The Medical Cannabis Victory: A Textbook Case of Organizing and Resistance

Giordano, Al
Date Written:  2009-10-20
Publisher:  Narco News
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX11419

Shifting from mere activism and advocacy to a referendum strategy also forced significant swathes of drug policy reform movements to enter a new phase: that of community organizing. Referenda in most states require the collection of signatures, which means advocates had to get out of the circle jerk cycle of endless meetings and internal debate and go out there, door to door, to recruit from the general public. Once they got the proposed laws on the ballot that meant campaigning for votes. This marked a paradigm shift in what had been a self-marginalized reform movement: a wake up call.

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