Over 2,500 NORML Supporters Contacted Their Legislators This Week! Did you?

Over the past few weeks, an unprecedented number of you have used NORML’s Capwiz tools to write your legislators in support of pending marijuana law reform in your state. In fact, so far this week more than 2,500 of you have taken the time to e-mail your elected officials! And while this tally is impressive — and your actions are making a political difference — think about this:
Did you know that each time a legislator hears from a constituent, they count it as representing much more than that one person’s opinion? The numbers below illustrate just how much of a difference you can make by sending an e-mail, writing a letter, or placing a call.
one e-mail represents 100 people
one letter represents 500 people
one phone call represents 500 people
one personal visit represents 1000 people
In other words, the 2,500 e-mails (and counting) generated this week represent the public opinion of 250,000! And those 8,500 e-mails generated by NORML supporters in February represent the public opinion of 850,000 Americans!
Is it any wonder that legislators in Montana, New Jersey, Illinois, and Minnesota have all voted in favor marijuana law reform in just the past few days? Politicians in those states heard from you — and they received the message loud and clear. And they have responded!
With this kind of strong showing of support, how could they not have?
Of course, now is hardly the time to rest on our collective laurels. In fact, now is the time to step up our efforts and make our voices heard at an even higher decibel!
If you haven’t written your state elected officials, now is the time to visit NORML’s Action Alert page and do so. If you have already written your state senator and representative, why not pick up the phone today and give them a personal phone call? Or even better, if legislation is currently pending before a Committee in your state, take time out to call the Chairperson of that Committee and urge him or her to support sensible marijuana law reform. Need contact information? You can find it all here.
In the coming days, legislators in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Montana will hold hearings and/or votes on significant marijuana reform measures. On Tuesday, March 10, members of the Montana House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony in favor of House Bill 541, which seeks to reduce marijuana possession penalties to a $100 fine! Want to see this proposal become law? Then consider sending and e-mail or getting on the phone.
In the fifteen years I’ve been with NORML, I’ve never witnessed legislators more responsive to enacting common sense pot law reform than right now. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to hear from you.
So keep up the pressure and act now! Changes are on the horizon, and your efforts are helping to make them a reality.

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  1. please, PLEASE, Florida is in dire need! We need tp hit them hard with e mails, phone calls, and letters. Any/all support would be much appreciated!

  2. I contacted Rep. Johnny Bell, our district’s state legislator about the marijuana bill currently here in Kentucky about my opposition, and he agrees that it is an abomination to sober cannabis consumers who are driving! He will vote down any legislation targeting responsible cannabis consumers.
    Thank you Rep. Johnny Bell!

  3. Norml should integrate with the USPS email-2-post (Click2mail) program. Preset a designated letter, and we fill-out the sender info, which would be inserted into the actual letter also. (Create a list of replacement words and phrases, which would be used to randomly generate a letter with the same or similar content.)
    For a small fee, the letter would be sent, with a portion of the fee kept as a donation. (You might be able to get the bulk rate applied.)
    The letter would be from NORML, but the letter content would indicate the users information. (That would be a requirement, as well as a statement acceptance of, “I am from the state of _____ , and I am of legal voting age.”) A quick check of the letter, before it is sent, would be needed, but worth the effort towards the cause.
    You could also make a, “Print this letter”, option. On the location of the e-mail letter, which we could mail, to the printed address. (Using the same auto-fill form, and random letter generator.)
    Hire me, I have time. LOL.

  4. Quick question about the auto generated forms…if I submit it would I get letters in the mail from the representatives that the letters are sent to? Are these reply letters specific as far as what the content was or are they generic?

  5. It will happen. We will not stop this fight. CBS News just aired a small piece, and he’s asking for your opinions on medical marijuana. (doc@cbsnews.com)
    I too am noticing a large amount of my friends who never smoked, and were slightly against it, are now more open to this debate.
    We will win this fight. It’s a fight of humanity and compassion, and that beats fear of the old administration. I don’t want to sound too political, but CHANGE IS HAPPENING.

  6. Let’s keep the pressure up people! Now is the time to convince all your like-minded friends and family members to take the time out of their days to just send an email, mail a letter or phone a call to their representatives.

  7. Truthfully this goes beyond marijuana to the fabric of the governing dynamics of America. We can no longer stand idle on the sidelines while American people are being punished senselessly for marijuana. Prohibition of a plant or its fruit? If this is allowed to continue to be policy, we continue to tell them its OK to tell us how we are allowed to live our lives. Is that not prohibition of Freedom itself.

