The 9 Sites You Need to Know to Be a Good Pot Activist
Simply looking at Websites isn’t going to make you a good activist of any sort. You have to get out there and fight, damnit! Start petitions, write your congressmen, become a lawyer. You know, do stuff! But in order to know where to begin, these nine sites will get you in-the-know and up-to-date with everything that’s happening in the movement to decriminalize and legalize marijuana.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is a non-profit organization founded in 1970 and the godfather organization of the Marijuana movement. From providing support for defendants charged with marijuana-related offenses to lobbying congress to pass more sensible marijuana legislation, NORML sits at the forefront of the marijuana movement.And its Site, NORML.org provides a starting point for anyone looking to get involved.
Oh, and did we mention that Tommy Chong is on their Advisory Board – and Willie Nelson is the co-chair (along with ACLU president, Nadine Strossen)? Yeah, they’re that good…
Covering everything important to the cannabis counterculture, High Times has been the pot smoker’s bible since the first issue hit news stands in 1974. And its Website is just as good.
Be sure to check out the “Activism” section to keep up-to-date on everything that’s happening in the battle for a pot-friendly society. But it’s all the delicious photos of kind bud that will get you salivating faster than… OK, it will just get you salivating again. Good-bye, cotton mouth!
Marching along the pathway paved by NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project is a non-profit activist group that believes “the greatest harm associated with marijuana is prison.”
To help change the monstrous policies created for the War on Drugs, and help seriously-ill medical marijuana patients gain greater access to their doctor-approved drug, MPP focuses its efforts on lobbying congress to decriminalize (and eventually legalize) marijuana, and spreading the movement’s message in the media.
In reality, all you really need is this subreddit – anything that you might need to know will be posted here. (But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t contribute, too!) From news articles to federal bills to pics of sweet homemade bongs, this excellently tight community smokes at the forefront of the online movement to change public marijuana policy.
This is the best place to get connected with other policy-minded marijuana users online, and have all your pot-related questions answered by people who spend more time commenting on Reddit than they do actually working at their job.
The first ingredient to fighting effectively is to know what you’re fighting for. And since you probably just took a bong hit, you’re lucky it’s all collected in one place.
WhiteHouseDrugPolicy.gov includes everything from the definition of marijuana to answers to questions like, “How long can a drug be detected in one’s system?” But remember, this is the government – they can’t be trusted. You know how I know? Because they don’t trust you.
Believe it or not, there are tons of police officers in support of the legalization of marijuana and other drugs. And Law Enforcement Against Prohibition provides them a voice.
Consisting of over 10,000 current and former law enforce officials in 85 countries, worldwide, LEAP serves as a voice of reason capable of bridging the gap between the worlds of “F**king hippies!” and “Dude, wanna pay hacky sac?” Plus, if you send them $5, they’ll send you a sweet LEAP badge!
Joining forces with NORML and MPP is the Drug Policy Alliance Network, another of the active non-profit organizations promoting changes in marijuana public policy.
The organization has already made headway on the fight for proper drug policy by helping “hundreds of thousands” of people go to rehab instead of jail, have access to medical marijuana when needed and has helped save pot-friendly states like California save $1.5 billion in wasteful law enforcement spending.
As you might have guessed, Twitter.com is quickly becoming one of the best places online to get involved in the marijuana movement.
Here, you can follow many of the other Sites on this list to stay up-to-the-second on what they’re up to, find like-minded people aimed at promoting pot-friendly policy, get weed-related news and even find out where you can pick up some sweet medical cheeba – you know, where it’s legal. (Which, with your help, will be everywhere, soon!)
One of the most active new organizations in the marijuana movement, Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) focuses on promoting marijuana as a superior alternative to alcohol as a recreational substance.
The organization began in 2005, after “a string of alcohol-related deaths that occurred on college campuses” in Colorado. From generating petitions to engaging in government action, SAFER provides plenty of opportunity to get involved in a way that actually gets something done.