Strategies for Sensible Cannabis Policies
Legislative Education Program
As we raise the level of public awareness to the
harms of prohibition and the value of cannabis
hemp, we invite our supporters to educate their
lawmakers through our click-and-send e-mail
FL CAN Executive Director, Jodi James, served
as legislative liaison during the 2012 legislative
session. She documented her experience
educating lawmakers about the medical
cannabis bill on our blog, After Thoughts.
This program relies on our online
community of supporters taking action to
send letters to their lawmakers, cross post
on their social networking and encourage
their friends to get involved!
Bridges to Reform
Implementing sensible cannabis policies
means working closely with state and local
officials to structure new policies.
Our Voter's Guide identified members of the
legislature and elected officials attitudes
towards sensible cannabis policies.
The "Name Em or Shame Em" Campaign
gets out the vote for candidates that support
our policies and publically protests elected
officials who still think being tough on crime
means putting cannabis patients on trial or
cannabis consumers in jail.
As this program moves forward
volunteers are needed to continue
contacting elected officials and candidates
then recording their responses; people
willing to sign wave at a protest or rally;
researchers and local Ambassadors.
The purpose of FL CAN is to generate public support for sensible cannabis policies and
to assist in the implementation thereof; to provide a forum for the public to speak out on
this issue of national social concern; to educate the public regarding the consequences of
cannabis prohibition and to raise funds to promote these civic purposes.
Florida Cannabis Action Network:
A Force on the Move
Other Programs to Follow:
Citizens Initiatives also known as voter
petitions are an important part of the strategy
for sensible cannabis policies. Florida
Statewide petition to put protection for patients
using cannabis in the state constitution.
Learn more at www.PUFMM.org
Local groups can coordinate with trained
consultants to learn the ins-and-outs of
petitioning city councils or county
Find out more at www.sensibleflorida.com
Resolutions of Support
Lawmakers need to know an issue has
widespread support before they will get on
board. Resolutions of Support are important
statements passed by membership associations
and governoring bodies.
This program is dependant upon having a
constituency within the targeted community. The
City of South Miami passed a resolution in
November of 2010 and the Florida Democratic
Women's Club passed a resolution of support in
This type of activism requires a commitment
of time and resources from a dedicated
Public Education Programs
As part of our public education program, FL
CAN has developed a series of harm
reducation brochures, a guide for patients
interested in preparing a medical necessity
defense and informative websites on the many
benefits of ending cannabis prohibition.
For the next phase of our program, we are
recruiting and training speakers to deliver a
unified message to groups around the state.
This program needs volunteer public
speakers and volunteers willing to contact
clubs to book our Ambassadors.