For The Love Of Mary Jane
For the Love of Mary Jane:
How to get involved in the cannabis community
With so many recent changes in the cannabis community, a key component of its development has been activism. Without fighting against the many stigmas that face us, we wouldn’t be where we are today. That being said, there’s still a long way forward. We’ll be discussing some ways you, too, can help reform this budding industry.
In today’s world, so much can be accomplished online. With over a billion users, social media is a great place to start reaching out and making a change. Finding online communities of like-minded individuals, like ours, may give you the confidence and education you need to publicly protest. Facebook groups are filled with varying information from updates on laws to meet ups for rallies or just connecting you with your local stoners. Instagram is also filled with emerging communities looking to unite activists.
Join Reform Groups
As many of you know, there’s strength in numbers. While being a solo cannabis advocate can ignite some change, joining a group to back you up will only make you stronger. Marijuana advocacy groups like National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) are dedicated to changing the system. See if SSDP has an active club running on your college campus here or start one of your own!
Share Your Message
Formally known as grassroots activism, this is hands down one of the most effective ways to make a change. Simply put, it means getting out there and pushing for what you want. Call your local and state representatives and share your perspective on marijuana, write letters, take a public stance on the issue. The main goal is to be heard and get your message across to people in power. In numbers, this’ll bring great results.
Fight for It!
Not literally, please. However, DO get involved in local rallies and protests. Not only do they give you the opportunity to reach out and educate the public, they gain the attention necessary to spark change. Rallies like 420 Rally in Denver and Cannabis Parade in NYC help connect you to other activists with one goal in mind-- end prohibition. Search your local area for events around you.
In a joint effort, we can push for long overdue changes in the cannabis industry. Make it a point to make a difference, even with one simple change. If we each take a step forward in the right direction, we can move mountains.
Until next time, Activist Janes.
THC you later.