Educating Society and Fighting For Our Rights
Do you feel that marijuana should be decriminalized for medical purposes or even legalized for recreational use? Do you feel that the war on drugs has focused to highly on harmless substances such as marijuana? Or do you feel that society needs to get their facts straight when it comes to the ins and outs of cannabis? Well you are not alone. There are millions of us that feel the same way and there are also organizations that do to. These organizations are fighting hard to educate individuals and for legalization of marijuana. Some of the most well-known and influential organizations are listed below.
• Marijuana Policy Project
• Drug Policy Alliance
• Students for Sensible Drug Policy
So what are these organizations exactly and what are their missions? Many of them share the same mission- Work to legalize marijuana and restructure the war on drugs through research and education.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML is probably the most well-known organization fighting for the legalization of marijuana. NORML has existed since 1970 and have been a voice for the people in the legalization revolution of marijuana for decades. There are chapters of NORML within every state and within recent years have expanded internationally as well. NORMLS’ mission is to redirect the public’s opinion sufficiently in a manner of which that the laws surrounding marijuana prohibition will be drastically moved towards legalization and decriminalization of marijuana for adults. You can visit their website at norml.org to learn more about how you can help with their efforts in this cause.
Marijuana Policy Project
The Marijuana Policy Project is another well-known organization in the US that are fighting for legalization of marijuana. The MPP was founded in 1995 and has been avid advocates in this fight since. Their main focus is on eliminating criminal punishment for marijuana usage and possession. They are the leading organization in the effort to reduce the Capitals drug czar access to budget funding. They are doing so through the power of the people. The MPP has an extensive community of supporters including both individuals and organizations. The MPP's vision is for cannabis to be regulated in the same manner as alcohol is. This is extremely similar to the regulations of recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado. You can visit their website at http://www.MPP.org to learn more about this organization and their accomplishments thus far.
The Law Enforcement Against Prohibition or LEAP organization is just US based. LEAP is a community of Criminal Justice professionals internationally. Their common mission is to successfully end the war on drugs. The individuals in this organization have seen firsthand encounters of how the war on drugs is causing destruction. It is for these very reasons why they are standing up and fighting for a long overdue change that is much needed. This organization believes that there should be regulations on legalization but realize that prohibition of marijuana is a thing of the past. Being that these individuals are members of the law enforcement agencies their main focus is on restructuring the broken system while educating society d restoring citizen's faith in Law Enforcement. LEAP was founded in 2002 and has chapters both locally and internationally. You can learn more about LEAP at http://www.leap.ccc .
Drug Policy Alliance
Existing since 2000 the DPA or Drug Policy Alliance is a US organization that is avidly involved in the legal process of restricting the reach of the drug war. They aim to block new initiatives that would be harmful to the progress already made in their efforts. They concentrate heavily on promoting and educating society of sensible reforms in regards to drug policies. The DPA’s belief is that it is the right of the individual to choose what they can and cannot put into their body and that they should only be punished in the event that they harm another. They believe that that the regulation of drugs should be based on science, human rights, health breakthroughs and compassion rather than laws, theories and money. They feel this would in return eliminate the fears and prejudices that the prohibition of today has cultivated. You can visit their website at www.drugpolicy.org to learn more.
DrugSense is an organization that was founded in 1995. Their main mission is simple, end drug prohibition. They operate mainly via stealthy online methods helping to keep the cannabis community updated on news regarding reform. They concentrate heavily on educating and engaging the public in their efforts and common goal. DrugSense has developed several projects that have been crucial to the foundations in drug policy reform. You can visit their website at www.drugsense.org/cms to learn more about their efforts and the projects they are involved with.
As you can see there are several organizations making large efforts towards drug educations, policy reform and legalization. It is through these organizations that we have a voice that can be heard. These are only a few of the organizations that are involved in these efforts. Get out and get involved today, with your support they can do so much more.