Be Part of ASA/CaNORML
Citizens MJ Lobby Day in Sacramento
ASA’s Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento has always been a special event that is informative, productive and fun. For 2017 they are being joined by CaNORML to coordinate and create the largest, most rewarding and successful Citizen Lobby Day ever!
On Monday, June 5, they are expecting over 300 participants representing patients, advocates, providers, industry workers and others to participate in the state's largest cannabis lobby day.
It’s an amazing experience in the democratic process as you take part in the legislative briefing and lobbyist training which will give you the information and skills you need to meet with your state assembly member and state senator that very same day. Citizen lobbying works - Research shows that an in-person visit from a constituent like you is six times more likely to influence an undecided lawmaker than a visit from a paid lobbyist.
This year’s legislative briefing is highlighted with a presentation by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, author of AB 1578, the California ganja sanctuary bill.
ASA’s Citizen Lobby Day has always been extraordinary – everyone who has participated has always felt it was one of the most satisfying days they have spent in a long long time and look forward to participating again. Take a look at the complete schedule of events and lobbying and you will see why - just CLICK HERE.
Want to join in – you can!
Every year we rent a van and bring 10 to 15 IE residents to Sacramento for Citizen Lobby Day. Let me assure you that getting there is half the fun!
We will leave on Sunday, June 4 at 9 a.m. and will pick up at several locations along the travel route in the IE from Palm Spring to Riverside and San Bernardino. We arrive in Sacramento at around 6 p.m. and check in at a local motel. We go for dinner and for those who want, after dinner we will join ASA and NORML at a social cannabis-friendly event.
On Monday, June 5 we go to the Legislative Briefing and Lobbyist Training at the Citizen’s Hotel in downtown Sacramento. In the afternoon you will go to the State Capitol Building and to the offices of your state assembly member and senator. ASA will make appointments for you, so you will be expected. You will most likely meet with the legislator’s Chief Legislative Aide, but it is not unusual to meet with your actual state assembly member and senator.
After the lobbying, we reconvene in the Scandal Lounge at 5:30 p.m. in the Citizen Hotel for a VIP Reception with lawmakers and other state officials. We leave about 7:00 p.m. for home arriving back in the IE around 2 or 3 a.m.
Yes it is a very full day – one that you will tell everyone you know about. You are not on the sideline looking in – you actually participate in our democracy! And it’s all for cannabis – your right to safe, reliable, local and affordable access.
Yes you will actually be able tell your grandkids what you did to end marijuana prohibition.
The cost is only $85 per person. This includes transportation, lodging (two to a room) and all registration and reception fees. We will dine together if you chose, but all food purchases are on your own. The motel rooms have microwaves and refrigerators as well as free-internet.
There is only room for 12 people in the party van and their are only four seats left – so don’t delay and miss out on this enlightening and fun trip. Email me at [email protected] and reserve your seat in the van, your room in the motel and most of all you participation in grassroots cannabis activism.
If you want to go, but needs some help to cover the cost, let me know and I will see if I can rustle up a scholarship or two.
If you can take off on Sunday June 4 and Monday June 5 and don’t need much sleep to function on Tuesday or can just sleep on Tuesday, then don’t miss this extraordinary day. I guarantee you will not regret attending and will look back on it for many years as something that you participated in and accomplished and are very proud of.
For more information on the ASA/CaNORML Citizen Lobby Days CLICK HERE.