Marking our nation’s 242nd birthday this Fourth of July holiday, we’re embracing the words of the Declaration of Independence in that all people are endowed with unalienable rights, which include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While appreciating our nation and the rights we are afforded, and as proud members of the cannabis community, we feel it’s an appropriate time to also advocate for all peoples’ right to safe access to cannabis.
Whether you’re advocating for yourself, on a political level or for that of veterans, there are many ways to fight for cannabis rights. Here are various ways you can help secure a future of safe access for many generations to come.
- Educate Others
As a cannabis advocate, one of your most important tools is your ability to educate and persuade those around you. Believe it or not, there are still tons of people who have yet to understand the medicinal benefits of cannabis, as well as its ability to safely replace potentially fatal alternatives for substances like opioids and alcohol.
Tell compelling patient stories you’ve heard about children who no longer have constant seizures due to cannabidiol (CBD). Share studies that have proven the public health benefits of legal cannabis. Your ability to dismantle the negative stigma of cannabis will go a long way, and you might even help save and improve many lives in the process.
- Make Your Voice Heard
If you’re familiar with the legalization of cannabis, you’ll know that in the United States, a lot of important legislation happens at the local level. By attending, supporting and speaking at local city council meetings and within local organization, you might have the ability to educate lawmakers and others who decide whether or not cannabis is allowed at the city, county or state level.
Advocating for cannabis reform at the federal level is important as well. Whether you’re looking to make change locally, nationally or both, there are many other ways you can make your voice heard. Participate in petition drives, raise funds for local initiatives and support candidates who are for cannabis reform within your area. If you can’t always lobby for cannabis reform in person, don’t forget to send emails, write letters and pick up the phone.
- Strength in Numbers
The cannabis community is stronger than ever. Don’t be afraid to support and join organizations that are doing their part to further safe access and cannabis reform for all.
- Do your Civil Duty
You have a right to vote, so you might as well use it for good. Get out to the polls each time there is an election, and be sure to vote in favor of the candidates and cannabis bills that you feel are going to best suit your city, county or state. Voting matters.