IAmA professional marijuana legalization activist in Washington, D.C. and I need your help saving medical marijuana in America.
My name is Scott Morgan and my job/passion is to legalize marijuana and end the war on drugs. This is me on TV last week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTNJgkPlPSY
I recently created this account so that I can promote important stories (sometimes mine), without feeling like I'm tricking anyone about who I am or why I'm here. And with that said, I'll get to the point: the Dept. of Justice is launching a new effort to destroy medical marijuana laws, and they're doing it in full violation of Obama and Holder's promises that state laws allowing medical marijuana would be respected under this administration: http://huff.to/lZLGZB
We're challenging these actions on multiple fronts, but what I'm asking from reddit is simple. Please just take a minute to visit the White House contact page, http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact , and politely remind the President that you support medical marijuana and oppose federal interference with state laws protecting patients. That's all.
I can't offer much right now in exchange for your participation, but I think the progress you'll see in the coming years will be worth taking a few minutes to make your voice heard. And for what it's worth, I'd be happy to stick around and answer your questions about what it's like working to legalize drugs in Washington, D.C.
edit: Wow, thanks so much all of you for the awesome response. I wish we had a way to count how many messages we're sending. I promise you, hundreds of well-written emails from redditors to the White House will have more impact than any number of sexy 4/20 parties with cool bands and dank nugs.
edit: A few of you asked what else you can do to help, and that's great. I would start by signing up for some email lists and connecting with activists on Facebook and Twitter. You can find me here: http://www.facebook.com/drugpolicyreform and here http://twitter.com/drugblogger
Just staying connected to the latest drug policy news on sites like reddit really helps. For something more focused, you can start following sites like mine (http://www.stopthedrugwar.org ) and DrugWarRant (http://www.drugwarrant.com/) both of which are good places to stay informed and take action when big things are happening.
I believe we've accomplished far more than we realized simply by participating in large online communities that generate strong web traffic for media coverage of the case for marijuana reform. Major news outlets are competing for eyeballs on the web and they're finally picking up on the fact that marijuana legalization is something a lot of people want to read about. A lot of this happened by accident, so imagine what we can accomplish when we start doing these things with an activist intent.
edit: The other big thing you can do to help is donate (if you can afford it). In my experience, all of the major organizations are doing important work, so I recommend researching and deciding for yourself what you'd feel best about supporting.
edit: For any of you who are in school, the absolute best way to get started in drug policy activism is through Students for Sensible Drug Policy (http://ssdp.org/). This is the boot camp where the next generation of great activists is learning how to get things done. SSDP activists are now getting hired right and left by the larger organizations, so if that's a dream of yours, this is the place to start. SSDP is also a very effective and underfunded group that deserves more financial support.
edit: There's been some discussion below about the importance of creating activism that breaks the typical mold of marching, music, and marijuana leaves. Here's a good effort from some students in Oregon just days ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1it_twObBY
edit: ...and Reddit crashes the White House contact page. I'm speechless. Love you all. http://bit.ly/iDTuKx