The World Cries Out for Change

 

A quick search at Change.org reveals nearly 400 petitions concerning cannabis. While many are old and have been closed, new petitions are posted every day.

They originate from all over the globe, including places you wouldn’t expect; Guam, Malta, Gibraltar, Nepal, the Netherlands, and others, as well as more familiar sources such as the United States, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand. They involve everything from calls for decriminalization and legalization efforts, freedom for drug war P.O.W.s, to pleas to remove barriers to research and cultivation for medical and economic reasons.

Whether or not these petitions in and of themselves can change the world, it is important that our voices join the world-wide outcry in calling for a Prohibition-free tomorrow. This snowball is racing downhill, gaining momentum, traction and weight and will not be ignored forever.

Petition for removing legal obstructions to medical cannabis research. 15, 2616 signatures so far.

Protesting the University of Arizona’s removal and refusal to reinstate former faculty member and researcher Dr. Suzanne Sisley as she was preparing a proposal for federally approved research into treating post traumatic stress with medical cannabis. 11,658 signatures

Lobby Now for Medical Cannabis

A!mericans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization is holding its annual California Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May 23, in Sacramento. Join more than 300 patients, advocates, providers, industry workers in the state's largest medical cannabis lobby day to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and regulators about patients' rights, taxation, and commercial regulation.There are ways to get involved online, but if you are looking for a more exciting, participatory experience, consider signing up for ASA’s Lobby Day!

Speakers include:

Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation
An-Chi Tsou, Senior Policy Advisor at the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation
Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access
Don Duncan, California Director of Americans for Safe Access

It’s important for us to talk to our representatives about these bills. Otherwise, they will only hear from medical cannabis opponents, law enforcement, and others who do not have our interests in mind.

More information here.

Begun in 2002 by Executive Director Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) was the foundation of a powerful grassroots movement dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research. ASA soon launched the CA Campaign for Safe Access to begin implementing Proposition 211, the 1996 Voter Initiative which legalized medical cannabis, and created the Patient Rights Project the same year. Since then it has become a national organization, and has a long list of notable accomplishments in the furtherance of medical marijuana which you can read about here.