Week 5: Join Texas NORML and empower others!
You’ve done a lot this past month! In week 1, you were a supporter of the cannabis cause, but maybe you felt disconnected from your government. Now, you know you can vote, who represents you, if they align with your desire to end cannabis prohibition for Texas, and you know how to respond to their concerns.
This week, we’ll pick two people from your life who don’t actively speak about, partake in, or support the cannabis movement in Texas. Then, we’ll tell them the steps you’ve taken to actively engage with your government on this issue.
Watch our tutorial video to see a Texas NORML Board Member complete today’s action and provide some colorful tips about the process!
WEEK 5 ACTION: CANNABIS CONVERSATIONS
How do you begin a cannabis conversation? Sometimes, it’s easy. You’re talking to someone you know supports you on this issue, and the subject just comes up.
But often, we’re talking to the voters we need on our side. We’re faced with an opportunity to expand the movement, and instead we choose to stay hidden in our support for cannabis. To get past this fear, you’ll need to remember the reason you support this issue in the first place.
Maybe it’s compassion for the victims of draconian punishments for simple possession. Tens of thousands of Texans every year see their lives ruined over possession of something which is legal and prescribed in dozens of states.
Maybe it’s because you see patients in Texas denied access to a treatment option they can otherwise obtain by crossing any Texas border.
Maybe it’s because you see a benefit in your ability to manage stress and pain in your own life when you have access to cannabis.
Whatever motivates you to support this cause, focus on it and share it with the people in your life. At the heart of it all, that’s activism.
THE BOTTOM LINE
You can talk about cannabis in your everyday life. In fact, we’re all going to HAVE to talk about this issue until the prohibitionist scare-tactics are completely gone from the subject, and Texas can make policy about cannabis based on facts, not fear.
You are an activist.
You know who reps you, and whether they agree with you.
You know you can simply call up their offices, write them letters, and more.
So what’s next? A change for Texas.
You can go to the polls in the upcoming Spring and Fall, be engaged in regulatory advocacy and prepare for the 88th Legislative Session where you can tell your story in person. You can learn how to improve your local prohibition enforcement policies until we can change state law. You can engage your friends and family in the fight to end prohibition, so that when the legislature meets next session, there is no doubt that Texas will legalize.
We’ll be there with you. Join us.