The readers of HIGH TIMES want marijuana legalized, nationwide, and now. Here’s our simple plan to make marijuana’s legalization happen: ask for it, and keep asking until we get want we want. It really is that simple. If you want pot to be legal, you have to ask. If you want to stop all arrests for marijuana possession, you have to ask.

The 420 Campaign is a plan to bring legalization before the US Congress and the public. Legalization. Now. That’s what we want. How do we get it? We prepare, we mobilize and we send that message to Congress every chance we get until we get the job done. Furthermore, we want to use April 20th as a focal point every year to concentrate pressure on Congress to legalize marijuana until we get the job done.

Let’s get started! Learn your legislators. Learn how you and your friends can use your own political power to advance the cause. Start practicing now and get some experience communicating with your legislators at the local, state, and federal level. Visit the HIGH TIMES Activist Center every month to learn more, get helpful tips, and coordinate your action with other reform efforts around the country.

Legalization is going to take some time, which is all the more reason to focus on it now and begin the hard work to make it happen sooner rather than later.

Getting Started: Every voter has 5 representatives in the state and national legislature. In addition to 2 US Senators voters are usually represented in the state house, the state senate and the US Congress. Legalization starts by learning these three districts. Start the legalization process with all of your legislators and prepare to take part in the 420 Campaign. Use the BCR Guide to State Legislative and Congressional Districts and Maps to lookup and research your representatives.

Now, focus on one simple task. Write your congressional representative and ask them this basic question: Congressman, what is your position on marijuana’s legalization and why? Don’t make an argument for legalization at this time; just find out where they stand. The best starting point is to get your congressional representative on the record about the legalization issue. Once we know where they stand we can focus on changing their position.

Marijuana legalization is a national issue. It requires a national response. HIGH TIMES readers want marijuana legalized, now. HIGH TIMES readers want an end to marijuana possession arrests. The purpose of The 420 Campaign is to stick up for all marijuana users. We want marijuana legalized, now, nationwide. It’s time to focus on that fundamental objective, and that’s the purpose of The 420 Campaign.

Resources for The 420 Campaign:

The most valuable resources for seeking marijuana’s legalization are provided by the drug policy reform movement. The seven most capable organizations of the reform movement have already shown tremendous leadership in representing the interests of marijuana users and other citizens before national and state legislatures. These seven sisters of reform are:

Americans for Safe Access
Common Sense for Drug Policy
Drug Policy Alliance
NORML
Marijuana Policy Project
Media Awareness Project
Stop the Drug War (DRCnet)

Each of these organizations provides legalization supporters with leadership, experience, and resources that are essential to a successful campaign to legalize marijuana.

Another useful resource for information about contacting Congress on any issue is Project Vote-Smart, which provides some of the best links to political and legislative resources in the country.

The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform provides a guide to congressional districts and additional research links about marijuana policy and legalization issues.

DrugScience.org provides information about the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis and efforts to change the legal status of medical cannabis under existing federal laws.

All of these resources make it easy to learn about the issues and contact your congressional representatives. It’s up to supporters of marijuana’s legalization, though, to use these organizations and resources to focus the Congress on the need to legalize marijuana.