  8. I emailed my State Senator, James Sullivan, 5th Wisconsin District. He replied in less than 24 hours. I made my thoughts/beliefs known to him and he asked that I forward him my home address and phone number. He wants to speak further about this matter. Unfortunately, there’s nothing being planned in Wisconsin…..at least that I’m aware of. I’ve gone from Recreational use of Cannabis, to using it almost exclusively for Medicinal purposes. Let’s go Wisconsin!!! I don’t want to move, but it’s getting a bit easier with the states around us implementing common sense. Peace & Pot!
    Jeff Peterson

  9. Well, I have thought that change would have happened long ago however things have gotten slightly better. I hope that this time the “change” makes a big difference…

  10. I’ve been article and blog hunting this week for California politicians who oppose California’s A.B. 390. I’ve learned that SF mayor Gavin Newsom firmly opposes the legalization and taxation of marijuana. In the passed he was a pro medical cannabis supporter but now that he‘s eyeing the Governor spot apparently he‘s modified his attitude to suit what he believes his constituents desire from him. here’s his website http://www.gavinnewsom.com/home Please let him know how important A.B. 390 will be for California.

  11. Keep it up this is awesome! Many hands make light work!! I’d like to see NORML put up a ticker to see how many visitors actually use this website. There are more of us who believe in this issue than we think! Perhaps a ticker could be a way to see how many people are actually considering these issues. I believe marijuana is going to play a huge part in the future of humanity, and the sooner we get there, the better….. in my opinion

  12. everyone who comes on normly regularly thats from new mexico please, write to the senator, to decrimlize weed,

  13. Agent:
    If you are talking about the e-mail system they use here, it is generic, blockable, easily detected, and easily rejected, and easily identified as “Another NORML e-mail”…
    The setup I was proposing, would be nearly unique online-forms, which the post-office actually prints, and mails, as if you typed it, and mailed it. However, the letters would all come from the NORML account at the post-office, showing on the envelope as a letter from NORML, or a generic postal ID.
    The actual letter contents would be what was generated, after you select the “Points of concern”, which could also include a, “Please reply to…”
    (As opposed to a full user typed letter, which NORML would have to read and review… the generic letter would not need reading, as you simply select what you want to convey.)
    EG…
    Dear Governor John Doe,
    My name is {F-NAME} {L-NAME}, and I have strong concerns with {ISSUE-1}, {ISSUE-7}, and {ISSUE-9}. My {concern} has {reached} a social {limit}, one that I can no-longer be silent about.
    ALTERNATE:
    My {uneasiness} has {come to} a social {extent}, one that I can no-longer be silent about.
    ALTERNATE:
    My {distress} has {reached} a social {boundary}, one that I can no-longer be silent about.
    Replace any of those words, with the similar words, and the letter reads the same. Call it, “Poetic Justice”.
    Only the topics that you selected, would be mentioned. If you don’t approve of the final outcome, try it again, and again, and again… Or just don’t send it.
    (You could always still print it, and send it on your own, adding whatever you wanted into the letter, to extend upon it.)

  14. I contacted my State Senator, James Sullivan, 5th District of Wisconsin, via email on Sunday, 3/01/09. He responded in less than 24 hours asking for my home address and phone # so that he can speak to me further about Medical Marijuana in Wisconsin. I personally, am unaware of any pending bills concerning the legalization of marijuana, nor making exceptions for patients who could benefit from the Medical use. Wisconsin needs to wake up quickly or I will be moving to another state. And I won’t have to move too far. Michigan, Illinois….Come on Wisconsin!!!!!!!

  15. i contacted senator durbin ( illinois) last week. have not heard a response yet. everybody who wants the marijuana laws in this country changed must let their voices be heard.its time to stop the useless bloodshed and incarceration over a plant that shuld have been legalized years ago! lets make legalizaion a reality so we can all enjoy the greatest joint of our lives!! its time so to speak to get off the pot.let the millions of us tokers unite as one voice to repeal prohibition that has failed for far too long!

  16. i contacted senator durbin ( illinois) last week. have not heard a response yet. everybody who wants the marijuana laws in this country changed must let their voices be heard.its time to stop the useless bloodshed and incarceration over a plant that should have been legalized years ago! lets make legalizaion a reality so we can all enjoy the greatest joint of our lives!! its time so to speak to get off the pot.let the millions of us tokers unite as one voice to repeal prohibition that has failed for far too long!

