- 04 August 2012
We are making huge inroads in the acceptance of medical cannabis in the general public, over 80%, and we are over 50% for full legalization according to the polls (Gallop Poll on Marijuana). We have about 1/3 the states with medical cannabis laws, some for up to 15 years. We need to continue that trend.
To do so, in my opinion, we need to continue the efforts made by many in this field.
- We need to play by the rules when we have state cannabis laws. Every time we push the envelope and over shoot, we get a black eye in public opinion.
- We need to promote the attitude that it is 'no big deal' a city council debate on medical marijuana should someday be viewed with the same public interest as a discussion of a drain commission report- routine business about a routine subject- not a controversy.
- We need to educate physicians about what cannabis can and cannot do, and encourage them to use it in their primary care practices in place of narcotics and other harmful drugs. Physicians exposed to cannabis certification clinics, talking to patients, express shock at the amount of reduction in narcotics the patients and their MAP reports show. This is a key point to speak to doctors about.
- When it comes to rallies and protests, we need to be aware of the PR value, even to the point of having PR people help us develop unified messages so that the signs all talk about the same subject, dress codes, etc so that we really put our best face on our audience- the general public and news media. These are the people that influence the Reps/Senators more so than a group of people on the steps. We need to acknowledge and support the various lobbying organizations that are working for our cause for their behind the scenes work.
- Above all, we need to give those that oppose us the time they clearly need, in the face of building support for our point of view, to change their mindsets about what cannabis is or is not. 4 generations of 'pot busts' are not overturned by 3 years of a 'get out of jail free' card here. Especially when there are those very visible cases of the FEW that are abusing the law, while the VAST MAJORITY of those participating in the program are doing so for the right reasons, with the right qualifications. Greed in marketing by those with little investment in the health of the law and the community, those out to make a quick buck by making the least amount of effort to barely make the minimum standards of law and ethics to 'pass' by until they are shut down.
I'm not going to dwell on this, but I think it is a very common sense approach. I guess the best way to evaluate any course of action in this community is to first ask yourself- how does this action improve the standing of medical marijuana in the eyes of the general public, and how can the anti's zero in on it to hurt the community? Conduct yourself in a way to maximize the first and minimize the second.