Send a letter to the editor
Writing a letter to the editor is an important way to make a difference. Below is a draft letter to get you started, but feel free to edit and put it in your own words. But, remember most papers have a word limit, so keep it short and to the point – about 200 words maximum.
Find the email address for letter-to-the-editor submissions across New Jersey via this PDF. Visit the website of your local newspaper to find their specific instructions for submission. Please contact NJUMR at email@example.com if you need help.
To the editor:
New Jerseyans finally saw our elected officials cast their first votes on a statewide bill that would legalize cannabis in November 2018. While seeing lawmakers in both chambers advance legislation out of committee for a full floor vote was an important milestone, the legislation is still missing some important provisions that put social and racial justice at the forefront.
I stand with the New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform coalition’s call for the final bill to include the following:
Expungements of prior cannabis arrests and convictions
A meaningful equity program for residents living in communities harmed by the drug war to access the new industry
Reinvestment of new tax dollars in communities harmed by the drug war
Home-grow provisions for personal use
We have lived with the harms of unjust prohibition for too long, but there’s an end in sight. Legalization is coming to New Jersey in 2019 – let’s make sure we do it right. Beyond ending prohibition, we must counteract the harmful racial disparities prohibition has reinforced.