When you think about advocacy, you wouldn’t be alone if you conjured up images of lobbyists arguing their case in front of government officials. You might even think of large crowds holding picket signs in front of major landmarks and other important buildings.
Those images aren’t wrong, but they also aren’t complete. Advocacy takes many different forms. In fact, some might argue the most effective type of advocacy isn’t done by professionals or protesters, but by everyday people in their everyday lives.
By definition, advocacy means support for a cause – that’s it! It doesn’t require you to be a public speaker or a social media celebrity. Advocates show support of all kinds for issues they care about and want to change. They are the unsung heroes of progress big and small.
Why Does the ACCCM Need Citizen Advocates?
Medical cannabis stigma and t bias are still prevalent and found just about everywhere. Because of this, individuals affected by many ailments face many different barriers – barriers affecting their healthcare, employment and all other aspects of their lives. Including federal laws and regulations impede research and access.
ACCM has a strong and guiding vision of creating a better world for people able to benefit from professional medical-cannabis access. Our Community Members, supporters and volunteers work tirelessly to:
-Combat stigma, bias, and disinformation.
-Raise awareness through education.
-Expand health and medical system participation.
-Work to improve access to safe and effective options (on the state and soon federal levels). --
-Support those in the industry working to make a difference every day.
-Change laws prohibiting research, medical legality, and access
These sound like deserving and sensible goals, don’t they? But once again, stigma and apathy enter and try to shut the door to the change we as a country need.
Are you ready for the truth? These goals are painfully difficult to achieve because medical cannabis is still stigmatized by many. But on the brighter side, support for a cause grows when advocates make that cause familiar to others. That’s why ACCM needs advocates to help us share our message and meet these necessary goals. And with your support, we can!
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