The Need for Change
This past weekend Connecticut NORML was present at the 44th Milford Oyster Festival advocating for the reform of cannabis laws here in our state. The Milford Oyster Festival is the largest one-day festival in Connecticut drawing 50,000 people every year to this family-oriented event. Located in down-town Milford, CT, its main purpose is to promote civic and non-profit organizations, the local businesses of Milford and the downtown area as a destination through an event that celebrates the importance of the oyster industry that existed in Milford. Having the opportunity to reach out directly to the local community was beyond exciting for all of us in the cannabis community.
As you could imagine the event on the town green was electric. People bustling in and out of the various tents. The live music of Eddie Money and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band filled the air as people smiled and enjoyed the communal activities. We were overjoyed to have the ability to provide insight, answer individual questions and address any concerns that the public believe should be discussed. We are not afraid of what the future of cannabis can provide and neither should anyone else. Communication and transparency should be the best practice to garner the support needed throughout Connecticut.
While there is always a possibility of some people who are not interested in hearing the truth first hand, this should not deter the cause from attempting to reach people from all walks of life. The truly exhilarating experience, is meet people and having the opportunity to learn a little something about them. It’s even more fulfilling when you can imagine. You would be surprised how much we all have in common. This is why we love community building and bringing people together in hopes of creating new opportunity for people to succeed which could lead to fulfilling lives.
Thankfully the weather held out with only a few scattered showers toward the end of the event. There was support from fellow advocates coming throughout the day; helping with the education awareness, gathering support and showing that cannabis consumers are not different than anyone else. You never know who you know that might enjoy the cannabis experience. No one should feel ashamed of choosing a safer alternative to recreational substances. We will continue our fight to normalize the conversation. Cannabis is a plant, not the Devil’s Lettuce.
There are people out there without a voice that deserve to be heard. Will your voice be heard?