Looking to score something nice for that special stoner in your life and want to fight prohibition at the same time, use Amazon Smile. There are many cannabis nonprofits available for your imaginary extra dollar; somehow Amazon makes money at this while you don’t pay extra. Just use Amazon Smile for your shopping needs and pick a charity that will receive the donations from your shopping experience. I did a quick search with the words cannabis and marijuana to find the following.
149 results with the word marijuana. Not all of these organizations are pro-cannabis, but some are.
Same with the word cannabis. Seventy-three results but not all are pro-cannabis. If you don’t have an organization in mind, so your due diligence and make sure you’re donating to something that wants safe access for all and not some reefer madness organization that likes to do wordplay like in the case of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Here are some of my favorites that are available to you;
LEAP. There’s something to be said about a bunch of ex-cops fighting for legalization, I’ve always had a lot of respect for this organization because they are an example of people changing and wanting real change in the world they wanted to police.
Parents 4 Pot. I can never give these guys enough love. I mean really, it’s for the kids.
NORML. Despite what you think of one of the oldest organizations fighting for legalization, they do make and have made a difference. From Washington to Canada, NORML’s influence has crossed state and international borders.
Tuffy’s Fight. Now that New Jersey is slowly turning around its policy maybe this little girl can get a break, but Tuffy and her family have been fighting for her medicine since they realized cannabis helped with her seizures.
Besides the Amazon Smile option, there’s Hempfest Central. All proceeds go to help the yearly peace, love, and smoke-in festival. The fight for Seattle Hempfest is an everyday battle since Seattle regulators see it as a cash cow. One has to remember that Seattle Hempfest is a nonprofit supported by volunteers from the top down.
At its Core there’s a staff, a board, call it what you will, there’s no one voice being represented, and no one person is making millions off of this event. Hempfest Core members are immediately preparing for the next year with things like scheduling, permit negotiations, security requirements, and other things that involve sectioning off a mile and a half of city park for what should be a celebration but started as a smoke-in.
We still have much work to do, and in its 28 years I think Seattle Hempfest has made a statement and proven a point, the world won’t collapse when everyone is allowed to smoke pot. State by State, the conversation is changing, but it’s not fast enough when people like Andy Cox, Michael Pelletier, Craig Cesal, Richard Delisi, Antonio Bascaro, and many more serve by proxy death sentences for pot.