Someone is out there on the front lines fighting for national legalization and cannabis education, and let’s face it, it’s not you and me. So who is it? Here are some of the pro-cannabis groups working their tails off to get cannabis access for everyone.
NORML: According to their mission statement, “NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high-quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.”
NORML is highly involved in government legislation and cannabis prosecution. They lobby for better cannabis laws and make available expert witnesses for congressional testimony and for clients with cannabis-related criminal charges. They’re also established as a resource for the media. Visit their website for all kinds of information including a 50-state tracking system.
Marijuana Policy Project: Completely reliant on donations, this organization lobbies for cannabis reform and decriminalization. You can visit their website for a list of accomplishments in changing laws. They work at both the national and state levels.
Americans for Safe Access: The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. This group really focuses on the medical aspect of cannabis legalization. They’re working to make sure patients are informed about cannabis as a treatment option, have access to safe, pesticide-free cannabis and that their cannabis is covered by insurance.
Marijuana Majority: This group works to change public opinion about cannabis reform and seeks to show that pro-legalization is a mainstream opinion, not the minority. They provide resources for individuals to contact celebrities, opinion leaders, and government officials to encourage them to vocalize support on this important issue.
Veterans Cannabis Group: Veterans Cannabis Group is an advocacy group of Veterans for Veterans who use medical cannabis. They provide education, safe access, information on VA resources and benefits, and an opportunity for veterans to work with other veterans within the cannabis industry. This group is important as they address the tremendous problem of Veteran suicide and see cannabis as way to treat the symptoms that drives people to take their own lives.