  17. I am from New York state and I called my legislator last week about a pending medical marijuana bill. They thanked me for my concern about the issues…
    I can almost hear the Fat Lady beginning to sing!!!
    Smoking Lamp almost lit…in standby at the moment…
    Puff…Puff…

  18. My Tennessee senator replied and said he was reluctant to vote for any medical marijuana bill as the Tennessee Medical Association recommends against medical marijuana.
    So I’m contacting the medical association and asking for an explanation. I don’t know what else to do; as the senator explained, “They’re doctors and I’m not, so I’m doing what they say.”

  19. My state governor (FL) responded to my email with a letter stating that he was going to send my plea up the ladder and let his boss know of my concerns. At least that’s better than the emails I’ve received in the past simply stating that the recipient does not believe in the legalization of marijuana. Something got to change if we keep it up people, never loose hope!

  20. If you need my support convincing a political representative from California to vote yes on A.B. 390 let me know. Not working gives me plenty of time and opportunity to dialog with these folks using email, blogs, contacting newspaper editors, and chat rooms if necessary. Recently I realized that SF Mayor Gavin Newsom is adamantly opposed to ending prohibition of cannabis in California, consequently he’s was my focus last week. If you know of a California representative who will not support A.B. 390, please send me an email. I will do research and I promise you they will know what their constituents expect from them. I will start posting new results of my efforts each week to convince these uninformed politicians that it’s time for change.

  21. Sorry my last comment did not have the right url to email me: http://www.cleancannabis.org
    If you need my support convincing a political representative from California to vote yes on A.B. 390 let me know. Not working gives me plenty of time and opportunity to dialog with these folks using email, blogs, contacting newspaper editors, and chat rooms if necessary. Recently I realized that SF Mayor Gavin Newsom is adamantly opposed to ending prohibition of cannabis in California, consequently he’s was my focus last week. If you know of a California representative who will not support A.B. 390, please send me an email. I will do research and I promise you they will know what their constituents expect from them. I will start posting new results of my efforts each week to convince these uninformed politicians that it’s time for change.

  22. Jeff Peterson,
    Re: Wisconsin legislation
    I’ve written back and forth with Kim Hixson, State Representative, 43rd Assembly District in Wisconsin.
    He’s told me there will likely be another bill introduced in the 2009/10 legislation for the legalization of medical marijuana in Wisconsin. I believe it’s being headed up by Gary Storck of Wisconsin NORML. I’m only guessing though, as I think he was the one who introduced the bill in 2007 that never got voted on.
    I sure wish Wisconsin NORML would update their website more often with pertinent info!! It’s almost like a barren wasteland over there.
    So, keep writing and stay in Wisconsin! We can do this. It’s just gonna stay a little bit under the radar until we figure out the name and number of the bill, which I wish I knew already, but don’t yet.

  23. change i can finally believe in.
    any word on reform coming to arizona any time soon?
    i’d like to know

  24. Anonymous Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 11:04 pm
    “Utah needs help”
    Definately, Utah needs help.

  25. Ditto on AZ, it seems we never get anything even remotely like marijuana legislation here…

  26. One grows used to the typical Nazism of society.
    Where beer and alcohol and cigarettes and all its travesty is accepted.
    Yet when one peaceful person tries to use a plant they are punished. Only within any nazi regime, i’m sure it was acceptable to put the jews in the gas chamber because the LAWS on the book said so! does that mean it is right! And for authority to blindly follow because i’m “ENFORCING” the laws or because “THIS IS MY JOB”?
    What the heck? Grow some sense people. We are being
    huddled into a terrible corner here, and if WE DON’T fight
    for what is our RIGHT! we will continue to be huddle in the corner and treated like second citizens. So please fight the good fight is all i ask.

  27. Florida won’t get help until Charles Crist is out of office, and away from the senate seat. (His next conquest is a senate seat.)
    Beyond that, the Alcohol and Tobacco companies seem to rule Florida, as they just convinced Florida to make Salvia an illegal narcotic as a state-level “Schedule I”, drug. (Wiki Salvia, and Charles Crist, and you will see the two other major political figures who seem to like money also.)
    Seriously, it even looks like the alcohol and tobacco industry wrote the law against marijuana and salvia. (The are also responsible for Florida’s marijuana law which is 4x more strict than federal law. Funny, it would be in your favor to demand that the DEA handle your Florida drug charges! Apparently, you can get a less time that way.)
    I find it offensive when a politician, who is hired by us, responds with… “That is not what I believe should be done.” To me, that says, “I don’t care what you think, this is my world, and your not invited, so go away.”
    Wrong answer… It is your job to listen to your people, and give them what they want, need, demand, and suggest, after it has been reviewed unbiasedly, when it is possible. It is not your job to abuse your power, and ignore our desires, because you have determined that you want to have a Norman Rockwell christmas, and you “Believe”, in your propaganda over reality.
    Terms end, and his is over…
    Better to make sure they don’t get a stronger footing, and ensure that the next runner has on a good pair of reality shoes.
    Florida will get there. Because they don’t have the armies to defend themselves against the Mexican drug mobs that are rolling onto the shores. Heck, I am surprised that Disney World has not forced them to make marijuana legal. (Contrary to popular belief, Florida has a very low retired-persons population. The majority of the population here is between the ages of 23-45 years old.)
    Home to the worlds number-one source of, email nigerian letter scams, forex scams, infomercials, marketed religions, marketing scammers, and chain-mailers, and insurance frauds… They all seem to be located in Boca Raton. (Where many politicians come from too! Must be all the UV radiation?)
    Google it!

