CANNABIS CULTURE – Here are eight things you can do to become part of the Sensible BC team to decriminalize marijuana in British Columbia.
1 – Register Supporters
The goal of our campaign right now is to register our supporters all across BC. This will make it much easier to collect their signatures again during the official signature gathering period of September to November.
Anyone can register online at our website. More importantly, you can download this form, and register your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers who support changing the cannabis laws.
Once you have the collected their information, send in the form to us at the address on the bottom.
Registering your friends and co-workers in this way is one of the most important things you can do to support the Sensible BC campaign.
For more advice and assistance in registering supporters, follow this link.
2 – Become a District Organizer
During the official signature gathering period this September to November, we will need to collect signatures from 10% of the registered voters in every single one of BC’s 85 electoral districts.
We are seeking a few main people in each district who will take on the role of being the main organizers for their communities over the coming year.
The District Organizers will be responsible for helping to find and motivate other volunteers in their area. They will be our main contacts in their region, and we will send the District Organizers campaign materials like posters, flyers and buttons, which they can distribute to other local volunteers.
We will be posting contact information for the District Organizers on our website, like this page for example, so that people in your area will be able to get in touch with you.
If you’d like to be a District Organizer, please email me at [email protected] and let me know more about yourself.
3 – Talk to Your Politicians
One important thing that everyone should do is make an appointment to meet with your local BC MLA.
It’s easy to find your local MLA and how to contact them at this link.
You can send them an email, write them a letter or give them a phone call. But the very best thing is to make an appointment to see your MLA in person.
Be friendly and polite, explain to them why you want them to support the Sensible Policing Act to decriminalize cannabis possession in our province.
It doesn’t matter which party your MLA is from. This is a non-partisan issue, elected MLAs from both the BC Liberals and BC NDP have come out in favour of decriminalization or legalization of cannabis.
Once you’ve had a meeting with your MLA, send us an email at [email protected] and let us know how your meeting went!
4 – Help Out at Our Office
If you live in the Greater Vancouver area, are able to commute, and have some time to spare, then please consider volunteering at our office.
We need help with entering data, making phone calls and general office work.
Our office is located in the Dominion Building, at Hastings and Cambie in Vancouver.
Contact [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer to spend some time helping out in our office.
5 – Join Our Canvassing Team
Make some friends, learn some new skills and join our canvassing team.
We have professional canvassers who will lead you and your team in going door to door to register supporters.
Right now we are training canvassers mainly in Vancouver. However, over the coming months we will be sending our canvassing team across the province.
If you’d like to volunteer to join a canvassing team, working with others to go door to door, registering supporters for Sensible BC, then please email [email protected]
6 – Become an Online Activist
Our online presence is steadily growing, but now we need to bring it to the next level and expand our reach in social media.
We have a selection of banner ads and fun graphics online here, that you can put on your website and post online.
Please be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/sensiblebc, and get your online friends to also give us a like.
Also follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/sensiblebc.
Plus we’re on Google+ too!
Please repost our stuff, share our links and promote us online.
We are also setting up Facebook pages for each District, which we’ll need help in updating and posting local stories and events.
7 – Donate Your Skills and Supplies
If you have a special skill or access to special equipment, think about how you can put it to use in the campaign.
If you have experience in campaigning, organizing or putting on events, then consider volunteering those skills to our campaign.
If you’re an artist or designer, consider making some graphics, banners or memes for the campaign.
If you’re a musician, think about writing a song to help spread the word.
If you have access to supplies, or can get us discounts on things like printing, t-shirts, buttons or advertising, please let us know.
If you own or know of a local business that would be willing to display our materials or otherwise support the campaign, please talk to them and let us know.
8 – Donate Money
This campaign is expected to cost a lot of money, as we will be paying for things like printing, shipping, transportation, promotions, hall rentals and some full-time staff.
There’s many ways to donate, including credit card, paypal, email money transfer and cheques.
The best way to donate is with a monthly pledge, to commit to a fixed amount every month for the next 10 months. That way you can spread out your donation and we are able to rely on your ongoing support.
Donations are not tax-deductible.
If you have further questions or want to find out more about the campaign, don’t hesitate to contact me, or our campaign coordinator Nicole at [email protected]
We have a lot of organizing and work to do over the coming nine months.
With your help, we will make history, and force our province to have a referendum on changing the cannabis laws!
Together we will decriminalize cannabis in our province, and then all across Canada!
Thank you for being part of the Sensible BC team.