Get Involved: Protecting Our Right to Fair Access Will Take Us All

IrieCBD is a company that is based on values: two of our most dearly held ones are community and self-determination when it comes to health. We assert that everyone has a right to choose the health options that feel right to them, and in our current political environment, it is going to take a community to protect that right.

We believe in the healing power of plants, and want to continue to provide our full spectrum, hemp based CBD extract to everyone who may need or want it. Emerging scientific research is continually showing more and more potential benefits associated with CBD, and at the same time the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating a reckless agenda of cracking down on access to medical marijuana, restricting legal hemp farming in the US, and promising to stop access to CBD products nationwide. The rhetoric of fear around this attack requires a strong response. We are asking our incredible community to rally and speak out in support of common sense cannabis laws. We will continue to be an advocate for our customers, our earth, and our right to natural health. We will continue to create these products, because we believe in them, and we believe in the personal and global health movement cannabinoid based health options represent.

 

We will all need to work together to protect our safe and easy access to cannabis products. We’ve put together this Resource Kit for you, because we need your voice. Here are some great resources to start your activism. It really does take a village.

 

 

Use Your Voice

 

1. Call Your Reps

The number one way to have your voice heard surrounding new and proposed legislation is to call your representatives. Calls are counted by representative’s staffers and have much greater weight than letters, emails or a signature on a petition. Call your representatives and tell them you support legalization and full de-criminalization for hemp and cannabis products. If you have your own story of how CBD has helped you, share this. Personal stories are often passed on by staffers to lobbyists and reps. Need an easy way to find contact information for your representatives? Quickly search by zip code on whoismyrepresentative.com

 

2. Be the Change.

Leafly’s guide How to Change A State Cannabis Law is a great introduction in the legislative process. Read the article for inspiration and a step by step guide. You actually have the power to change laws.

 

3. Stay Up to Date.

This Newsweek article outlines the most recent developments surrounding Jeff Sessions’ agenda on cracking down on all hemp and medical marijuana access.

 

4. Visit the ASA Action Center

Americans for Safe Access is one of the leading advocates for advancing medical marijuana research and therapeutics. Their Action Center has a constantly updated list of important pending regulations and what you can do immediately to support increased and fair access. They directly link to talking points and clearly outline what is the most effective action for concerned citizens to take.

5. Know the Proposed Legislation

The National Cannabis Industry Association keeps an updated list of proposed legislation they consider to be a high priority. Their site also lists all senators supporting the outlined bills, making it easy for you to know who to call and what each bill contains.

 

6. De-Stigmatize CBD

A huge obstacle facing the general acceptance of CBD products is misinformation and culture stigma based on lack of knowledge. Help de-stigmatize CBD by sharing this video that explains what CBD is in 60 seconds. When people understand how cannabinoids work and what they can do for our Endocannabinoid System, they tend to overwhelmingly support fair and legal access CBD and hemp based products.

 

7. Use a Lobbying Cheat Sheet

Steal these simple but powerful talking points from Love CBD’s Activism page. Use this Cheat Sheet as a way to break the ice and power through your nerves when contacting your elected officials.

Congressional Lobbying Cheat Sheet

General Talking Points:

  • The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.
  • The criminalization of marijuana is a disproportionate public policy response to behavior that is, at worst, a public health matter, but not a criminal justice concern.
  • Responsible marijuana consumers should not face arrest, potential incarceration, a criminal record, and the stigma associated with it, for using a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol as well as most conventional medications.

8. Make it NORML

Join the NORML movement. They’ve been at it the longest, and have a huge community and extremely well organized activist community. Their main ACT homepage lists time sensitive and priority actions that need your voice NOW. Donate to their cause, or if you have legal expertise, consider volunteering.

 

9. Have some Talking Points

This call to action from OMofMedicine.org has great explanations of legislative proposals, and each is followed with a formulated response or talking point.

 

 

10. Work for Racial Justice

Get involved or offer support to the Minority Cannabis Business Association. Communities of Color are disproportionately affected by the type of War on Drugs policies being pushed by Sessions, and the over criminalizing of the cannabis plant has become a key part of the mass incarceration of people of color. The MCBA’s vision is that “The cannabis industry will maximize its unique potential to serve as an economic accelerator and creator of opportunity, and improve critical social and health measures of all communities.” They have formulated model bills and provide support to minority entrepreneurs, business owners, patients and consumers in the industry.

 

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