re just interested), share your knowledge with people who might not know much about it. This can be a great way to educate the public on both medical uses for cannabis as well as legalization efforts at all levels of government.
- Join an advocacy group. There are countless organizations dedicated to legalizing marijuana across North America, so find one near where you live and get involved! Most groups have public events where they discuss their work as well as how supporters can help them achieve success in their mission statement.
Donate your time and money
There are a few ways you can support the cannabis legalization movement. In addition to donating time and money, you can volunteer with local organizations or become a member of national ones.
For example, if you live in California and feel strongly about the issue, consider donating your time to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). DPA is an organization that focuses on drug policy reform and works with other groups across the country and globe to create change at all levels of government. They host events like meetings or conferences where participants discuss how they can work together to make improvements in their communities. You could also help by volunteering with your local chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), which is an organization that promotes cannabis legalization so it may be used as medicine safely by patients who need it most.
Support those who are making a difference
There are many ways to support the cannabis legalization movement. You can purchase products or services from local businesses that support cannabis legalization, donate to an advocacy group, or even consider becoming a member of a non-profit that is working toward legalizing recreational marijuana use.
However, you might be surprised to know that one of the easiest and most effective ways to support this movement is by simply voting for politicians who support legalization. While there aren’t many examples of politicians who have publicly advocated for changes in marijuana laws (yet), there are some pro-legalization politicians quietly getting elected all around America. You can check out our list here: https://www.420intel.com/community/article/politicians-who-support-cannabis/. This page includes information about how each candidate voted on specific bills related to marijuana legislation, so you’ll know exactly what they’ve done in favor of your right as an adult citizen in America!
Make your voice heard.
To make sure your voice is heard, you need to take action. You can start with something simple like calling your representatives or emailing them to let them know how important cannabis legalization is to you. If you’re feeling more ambitious and want to get the word out about cannabis legalization in a public forum, write letters to the editor of your local newspaper or blog about it on medium.com.
Additionally, sharing your story with others can be incredibly powerful in spreading knowledge on cannabis legalization and making sure people understand why we should support it! If anyone ever asks me why I support legalizing marijuana, I simply tell them that my father suffers from Crohn’s disease (a chronic inflammatory condition), and medical marijuana has helped him immensely with his pain management regimen without any side effects whatsoever.
You can also support the movement without even opening your mouth by wearing a 420 t-shirt to show your love for the wonderful plant.
We hope that you’ve found this blog post helpful. We know it can be a little intimidating to get involved in the cannabis legalization movement, but we also know how powerful and exciting it can be. If you want to help support legalization efforts in your state, contact us here at Weedmaps! We’d love for you to join our team of advocates and help make marijuana legal across America.