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Join the Congressional Cannabis Caucus... (A letter that we can send to our Senators)

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Use the pre-written letter, from NORML, to urge your members of Congress to join the Cannabis Caucus. Please feel free to make any edits you see fit, as personal stories are better received than form letters.

Here's the letter template from NORML, for you to send to your Senators...

I am writing to you today as your constituent to urge you to join the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. 

Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation's nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition. The continued criminalization of adult marijuana use is out-of-step with the views of adults throughout America, 93% of whom endorse medical marijuana (Quinnipiac, 2017) and 68 percent of whom now endorse the outright legalization of recreational cannabis (Gallup, 2020). 

The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant's medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. With the majority of US states now having embraced marijuana law reforms, it is now time for Congress to amend federal law in a manner that comports with the plant’s rapidly changing cultural and legal status.

Co-Chaired by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Young (R-AK), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Dave Joyce (R-OH), the Cannabis Caucus was formed to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform at the federal level and to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws. 

In all, fifteen states have enacted laws regulating cannabis for adult use and over three dozen states and territories have enacted comprehensive medical cannabis laws. In total, 47 US states have adopted laws rolling back cannabis prohibition at the state level, representing 95% of the U.S. House of Representatives and 94% of the Senate. 

I urge you to join the Cannabis Caucus so that you and your staff may collaborate with those leaders who are working to amend these federal policies and to respect the rights of voters who have elected to pursue regulatory alternatives to criminal prohibition.


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