Grass Roots Activism
There are many forms of activism. You can tell your friends, family and co-workers about what you believe, you can donate time or money to a campaign, you can even opine on any subject and share it with people all over the world on the internet.
In the video below you get to see one of the most basic, ground-level forms of activism there is: signature gathering. If there is something on your state ballot you support, it likely got there through signature gathering. It’s a mechanism whereby state officials know a lot of people want a chance to vote on something; it’s one of the pillars of our form of government.
In the video below Mike Cann and friends gather signatures for marijuana legalization in Massachusetts and to get Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson on the statewide ballot. If you’re good at interacting with the public and are looking for ways to get active in the marijuana law reform, search the internet for any local measures that are in the signature gathering phase. If there are none, see how you go about starting a ballot issue of your own.
The World Wide Web is full of great information for getting more active in your favorite issues, just find what you’re the most passionate about.
Governors Veto of Medical Marijuana in New Hampshire Stands
Although a medical marijuana bill in New Hampshire passed an overwhelming vote in the state House and had enough votes to pass the state Senate before going on to the state’s Democrat Governor, it will not be a reality in New Hampshire this year.
SB 409 was recently vetoed by NH Governor John Lynch, and although there were enough votes to override the veto in the House, the Senate came up three votes short of making medical marijuana legal for certain ailments in the state.
Things were going to be even closer, but according to The Marijuana Policy Project, two Democratic Senators, Lou D’Allesandro and Sylvia Larsen, reversed their prior “yes” votes and backed their Governor by voting “no.”
This year’s events are essentially a replay of what happened in 2009, when Governor Lynch vetoed a medical marijuana bill and the Senate came up a few votes short of overriding him.
But things may be looking up in NH as Governor Lynch has served four terms as is not seeking reelection in 2012. You have to think that a new Governor in New Hampshire will see the writing on the wall and will support and sign a solid medical marijuana bill.
There are many people in every state that deserve to be able to legally choose between cannabis and dangerous and addictive prescription drugs. And hopefully New Hampshire will soon join other medical marijuana states in New England like Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Medical marijuana is very popular around the country, and there is only one reason more states don’t have patient protections yet. It’s because those who favor medical cannabis don’t speak up enough. Let your representatives know that you support medical marijuana, and that your vote for them depends on how well they represent you.
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