Cannabis companies launched a new campaign in November called Cannabis in Common that advocates making cannabis legal at the federal level. Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman kicked off the campaign with videos that pushed the message that it’s time for the U.S. Congress to change federal law on cannabis.
Currently, the federal government lists marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug on par with cocaine and heroin. Of course, it’s legal for medical use in 36 states and for recreational use in 19 (as well as in Washington DC and Guam).
In the initial video for the campaign, Rogen said that politicians won’t make a change until enough voters let them know they favor legalizing cannabis. He urges people to go to the cannabisincommon.org site, which has a simple form on its home page. It allows people to easily email their congressional representatives.
“We make contacting your elected officials easier than ordering a pizza,” the organizers of the campaign write.
Rogen Talks About Something We Have in Common
In the Cannabis in Common video, Rogen talks about recent surveys that have shown a majority of Americans support making cannabis legal. The latest Gallup survey found that 68 percent of Americans, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans, support legalization.
“Despite what you may have heard, Americans can actually agree on something. And that something is weed,” Rogen said. “Recent polls show that more than two-thirds of us now want to legalize cannabis.”
He added: “You know who can’t agree on anything, though? Politicians.” He noted that less than half of U.S. senators have come out in favor of legalization, and some have simply never said publicly where they stand on the issue. He urges people to contact their representatives and let them know they support legalization.
Silverman Talks About Social Justice
Silverman narrates an animated video released by the Cannabis in Common campaign. She also points out the fact a majority of Americans support legalization. She said that not making cannabis legal at the federal level means “we’re settling for laws” that disproportionately impact people of color, leave hundreds of thousands of jobs on the table and give up on tax money “that can go to education and other community investments.”
The facts back up all those statements. Studies have shown Black people in particular have a higher chance of getting arrested where cannabis is not legal. States have raked in billions in tax dollars and cannabis continues to create jobs everywhere weed is legal.
Of course, one obstacle legalization faces is President Joe Biden. He supports decriminalization of marijuana but stops short of backing legalization. He says he wants more research into the effects of marijuana.
But in the videos, both Rogen and Silverman urge people to do what they can to make cannabis legal now.
“Legalizing cannabis for good is long past due. But if we make enough noise, we can make it happen,” said Rogen. “The American people have cannabis in common. It’s time for Congress to join us.”