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Florida Cannabis Action Network
PO Box 360653 ~ Melbourne, FL 32936
ph 321-253-3673
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.
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 your representative.

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 accordingly.

" 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 concerned with.

" 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.

Addressing Correspondence
It is customary to use the title "Honorable" in dealing with elected officials.

"Dear Honorable Representative......." (fill iin the blank)
Writing Your Legislator