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Education Is Vital To The Marijuana Movement

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brian legalize marijuanaKnow Your Marijuana Facts And Spread Them As Far As You Can

One of my favorite things is talking to people about marijuana reform that don’t know much about the topic. I have found time after time that if people are presented with the facts about marijuana in a constructive way, they will support reform. It’s like playing wiffle ball. That’s not a testament to my persuasion skills; it’s a reflection on how horrible America’s current marijuana policies are.

I talk to seniors about medical marijuana any chance I get. Seniors suffer from all kinds of ailments that are usually treated with an array of harmful pharmaceuticals. To quote Robert ‘the Tuna’ Platshorn, “as an aging senior, my doctor wants me to take six medications to try to treat all my ailments, and then another six drugs to combat the side effects of the first six drugs they want to prescribe me. I told them I can clean out half of my medicine cabinet by just using cannabis, which is safer, cheaper, and works ten times better.”

Americans have been told that marijuana is bad for so many decades, that it’s ingrained in the sub-conscience of many citizens. Many of them don’t even know why they are against marijuana, they just know that they are. I ask everyone of these types of people for facts to support their opposition to marijuana reform, and 99% of the time they have nothing to offer. The other 1% of the time it’s someone that hates marijuana so much, that the ‘facts’ they present are so full of subjectivity that I don’t even waste my time. I hear their spiel, and move on to a conversation that is more constructive and worthwhile with someone that is more open minded. I have yet to hear a compelling case against marijuana reform that is based on facts and reality.

To those people that I talk to that don’t have any facts to present against marijuana reform, I have experienced an overwhelming success rate in changing their minds. All I do is spout out the facts that I have memorized, and I let the truth speak for itself. Some people require more facts (and sometimes citations) than others, but at the end of the conversation, it almost always ends with them saying, ‘If I knew this information before, I would have supported marijuana reform sooner.’

So I encourage all marijuana activists to get educated! Learn state laws, federal laws, case law, science, research, poll results, etc. The more information you know, the more information you can spread to the world. If people hear the facts, they will be convinced it’s time to end marijuana prohibition; it’s literally that simple. There are countless Americans that support marijuana reform already. If every one of us made it a daily goal to talk to one new person about marijuana facts, how many days would it take to reach every voter in the country?

When you look at it in those terms, it seems really easy. We could cut that time in half if we all talked to two people a day. If we could convince people to not only vote for marijuana reform, but to talk to one or two people a day themselves, we could spread the information to voters exponentially. But realize, we want to have good information going out to people, so GET EDUCATED! If you need help looking for good places to get started, send me an e-mail and I’ll gladly reply with links.

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  • I am working on my final a 2-3 min. pathos speech (persuasive) for my speech class and would love to do it on medical marijuana, this would be perfect to educate the masses on medical marijuana and to show them its not just to get “high”. Any pointers and info. you can send me to persuade them and convince them to support the medical marijuana movement.

  • smartdoc

    This is why I wrote “Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease” so that people can have a concise, accurate, justified guide to understanding how using cannabis improves human health.  

  • Mikewm15

    Well it is refreshing to see someone else gets it as well. Here in Oklahoma we get ZERO attention from anyone on the issue of marijuana reform but guess what we have the grass root movement firmly in place and are now getting national attention from democrats in Washington DC. The little state that could may very well be Oklahoma just due to networking exactly like this article is talking about. Keep it up Oklahoma we may be the linchpin in the bible belt.

  • I just checked out the sight thanks for posting adgenda for donation cost. This is exactly what needs to be done.  Education plant the seed water it a little and watch it grow.  I saw the bus @ the Deep Green Fest.  Will following your journey.  Sound Fun.

  • Cleopatra72

    Please send me an email with some facts, thanks
    cleopatra72@live.com

    Cleo

  • Diane,

    We are working toward getting the CCHHI2012 initiative on the ballot in 2014 still. I know a lot of people have given up, but we have till mid June and are going to get it done. A band of us are traveling colleges up and down California for the next 60 – 80 days to promote research and bring eduction about Cannabis Hemp, as well as raise awareness and gather signature for, the CCHHI. Please tell all your friends tomorrow is the last day to act in this campaign to get us to Southern California for the Million Marijuana March. http://www.indiegogo.com/prohibitiontour

  • Thank you so much for starting such an important discussion! I’m working with an organization that aims to promote research and eduction in areas often left ‘unturned.’ We believe the best way to do this is combining the old with the new! We are going grassroots and talking to the people, hosting educational seminars, showing films, collecting and promoting research in areas where Cannabis Hemp may be beneficial. We are bringing relevant information, presented in an educational format that is engaging and energizing to America’s youth. We are working on a California college campus tour now and plan to take it nationwide next fall. We are going to the 20 largest universities in California in the next 60-80 days with stops all over in between. Get on Board!! Help us educate! http://www.indiegogo.com/prohibitiontour

  • Patsy

    Send me your list please. My email is patsystarr1@gmail.com. I know some already but the more I know the more likely I am to change somebodys mind.

  • Vaporizers

    For those people who asked for an email containing  specific facts that you can  share with others, I’ll I’ll compile a list if fact and email it to you, however it may be Wednesday evening   before I can do so. If time permits I’ll sent it tomorrow but if not, I’;ll send it  Wednesday for sure.

  • Corenchidori

    I’d like an email of info and where you got it from like specifics to tell people. corenchidori@Hotmail.com
    9137858770

  • OMG!!  Sound like my story :)  I truely believe that education in telling the “Truth” about Cannabis & Hemp.  Free the Cannabis & Hemp!  CCHHI2012.org & jackherer.com. 
    If the mmj community wants to change the minds we need let everyone know cannabis is great but hemp is the answer.  RELEGALIZE HEMP!  I get high sharing the knowledge that I am learning.  Sometimes I forget to partake. 
    Don’t forget, if you open the eyes of one person today you are making a diffenence. 

  • Underground402

    I know a lot but would love for u to share any info u may have. Underground402@live.com

  • Thank you for saying it.