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NORML Legislative Fly-In Social Media Campaign

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator May 18, 2015

    Summary:

    2015 NORML Legislative Fly-InFor those not able to attend NORML’s Legislative Fly-in, I have put together a list of marijuana-related bills currently pending in Congress as well as the names and Twitter accounts associated with members of specific committees that we plan to target during our social media campaign. By using social media, we will be able to add another layer to our lobbying efforts and will also provide each and every one of our members a chance to have their voice heard on these issues. I encourage all of you to start promoting our Twitter campaign to your networks as soon as possible.

    Objective:

    Apply pressure on members of the House Subcommittee on Health, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations by engaging them through a coordinated social media campaign using specific messaging and hash tags to track our activity. Using the #NORML hash tag gives us the power to bring attention to and mobilize a larger and more diverse coalition of social media activists to support and/or join our efforts. Also, it’s important that we stay on message so please avoid altering the language provided. By maintaining a consistent message, we will be able to present a coordinated and disciplined effort.

    Directions:

    Simply cut and paste the Twitter handle and language provided below into your Twitter account and hit send. Please make sure that you use the directory so that you contact each representative directly. I’ve provided an example of what each tweet should look like for each bill. I recommend coordinating specific times with your organization and its membership to maximize our efforts.

    Language:

    H.R. 1013: “[Insert Twitter  Handle] I urge you to support House Resolution 1013, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. It’s time for a new approach! #NORML

    S.683: “[Insert Twitter  Handle] I urge you to support the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act. America is ready! #NORML

    H.R. 667: “[Insert Twitter  Handle] I urge you to support House Resolution 667, the Veterans Equal Access Act. America’s veterans deserve better! #NORML

     

    1. H.R. 1013: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act                                       

    Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

    Members & Twitter Accounts:

    Example:

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    2. S. 683 – Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act

    Committee on the Judiciary

    Members & Twitter Accounts:

    Example:

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    3. H.R. 667: Veterans Equal Access Act                                                                          

    Subcommittee on Health

    Members & Twitter Accounts:

    Example:

    Screenshot_2015-05-15-20-40-32

    30 Responses to “NORML Legislative Fly-In Social Media Campaign”

    1. End Marijuana prohibition. We are adults,not children that need the governments approval for something that has no effect on the public at large. Just like the alcohol commercials say “please use responsibly”, right?

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      I’ve never tweeted. Doesn’t look like any of my reps are on any of the committees this time around anyway.

    3. Eric K. Johnson says:

      The biker murders/chaos in Waco caused the authorities to cease alcohol sales for a week.

      Res ipsa loquitur

    4. Julian says:

      I was just getting a knot in my stomach I thought incurable to see my prohibitionist Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz on the Carers Act when I read Beto O’Rourke’s name on HR667, the Veterans Equal Access Act…
      …Aaaaaaaah, bad feeling gone… Thank you Representative O’Rourke, for standing up for our veterans… And curing the knot in our stomach…

    5. Kim says:

      Please stop the prohibition on cannabis! It’s a plant that helps people eat, helps PTSD ,epilepsy. Besides it is makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. Prohibition laws strike a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded! Abraham Lincoln 1840!

    6. Peter Tokarczyk says:

      BTW: when you add some of the representatives and senators addresses in the messages, they go over the amount of characters allowed to send in a tweet. I guess it IS time for a new approach. Just not this time.

    7. YearofAction says:

      In addition to the Senators and Committee members, you can now also tweet to the President this tweetable definition of marijuana:

      The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L.

      #newmjdefinition

      This year is a good time to take action.

    8. Eric K. Johnson says:

      Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. – Thomas Jefferson

      Beware simply means be aware.

      Big Cannabizness can’t be corrupted like Big Tobacco , Big Booze, Big Pharma?

      Shoulda and coulda been different.

      The cannabis market should have been owned and operated by Mom and Pop in a new cottage industry…and every one knows I’m right.

      “The love of money is the root of all evil”

      Won’t be long before packs of generic cannabis are sold at your local (Big Cannabizness owned) Big Box Super Center?

    9. Julian says:

      @Eric K. Johnson, (And to Congress, if you’re listening…)

      Most of the 10+billion$ income that the MJBizDaily recently accounted for in the rapidly growing legal U.S. marijuana industry comes from locally owned and generated income that is pumping into local economies, creating the antithesis of the alleged “Big Marijuana” fading arguments from prohibitionist such as Kevin Sabet. You can click on the “News” link on this page to find MJBizDaily’s report.

      Legalized marijuana could be described as the greatest boost in the source of independent manufacturing, wealth, innovation and energy of this century as American farms and identities are sustained as well as additional socioeconomic benefits we receive as the smartphone of Information Age meets the smartmarijuana(tm) of the Green Revolution. We are experiencing, due to marijuana legalization, a rural revival of trade-based and community banked agrarian economies from across the nation that release hard-working Americans from the take-it-or-leave-it treachery of Too-Big-to-Fail bank loans and “investments.” Investment starts at home, where we can value and quantify the results. Legal cannabis provides this service.

