Medical Marijuana Week is an annual event held during the week of 2/15 to commemorate the passage of Proposition 215, California’s medical cannabis law. Celebrate Medical Marijuana Week with us by educating your community, urging Congress to protect medical cannabis patients, writing letters to the editor, and more!

By Americans for Safe Access

MMJ Week 2013To celebrate our community’s commitment to safe access throughout the country, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is organizing Medical Marijuana Week 2013.

With insidious DEA raids continuing, our POWs being sentenced to federal prison terms, and threats to landlords and elected officials — the aggressive, anti-medical cannabis efforts of Obamaʼs Justice Department must stop! 

This year, we are calling on advocates nationwide to take action every day during the week. Please read on for daily opportunities to advance safe access to medical cannabis.

During Medical Marijuana Week (Feb. 11-17), here are some ways you can get involved and make a difference:

Monday, February 11: Join the Movement
ASA is the nation’s largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Join the movement and help fund the fight for safe access.

Tuesday, February 12: Valentines for POWs
Numerous patients and providers are in jail awaiting trial or in prison serving out their sentences. Although the actions of many of these prisoners were legal under state law, defendants use a medical defense in federal court. Please show your support to these inmates by writing them letters or Valentines cards (and keep it “G” rated please). Read their stories and find their contact information on ASA’s website.
Wednesday, February 13: Write a Letter to the Editor
Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper calling on Congress to support the Medical Marijuana States Rights Bill. You never know who you might be influencing – a judge, policeman, or city council representative! Visit ASA’s LTE action site for an easy way to submit your LTE online using talking points provided by us.
Thursday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day): Ask Congress to “Have a Heart”
Being Valentine’s Day and all, today we’re asking people to contact their member of congress and senator to ask them to “have a heart” for our medical cannabis POWs and to support the Medical Marijuana States Rights Bill being introduced this month. You can take action online by submitting an email, and also consider calling them by dialing the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 using the script provided by ASA.
Friday, February 15 (2/15!): Candlelight Vigil for POWs
With over 20 medical cannabis providers currently serving time in federal prisons across the US, we are asking advocates join organize a candlelight vigil on Friday to honor these brave souls who sacrificed their freedom for safe access. To join a vigil near you, get in contact with an ASA Chapter or Action Group in your area.
Saturday, February 16: Spread the News about Safe Access
Check out our Publications list for stuff to distribute, then find a local community board in a coffee shop, Laundromat, or on a college campus to post information about medical cannabis and Americans for Safe Access. Also, think about your connections outside of the medical cannabis community and reach out to these groups. Are you a member of a condition-based organization? Political group? Social club? If not, find one to join. Educate your community about the efficacy of medical cannabis and the need for change in federal law.
Sunday, February 17: Social Media Fun-day
On Sunday, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Also, make sure and share this info with all your social media friends by inviting them to follow us as well. This is one of the best ways to stay informed about medical cannabis news and events that are coming up!