  28. Will a state count a letter from an out of state citizen or just throw it away, Maby count it as a negative. I have no faith in goverment to be honest in thier silly little war of oppression on a population.

  29. Now is the time to donate to the add fund for TV spots. We need to get the word out to the masses. It’s not even on most peaple’s radar. Make this the one time you do somthing. Then when you see that spot on TV you’ll know you helped do that…

  30. IOWA IOWA IOWA!!!, We need marijuana law reform in the state of IOWA, why are we growing corn and not MARIJUANA?, how much is corn a pound? how much is marijuana a pound?, Iowa law is harsh for personal possesion, and cultivation, AND THE TAX STAMP LAW IS A UNJUST DOUBLE STANDARD!, If you can sway IOWA, alot of other states will follow suit!!!

  31. Sent mine here in TX, We need it too!
    And ticker on each state and people sending letters would be cool…

  32. Florida is at least twenty years behind the rest of the country when it comes to being progressive, things are just the opposite, oppressive.
    I am a native Floridian and I am ashamed at my state laws of lock and key when it comes to cannabis.
    I am a criminal and outlaw in the land I was born for using a sacred medicinal plant, this is blasphemy.
    The prison population here in Florida is 100,000 and the state is looking to the private prison industry complex to help make new accommodations for another income stream.The good ole boy network is the reason for all of this wasteful insanity, greed, and laws. The self indignant,self righteous, greedy hypocrites they are, Florida has even gone to the extremes of creating biological controls for cannabis fortunately they have not panned out, they will destroy other crops as well.The Harry Anslinger of our generation, Bill McCollum, will keep on spending tax dollars to achieve his version of a perfect utopia, the fourth riech.Good Ole Boy Bill will also get the feds involved because Florida is a testing ground.
    Florida is by proxy the federal government.
    They just lay down and beckon to the federal government blackmail as long as the paper fills the states’ coffers.The way I see it until the Federal government has absolute control of cannabis that includes when you take into account the patent issued in 2003 and when they figure out the biological controls, cannabis will remain an outlawed plant and I will continue to be an outlaw.
    The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
    Tacitus

  33. Hey i clicked on the link to contact legislators and representitives but it did not have any link for oklahoma. Help?

  34. i walked away from a good paying factory job 15 yrs ago because of random drug-testing. not before having a 1 hr face-to-face with my senator. a friend of mine in the factory said he would never visit the senator and implicate himself as a user. he was the first fired for a positive thc drug-test. talk about cosmic justice. he still slaves for someone else, im self-employed.few of you people use your real name here.if i say something, ill sign my name to it???

  35. Dear Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director,
    For Tennesseans, voting on our Bills SB 209 & HB 368 should be reconciled by July 2009, as it states in the last portion of the Bill. It’s frustrating that we can’t educate everyone faster.
    Four months to the projected deadline of July. That really puts a rush on education for new people. Other States experience is being monitored very closely by our State Leaders and hopefully they’ll learn from others mistakes and it won’t as ruff a transition for Tennesseans.
    THANKS FOR MAKING IT EASY FOR US TO BE AFFECTIVE ACTIVIST IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

  36. I wrote my representatives and let them know that I want them to support harsher penalties for all drug use (including marijuana). Thanks.

  37. Hitler first began to develop his views through observations he made while living in Vienna from 1907 to 1913. He concluded that a racial, religious, and cultural hierarchy existed, and he placed “Aryans” at the top as the ultimate superior race, while Jews and “Gypsies” were people at the bottom. He vaguely examined and questioned the policies of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where as a citizen by birth, he had lived during the Empire’s last throes. He believed that its ethnic and linguistic diversity had weakened the Empire and helped to create dissent. Furthermore, he saw democracy as a destabilizing force because it placed power in the hands of, amongst others, ethnic minorities who he claimed, “weakened and destabilized” the Empire by dividing it against itself.

