It’s been a while since we posted on this blog. Activism is difficult work. Mostly because it takes a lot of time and pays no money. This is also uncharted territory for many of us in the South. So there’s also some ingenuity that goes along with our orneriness. We’re making it up as we go along. But there’s something about this issue of marijuana re-legalization the keeps us moving forward diligently.
One of our friends at the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network (NCCPN.org) sent us his reasons for fighting the good fight. We thought we’d post it here. We think you’ll appreciate and understand his perspective…
The time has come to try new things. As a group we have a real possibility of making Medical Marijuana (MMJ) a campaign issue in NC come election time. This will not happen by itself but will not be as hard as it sounds. We need to educate the public around us to the medical potential of Cannabis. Politicians listen to numbers. We hit some threshold on bill HB84 judging from the reaction we received. When we get the public at large calling and asking for MMJ the politicians will fear for their jobs. We can show up at any political meetings open to the public. There we should ask in public and press view about MMJ. Try to get a poll taken of the room to show public support on the issue. If we keep some pressure on we will get noticed. If the press picks MMJ up as a question we are successful but not done with our job. We will need to nurse this along with pressure from the public at large till the bill passes.
Our job is to take to the streets where you live. Find a public area with pedestrian & street traffic. Make a few signs up talking about the medical properties of MMJ. Print out a few pamphlets or your own handout tuned to your area to hand out to interested passerby’s. A cheap handout is a business card with MMJ info on it. I put links to government studies about MMJ on the back of the card. Not sure of what you will say on your card? Use what is on other cards you have seen and like. I stole half of my card from Sydv.
I know I am asking you to get out of your comfort zone in advocating the issue of MMJ openly. I know I certainly am uncomfortable with the high profile I have taken on here in the Charlotte region. But the need to see unjust laws change is not driven by my needs. I look to the future of my kids and think how much their lives could be improved with early access to safe & sane medicine. I worry about a blot on their arrest record affecting their ability to get a job and secure a future for themselves just because they choose Marijuana over alcohol to relax after work.
If you ask where are our leaders let me assure them we are all hard at work as our conditions allow. Perry Parks is doing great work for the cause by taking on the legislature, finding sponsors and keeping MMJ alive in minds and conversations in that snake pit( legislature floor). Perry has teamed up with NORML and has been seen speaking at their events. Perry has worked hard to grow this organization to the size you see today. Perry is doing more than any of us to make this real. But there is only so much any one person can do. That is where you and I come in. Perry built NCCPN to educate the public about the benefits of medical cannabis and it is time to return the favor and help spread the word.
When you are out spreading the word about MMJ remember that recent polls say North Carolinians like the idea of MMJ. Recreational use is starting to be seen as safe in the general population. The war on drugs is disliked by most Americans. The tide is turning in our favor. We need people that will get out and educate their area and start the conversation to change the laws concerning Marijuana use in North Carolina. Could that be YOU? We need warm, willing bodies to help secure a better future for us all in North Carolina.