Communicating with your lawmaker or the media can be intimidating- but it doesn't have to be. Being prepared is half the battle. Here are some tips to make sure you are prepared to articulate your position in a confident, clear and concise manner. You can call or email your legislator simply by clicking on the "Contact Your Lawmaker" icon above.
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Know Your Audience
Know the key points you want to make and what you want to accomplish. Here are some tips:
Write out the top three points you want to cover.
Be a good listener. While it's important to make your point, it's just as important to allow time for dialogue to learn more about their position on an issue.
Know your stuff! Be prepared for follow-up questions. If you don't have all the answers, it's okay. Just be sure to follow-up in a timely manner with an appropriate response.
Leave your name and number and ask for him/her to keep you updated on policy decisions related to medical cannabis.
Know What to Say
Rome wasn't built in a day. Try and be patient and know your efforts are worthwhile. Being an effective advocate takes practice, time and persistence. Mark your calendar so you remember to follow-up. If you're not sure what to do, send us an email or talk it through with a friend.
Where there is unity, there is strength!
Your Opinion Matters
Medical Cannabis is in the news frequently which means there are plenty of opportunities to be successful in getting your letter to the editor published. If you read an article that you support or see one that is way off base, send in a letter with your opinion. Letters should usually be 250-words or less. Most papers have a link to contact the editor or an opinion section on their website. If you are looking for some key points check out the "Resources" tab on our website.
The first step is to determine who your State Senator and Representative is. Being prepared will make you a more effective communicator and allow you to interact with confidence and efficiency.
Send them an email, give them a call or ask to set up a meeting to articulate your postion. A face-to-face meeting works best but the most important thing is to make sure they know you are a constituent and you support medical cannabis. Remember, always be courteous and respectful. Once you make contact, try and keep an open line of communiation.
So you've made initial contact, great job! Now, keep the line of communication open and invite friends to get involved. Here are some things you can do to amplify your voice.
If you wrote or called your lawmaker share it on social media
Invite friends to like the CPAC Facebook and Twitter Pages
Attend community meetings
Stay on top of local events and legislation related to cannabis