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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.
To the editor:
The majority of Americans - and New Jerseyans – now support legalization of marijuana. It’s time for New Jersey to join the other states that have legalized marijuana use for adults. I believe this will happen soon, as a majority of people in both political parties support legalization.
But legalization alone isn’t enough. Any plan for legalization must include justice for the people and communities who have suffered under prohibition and the war on drugs.
I join New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform in its call for the final bill to include five key elements: reinvestment in communities, legalization of home-grown marijuana for individuals, automatic expungement of arrests for those convicted of marijuana possession, low barriers to working in the legal marijuana market, and caps on licensing fees to sell marijuana within the regulated system.
Legalization is coming to New Jersey. Let’s make sure we get it right.