Change can start with you! Here are a few ways to take action in your community:
Join or create a community coalition. Through active participation in a community coalition, you can come together with concerned neighbors, determine effective strategies, and most importantly, have a collective voice in your community that can powerfully shape public opinion.
Advocate for laws that protect youth. Policymakers listen to community members. Make your voice heard by writing letters or appearing as a spokesperson to support legislation that protects youth, such as limiting marijuana outlet density in your community. Go to http://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/ and enter your address for a list of your representatives.
Write letters to the editor and guest editorials. Write your concerns about marijuana and its impact on youth in a letter to the editor or a guest editorial for your local paper or news site.
Educate your friends and family. Talk with your friends, neighbors and family about the issues. Share the research to help dispel myths and protect youth.
Promote extracurricular activities. Youth who have access to alternative activities like sports and after-school programs are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Support local organizations that provide a healthy forum for youth, or create fun, alcohol- and drug-free social activities for youth.