A number of Show-Me Cannabis supporters from across the state have now written letters and submitted them to papers in their areas. We are also collecting these letters on our website as part of a new feature called Missourians Speak Out. This section will be devoted to supporter-submitted content explaining why you think we should end cannabis prohibition.
This isn’t just limited to letters, either. If you use cannabis medically and want to tell your story, we’d like to hear it. If you have been abused by the criminal justice system and want to prevent others from enduring the same, let us know about. If you fled to another state because of Missouri’s draconian cannabis laws, remind the people of Missouri how the state’s unjust laws forced you to become a refugee.
We have already published a page of the letters that we have received and edited, but we also have several testimonials and will add them early next week. As time goes on, we hope to add to this section continuously. There is a whole host of statistics showing the harms of marijuana prohibition — nearly 20,000 Missourians arrested every year for marijuana offenses at a cost of $150 million, etc. — but those numbers miss the real human tragedies behind them. Showing our fellow Missourians the real, personal harms this failed policy inflicts upon their friends, neighbors, and community members can shift people’s attitudes on this issue rapidly. Please help us in that mission and submit your letter or story by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.