Send a Love Note to your Legislator

February 14, 2021 / Comments (0)

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Written advocacy is one way to elevate your voice. This Valentine’s Day, the Cannabis Patient Advocacy Association would like to help you Send a Love Note to your Legislator!

Actionable Items for Effective Advocacy:

  • Know Your Audience
  • Just the Facts
  • Ask Clearly


 

Know Your Audience

 

Just the Facts

Ask Clearly

Determine:

  • the listener
  • their current position
  • their past positions
  • educational needs
  • Lead with facts
  • Get to the point
  • Be brief
  • Provide support such as data, studies, etc
  • Manage emotions
  • State your ASK
  • Make it clear
  • Make it reasonable in light of opposition
  • Be patiently persistent

Letter to a Legislator: SAMPLE

 

(Month) (Day) (Year)

The Honorable (First name) (Last name)

RE: (topic/bill number)

Dear (Delegate/Senator) (Last name):

My name is (your first and last name). I reside in District ____.

  • State why you support or oppose the topic/bill.
    • Choose up to three of the strongest points that support your position and state them clearly.
  • Include a personal story.
    • Tell your representative why the issue is important to you and how it affects you, your family member or community.
  • Tell your representative how you want them to vote on this issue or the specific action you want them to take. Ask for a response.

Sincerely,

 

FIRST NAME, LAST NAME

Street address

City, State, Zip code*

*include your zip code to ensure they know the legislative district where you live

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