In 2012, Colorado became the first state to vote for the legalization of recreational cannabis; a trend that has now spread throughout the entire country. Marijuana is now legal in some form in 31 states, with nine states and D.C. working towards the legalization of recreational use. Each year, more states consider legalization, passing laws that allow for recreational and/or medical use of cannabis. One of the reasons for these wins is the work of different organizations that educate the public and work with elected officials. Consider supporting one or more of the following groups to encourage the legalization of cannabis in the remaining states throughout the nation.
NORML: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
The mission of NORML is to advocate for high-quality cannabis by focusing their efforts on educating the public on the benefits of marijuana legalization. NORML believes in responsible use as well as making marijuana affordable, convenient, and safe. Some of the areas they focus on include:
- Tax benefits of legalization
- Public advertising
- Marijuana policy and research
- Legal assistance for victims of current laws
- Elimination of criminal and civil penalties
- Medical, personal and industrial use of cannabis
You can support NORML through tax-deductible gifts, purchasing from their store, becoming a member, or joining the legal community.
ICRS: International Cannabinoid Research Society
As a scientific association, the >International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) has members all over the world. This organization is non-political and focuses its actions on cannabis research related to the physiological, chemical, and biochemical fields. Its mission is to provide impartial information around numerous topics including abuse potential, therapeutic uses, social and behavioral effects, pharmacology, and toxicology.
There are a variety of ways you can donate to ICRS. Along with tax-deductible contributions, the organization accepts Bitcoin donations, with a portion of your Amazon purchases going towards them when purchasing through the AmazonSmile Foundation.
MAPS: Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
MAPS is an organization focused on education and research of psychedelics and marijuana. Its vision is to create a world where cannabis is used beneficially and is available both legally and safely. The organization focuses on developing beneficial contexts in legal, medical, and cultural areas. Their work includes:
- Supporting scientific research for benefits and risks of cannabis use
- Public education about marijuana
- Turning marijuana into prescription medication
Support for MAPS can be shown in a number of ways. These include volunteering, hosting a fundraising dinner, participating in research studies, and donating money or cryptocurrency.
MMP: Marijuana Policy Project
The Marijuana Policy Project has a mission to regulate cannabis throughout the nation and take federal interference out of states' marijuana policies. MPP is the largest group whose singular focus is on legalizing marijuana. It has been highly involved with changing laws in the majority of states that have legalized cannabis, and it continues to lobby for other states. Along with working to end the prohibition of marijuana in all states, MPP also has a foundation focused on education. The missions of MPP are to:
- Educate in a realistic and honest way
- Increase public support for, and identify supporters of, marijuana policies
- Gain congressional influence
- Change laws to get rid of penalties related to marijuana use of all kinds
If you would like to support MPP, you can donate to either the legislative or educational efforts. You can also help by spreading the organization's message.
DPA: Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance strives to implement policies that get rid of marijuana prohibition and reduce drug-use harm. DPA works towards this by using compassion, science, human rights, and health issues to work on regulating marijuana and eliminating punishment for its use. To support DPA, you can contact lawmakers, shop at their store, donate stock, or give to the organization monetarily.
How You Can Help
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