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 consequences
of cannabis prohibition and to raise funds to promote these civic purposes.
If you are ready to talk to your representative here are some
basics you should know......
A Guide for Medical Cannabis Activists
It is natural to feel intimidated about contacting your elected officials. But the
strength and power politicians have is derived directly from their constituents.
Legislators are elected to represent your views, and they appreciate hearing from
Medical marijuana is just one of many issues your legislator is concerned with at
any given time. Make certain that the information you are providing is direct and
accurate. Never lie or provide inaccurate information. If you don't know something,
be honest about it. You can always locate the correct information after the meeting
and use that as an excuse to follow up in the future.
In most cases, you will have a limited amount of time to make your pitch. Keep it
short, and keep it simple! It is extremely difficult to relay ten pieces of information
in three minutes. It is even more difficult to comprehend ten pieces of information
in three minutes. Thus, it is vital that advocates think carefully about two or three
main talking points they hope to communicate - and stick to these points
throughout your advocacy.
Whether you agree or disagree with your legislator it is important that you maintain
some level of respect. Your goal as an advocate is to create a safe space for your
legislator so that tough choices can be made with confidence. It is important that
you go out of your way to be a positive resource for your legislator. Be punctual
Do's & Don'ts
Don't lie or exaggerate. Don't argue or raise your voice. Don't be rude or
Do Follow-Up. Be proactive and responsive. Follow up your meeting with a
thank-you letter that outlines the various topics covered during the meeting,
reiterates any commitments your legislator made, and includes any additional
information or materials requested during the meeting. Also, you should use this
opportunity to accurately communicate any information you didn't readily have
available or didn't know during the course of your meeting.
These tips were created by American's for Safe Access
with assistance from the Cannabis Action Network
The ABCs of Citizen Advocacy