Voting day is coming up (don’t forget, November 6), and you know how important it is to exercise your right to vote. Amazing strides toward better cannabis legislation are happening regularly, but they don’t happen without the support of people like you. If you feel passionately about supporting pro-marijuana legislation, here are some groups to get involved in and become an activist yourself!
Americans for Safe Access – https://www.safeaccessnow.org/
ASA’s goal is to ensure that marijuana be available for research and therapeutic use. The organization has over 10,000 members of patients, scientists, medical professionals, and caring citizens who all work to meet their goals. ASA seeks to have marijuana recognized as legal medicine in international, federal, and state legislature. Their additional goals are that medical caregivers can recommend cannabis as a first-treatment option, patients be fully informed to make an educated decision about their cannabis use, diverse products and delivery be readily available, products be free of harmful chemicals like pesticides, and that insurance covers cannabis treatments.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy – https://ssdp.org/
A far cry from the drug programs that were touted in the 80s and 90s, SSDP actually wants to end the “War on Drugs.” It is an international network of students, founded by grassroots movements, who want to improve the circumstances of drug misuse while fighting policies that do far more harm than good. These counterproductive ideologies have been particularly caustic to students and youth, and SSDP wants all individuals to make their own decisions about drug use, but in a safe way. Any student anywhere can start a local chapter, but there are currently hundreds of chapters worldwide!
Drug Policy Alliance – http://www.drugpolicy.org/
The simple and valuable mission of the DPA is to change the stigmatic societal paradigm of drug use and regulation into a positive one. They also believe the “War on Drugs” has been a total failure and created more problems than solved. The DPA works to support legislation and policies that reduce drug harm, and equally as important, prohibition harm. Supporters of the DPA are working to eradicate the laws that arrest and disenfranchise youths and people of color who have been targeted and wrongly and systematically criminalized.
Any of these groups are excellent resources if you’re not sure how to be an ally to cannabis activism! Educate yourself and find a group that aligns best with your values. Just click on those links and explore all the ways you can get involved!