Contact Your Legislators
Please help us by contacting your state legislators to ask for their support!
1. Get to know the legislators from your district. You can find out who your state representative and state senator are on openstates.org. Please contact both of them. (Keep in mind that it is the members of the Georgia General Assembly that we need to reach out to. This is not Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator David Perdue or your Representative in Congress)
If you call, tell the person that answers the phone that you support in-state cultivation of medical cannabis, that there is someone in the legislator’s district that can benefit from it, and that you kindly ask for your legislator’s vote on this life-saving treatment. If you live in the district, be sure to say that because they get contacted by a lot of other people who do not, but the people who vote for them should matter most. You can also send an email telling them about your own personal story. It’s sometimes just as beneficial to build a relationship with the legislator’s staff as well since they are often screening calls and emails. Legislators actually do take note of people in their district who are impacted by legislation. Please let them know your story and why this is important to you.
Calling and emailing can help, but the most important thing you can do is speak to them by phone or meet in person. Then they are more likely to remember you and your personal story when it comes time for them to vote on a bill that could help you.
2. Call the Governor’s office – 404-656-1776 – and tell the person that answers the phone that you support in-state cultivation of medical cannabis, that you are a Georgia citizen than can either personally benefit from it or know someone who can benefit from it, and that you kindly ask for the Governor’s support of this life-saving treatment.
3. Visit the Capitol on a weekday morning when the legislature is in session. You can schedule an appointment with your state representative and state senator to share your story or just visit “the ropes” outside the main galleries and page them, so they can briefly come out and meet you for a few minutes to hear your personal story and how medical cannabis can help.
4. Try to educate everyone you encounter who might have misconceptions about what medical cannabis is – friends, family, co-workers, pastors and church members, local law enforcement, etc. There are so many people that assume that all marijuana is bad without fully understanding that we are simply asking for a medicine that is far safer than many pharmaceutical drugs that are prescribed every day. Please share news stories, the Georgia’s Hope Facebook page and this website.
Every email, phone call or conversation can make a difference!