    Sound familiar? does to me…

  38. No, I didn’t contact my legislators. As far as I can surmise, there’s absolutely no reason to do so.
    You see, I live in Arizona, and although I proudly voted for the Medical Marijuana initiative in 1996 (which passed, but due to flaws in the wording of the proposition, never led to patients getting safe access to Cannabis through their doctors), I am a pragmatic progressive independent landlocked in Republican hell.
    I have two of the biggest jackasses in the United States Senate as my Senators: Jon Kyl and John McCain. Although McCain has displayed some tendencies that might marginally support his ridiculously over-hyped status as a “maverick”, he is first and foremost a Republican loyalist, one of the hypocrites who claim to put their country first, but who actually put their party and their own self-interests first.
    Jon Kyle is even worse. He’s even further right and more of a lockstep Republican Bush-supporter-to-the-bitter-end who never misses an opportunity to blow hard into the microphone spinning all the while, making all his lies actually sound reasonable and plausible to anyone who isn’t paying sufficiently close attention.
    My Congressman, Jeff Flake, is just as diehard a conservative but he has even more of a penchant for railing against “pork” than John McCain, which although it’s reduction or elimination is a worthwhile goal, as the money in question is usually in the range 1% or less of any given spending bill, that makes the pork crusade look like little more than an attempt to make a name for oneself and distract from the larger issues.
    At the state government level it gets even worse. Although there are some decent state representatives, the legislature is dominated by Republicans who are stupefyingly moronic and regularly pass all kinds of unbelievably hair-brained legislation. The one bright spot was our Democratic Governor, Janet Napolitano, who vetoed something in the range of hundreds of awful bills that the cretins poop-scooped onto her desk.
    Now, however, we’ve lost her to President Obama’s administration to the head of the highly questionable and creepily named Department of Homeland Security. Now a really creepy Christian Conservative type has taken the helm of Governor. We’re screwed.
    The point is, I effectively have no representation. I have no heroic Congressman or Senators who I can hold in high esteem (e.g. Russ Feingold) and be proud of, and can contact knowing that my opinion matters in any way.
    So although I’m acutely aware of the problems we face as a nation and would like nothing more than to be part of the solution (full time job, ideally) in bringing about drug laws reform, some degree on Cannabis re-legalization/decriminalization, bringing hemp farming back to the American farmer (as soon as possible), get the paper products industry to shift from tree-based paper to hemp-based paper, and get American grown and produced hemp products to the American consumer in every grocery store in the nation (if you care about deforestation, stop buying tissue products under the names of Kleenex, Puffs, Charmin, Cottonelle, Bounty, Scott, Viva ).
    So what is a constituent with no representation to do?

  39. I support the Pledge of Aliegence being said in school, and I think that it should be LEGAL for the use of marijuana whether for medical or recreational. I have seen the people who are in opposition to legalizing and taxing of pot. They are goody goody people that preach and believe Jesus and God are the way and the light, and bla bla bla, then they say that “fags and gays” shouldnt be allowed in this country and we should not be allowed to be free, by smoking a plant. My point behind this statement is not to down talk christians (even though they are the reason pot is illegal in the first place…cause lord knows i dance with Satan every time i smoke) but to say that maybe, just maybe they should pull their heads out of their butts and see the FACTS not the “BS” about pot. Look at what the facts are for hemp use and what the extracts of pot and hemp plants can do for both the US economy and personal use. All my life I have said that christians are hypocrits and wont ever see past their own demons, so prove me wrong. Stand up and say, hey even though my religion and its beliefs have killed BILLIONS of people in history, maybe I can support something that could give people peace, medical perks, or maybe just a good feeling of life for just a couple hours. Did I mention POT and Hemp have never killed anyone directly.
    Oh, and if you dont believe christianity has killed billions of people, for one your a dumb… look at the salem witch trials, the many wars in the middle east, and also, the biggest (in my opinion) and most meaningful moment in history that ALL americans should remember from history class, we broke away from the English because we were not free and their government was doing what our government is doing…mind, body, and recently, taxation without representation.
    Oh, and did i mention POT and Hemp have never killed anyone directly.

  40. Jim, it warms my heart to know that people like you are a dying breed.
    It also warms my heart to know that if you get your way, and I get sent to prison for smoking a joint, your tax dollars will be paying for my food and lodging.
    Seriously, educate yourself.

  41. Luckily for us Jim, the majority of states aren’t even looking at increasing the penalties, just the opposite in fact. So thank you for wasting your time!

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