Personal testimony is a powerful thing. People that are on the fence about marijuana legalization tend to be so because they don’t have a face to put with marijuana prohibition. These people tend to think that marijuana legalization is silly, and have visions of Cheech and Chong movies in their head. In reality, marijuana prohibition isn’t silly, and is actually quite harmful.
I once heard a statistic that 3/4 people support marijuana legalization, but that they only feel that 1/4 of their neighbors feel the same. This gap could easily be bridged if people simply shared their views and experience with marijuana prohibition. If someone is on the fence about reform, but then hears that a friend or family member has been harmed by prohibition, they are very likely to change their opinion to a favorable one for reform.
Do you live in Oregon? Has your life been harmed by prohibition? Are you a non-consumer, but support reform? If you have a story or opinion to tell, then I encourage you to share your story with the New Approach Oregon campaign which is looking for people just like you. Below is what types of info the campaign is looking for, along with a link for where to submit your story:
We need stories from Oregonians who believe treating marijuana use as a crime has failed. Please share your story right now and please share this page with other Oregonians who believe in sensible drug policies. We want our campaign to be broad and inclusive and to highlight stories of people from diverse backgrounds. Please share any identities that you are comfortable with letting others know.