Our 60-day Plan
While our legislators are not in session, most of them are sitting cozy during the first cold streak of the season. They are having time to read papers, catch up on family stuff, get ready for the holidays and so on. What they are almost certainly NOT thinking about, is marijuana reform.
As an organization fighting on the ground for you, we have to recognize what our barrier is, that stands in the way of what we are after. That barrier to the marijuana movement in North Carolina is called the North Carolina General Assembly. While we have our champion legislators that produce bills time and time again, we also have legislators that don’t see an urgency to those citizens very much in need. They don’t see the benefits for local communities and schools. They also don’t see the political will from within our movement to sustain a thought about getting these bills to the floor. Typically speaking, our Representatives aren’t looking for any new friends either. After all, if they got elected to those seats it’s because they know a lot of people…or maybe just the right people. Either way, this makes it tough to get the time of day from them.
One thing that I do know, regardless of public opinion, is that most Representatives DO want to hear what a constituent has to say if they are confronted in a respectful manner. Timing is everything too. Right now we’re likely to get them in a good mood while at home. We’re a little ways away from the holidays, and even further away from a session. To call it like it is…they want to be shown decency, respect, and professionalism when approached. Whether you call them, email them, send them a letter, or follow them to the grocery store (don’t recommend), use those three words to make sure you handle the situation good. Decency, respect, and professional.
This is the bottom line, for the next 60 days we are here as an organization to hold your hand through the process of establishing a vital line of communication with your Representatives. We can customize a call script, draft a custom email, or set up a personal meeting (all to which we could attend with you if you want). As long as you are willing to contact your Representative, we can take care of the rest. Ensuring a good line of communication now is key for when you want to get their attention while they ARE in session. Most of the State Representatives in the Catawba Valley area do not hear from marijuana reform advocates at all.
We HAVE to establish ourselves as decent, respectful, and professional constituents. Allowing us to help you through the process should not only make you more comfortable with doing it, but also make it more effective in reaching out to them, which in return gets us better recognition when we go to Raleigh.