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 system.

FL CAN Executive Director
, Jodi James, served as legislative liaison during the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions. 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 Initiatives include:

Statewide petition to put protection for patients using cannabis in the state constitution.
Learn more at www.unitedforcare.org

Local groups can coordinate with trained consultants to learn the ins-and-outs of petitioning city councils or county commissions.
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 2011.

This type of activism requires a commitment of time and resources from a dedicated group.
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.