Florida Cannabis Action Network
PO Box 360653 ~ Melbourne, FL 32936
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 cosequences of
cannabis prohibition and to raise funds to promote these civic purposes.
After you send your lawmaker one of our pre-written, editable e-mails, consider taking
the time to send a typed or hand-written letter to your lawmaker.
Lawmakers do respond to their constituents. Lawmakers report they give different
weight or value to different types of contacts. The pre-written e-mail is the least
effective, that is why we encourage you to edit our e-mails - customize them with your
own words. Mailed contact letters are far more important. Making a phone call to a
lawmaker, during a day of action, helps get the message to lawmakers that many
people care about the issue. The best way to influence your lawmakers is with person
contact. Here are step-by-step instructions to setting up a successful meeting with
If you want to write a handwritten - or typed depending on your handwritting, here are
some things to know.
A letter to your lawmaker is next most effective and the most common form of
communication. Writing letters help to create a paper trail. Most letters are noted and
answered by legislators or their staff. The amount of mail received by a legislator
("mail count") sometimes helps to determine his or her approach to an issue. Here
are some tips to get you started.
" Be clear and concise. The purpose for writing the letter should be stated in the first
paragraph. If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it
" Be specific. Ask for action. Tell your legislator exactly what action you want them to
take and give the reasons for your position. Do not hesitate to cite your own
experiences or how the proposed legislation will directly impact you. If you are an
expert in a particular field (i.e. a doctor, lawyer, patient, etc.) mentioning that can help
to build credibility.
" Include supplemental information. Enclosed with the letter you can include related
editorials, news articles, research studies, letters to the editor, or other supplemental
materials that support your position or generally relate to the issue you are
" One issue at a time. Address only one issue in each letter, and, if possible, keep the
letter to one page. Also, thank your legislator in advance for the consideration s/he
will give to the issue.
It is customary to use the title "Honorable" in dealing with elected officials.
"Dear Honorable Representative......." (fill iin the blank)
Writing Your Legislator