This is a Suggested Script for Telephoning (not email . . . voice calling) Your State/Federal Representative/Senator.
Before you call them, PRINT this page, and feel free to modify and FILL IN THE BLANKS to suit your style.
Do it before calling!! But Do Call Them!! As Citizens, we have the Power to demand legal reform.
Take Notes, and Post Your Results in Social Media. It’s About Time for Change.
Keep checking our website for “One-Pagers” (educational information) to send to your reps about specific bills, or make your own and share it with us. Above all, keep up the fight! Freedom does not come freely.
‘Hello my Name is [________].
I live in [___________] and I am constituent of Representative/Senator [Rep/Senator’s last name].
I am calling today to find out the [Rep/Senator’s] position on [ Bill ## ].
- IF THEY SUPPORT THE BILL: “That is wonderful. Can I count on Rep/Senator [ last name ] to sign-on to the bill as a co-sponsor?”
<<If they say ‘Yes, to co-sponsor . . . ‘: — “Thank you so much for helping North Carolina patients and citizens to reform the law.” — [Go to Closing Statement]>>
— if they will not Co-Sponsor: “I understand [he/she] may not want to be a named sponsor, however, legal reform is very much-needed in our state. Can I count on the Representative/Senator to at least vote in favor of this bill, if it comes to the floor?”
<<If they say ‘Yes, to vote in favor of the bill . . . ‘: — “Thank you so much for helping North Carolina patients and citizens to reform the law.” — [Go to Closing Statement]>>
–If Representative is UNDECIDED or UNCLEAR: “As a constituent I support this legislation, especially after becoming educated and informed about the many social and revenue benefits of legalization . . . ….. …[Fill in your views here]”
“Can I send the Representative/Senator more information about this issue?” <<Get email address to send one-pager>>
“I will send you the information right away.” [Go to Closing Statement]
- IF THEY SAY they are OPPOSED TO THE BILL: “Can you tell me why the Representative is opposed to the bill?”
<<Listen to their response. >>
“As one of your constituents, I would like [Rep/Senator X] to support this Act because Prohibition has imposed to many costs and unfair burdens our North Carolina …….. … [Fill in your views] “
“Can I send the Representative/Senator more information about this issue?”
<<Get email address to send one-pager>> “I will send you the information right away.”
+=+=+ Your Closing statement +=+=+
“As one of your constituents, I want your office to be informed about why reforming our state’s existing law is so badly needed. We are falling behind the rest of the country. 28 states have recognized Prohibition is a failed policy. As a citizen, I believe that ending Prohibition will have a strong positive and healthy impact on our state, and it will be in many more ways than just millions of dollars of tax revenue — it will help to heal many citizens. I appreciate your time.”
/End phone call
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