      Smart Phone technology relies on prohibitively finite, dangerous sources of precious metals, centralized investment from places like silicone valley, and corporate intellectual property rights that centralize profit and impede access like cell phone towers to provide broadband to rural, indigenous communities… My argument is that marijuana legalization provides both rural and urban society with a catalyst for access and diversification, socioeconomic equality, productivity, infrastructural development and manufacturing jobs that increase access to internet and higher paying jobs that in return, invest in innovation and education; all of the common pillars of a sustainable, peaceful Democratic, capitalist economy that relies on exporting these qualities on a regular basis.

      Therefore marijuana legalization provides, if I may use the word, a synergy, or catalyzing health benefit to both the individual and the overall U.S. and world economy, by stimulating economic growth, diversification, innovation and education all while reducing the cost of health care, wars and the unsustainable financial bail out of over-centralized banking and insurance institutions. Colorado is but one growing example to model effective marijuana policy after, not to reject it as certain members of the Texas legislature continue to do.

      By diversifying our financial investments into smaller, more productive and stronger cannabis based banks and economies, and by investing in our local education, infrastructure, innovation (from increased cannabis tax revenue), and by growing jobs from a literally growing agricultural and energy supply we gain as a nation and as a quickly globalizing planet multiple environmental benefits, including drought resistance, small farm productivity, food and water sustainability and therefore sustainable majors and jobs for College graduates and careers. Indeed, if we are to go so far as to believe the President’s recent stance on Climate change, than legalizing hemp and marijuana is in the best interest of U.S. National Security.

      Besides, Big Pharma and the Department of Health and Human Services (i.e. U.S.Pat#6630507) has been trying for decades to patent, control and centralize the profit within the marijuana market one molecule at a time only resulting in the failure of marinol, et al. All this CBD “oil only” legislation is about to meet a similar fate of decentralization as the marijuana market continues to expand.

      Marijuana works synergistically, meaning that really low THC levels in all this “CBD only legislation” really don’t help patients with epilepsy compared with a more balanced recommendation of a strain of the marijuana herb which can contain more than 40 different cannabinoids that work together to relieve a variety of symptoms at once. In other words, the strain of marijuana we see on CNN’s Weed trilogy that helped treat children with seizures, named Charlottes Web, may have had less THC than CBD, but it certainly contains more than “%.05″ as limited by recent legislation approved by the Texas legislature.

      Unfortunately for Big Pharma and the federal government herbal remedies are unpatentable, unless we would like to argue over who gets to patent the duck or the horse. (I get the horse, just to end that argument should it ever come up again).

      Yet even in the most hypocritical of circumstances, like here in Texas when we get a break through the other day from the State Congress for CBD only legislation with hardly any medically viable THC, there is a silver lining in our bucket of CBD oil;

      The Texas State legislature, whether Governor Abbott likes it or not, just ADMITTED CANNABIS IS MEDICINE!

      http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/29099690/limited-medical-marijuana-bill-sent-to-gov

      So it’s a pile of contrived, partisan garbage mangled by the Sheriff’s Association that makes it risky for Doctor’s to “prescribe” instead of “recommend” cannabis extract with minute, (less than %0.5), quantities of THC… yes, that much is true;

      But there is a caveat for prohibitionists seeking to pose to the cameras during elections as champions of the infirmed, all while using Republican Todd Hunter to kill real cannabis treatment in Calendar Committee;
      You guys just admitted through State law in one of the biggest states in the Union that cannabis is medicine, thereby tilting the balance of justice during ongoing Federal appeals and trials regarding the Constitutional basis of prohibition itself. This means we can count the population of Texas to weigh in during pending councils and debates meeting next year in the United Nations to challenge international drug policy and the medical efficacy of cannabis that defies prohibition.

      If I may say anything in this post in relevance to our Federal legislators listed above and the pending pro marijuana legislation committees they sit on, we now have a population majority precedence to pass Federal marijuana legalization in the United States of America.

      Ineffective treatment in application as HB892/ SB339 may be, the state legislature has spoken; Marijuana, including THC, IS medicine and you can smell the fear on prohibitionists through the camera lenses as their rhetoric of distinguishing recreational marijuana from its medical efficacy falls upon an argument as simple as taxing grape juice and wine. Check it out in the video above. Enjoy.

      Oh yeah; And what about that little line in the C.S.Act that reports that “marihuana has no accepted medical use” ? It’s election season, Congress. I think it might be time we do something about that, don’t you?

    10. Cat Cassie says:

      @Eric K. Johnson, “Won’t be long before packs of generic cannabis are sold at your local(Big Cannabizness owned) Big Box Super Center? Eric as long as you don’t get arrested for buying it and having your world upended, isn’t that more important than who is making the big bucks. Plus here in Colorado you can grow up to 6 plants of your own with 3 at a time budding.

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