Vigil for Victims of Cannabis Prohibition – April 20, 2018

Sensible Minnesota is organizing a silent vigil at the Minnesota State Capitol to be held on 4/20/2018. Traditionally, this day is used for activists as an opportunity to “rally for the cause,” but given incidents like Philando Castile’s death and the tens of thousands of patients unable to access medical cannabis in Minnesota, Sensible Minnesota has decided this is our opportunity to show lawmakers the faces of those harmed by prohibition.


For each victim of prohibition, we will create a poster with their photo, name, and a brief description of how they were harmed by prohibition. These will be displayed around the rotunda on easels atop black skirted tables. Those harmed may include:


  • patients who have died or suffered setbacks due to restricted access to  medical cannabis;
  • individuals who have been killed by police or others while consuming or obtaining cannabis in the black market;
  • individuals who are or were unjustly incarcerated for crimes relating to cannabis prohibition; and
  • individuals whose lives have been significantly and negatively impacted by a cannabis-related criminal conviction or prohibition.


It is our goal to advocate for individuals harmed by cannabis prohibition. If you are interested in having your story told, please fill out the form below by March 31, 2018, or send Brandan Borgos a few short paragraphs about your story to be edited to fit the poster (no more than 200 words) and a high resolution picture at [email protected] by April 15, 2018.  


Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to making this a powerful and memorable event.


Photo/Testimonial Release

Please complete the form below to authorize Sensible Minnesota to use your story, picture, and likeness.

Please only include phone numbers and e-mail addresses where we may safely leave messages that identify the organization and your connection to it.
No more than 200 words
Please upload a HIGH RESOLUTION photo
I hereby authorize Sensible Minnesota to use my photograph, name, likeness, personal story and/or testimonial to further their mission to educate the public on the uses, benefits, and relative safety of cannabis; to support persons harmed by prohibition; and to advocate for sensible policy changes.

I understand that Sensible Minnesota may edit my submission for length, punctuation, and grammar, but will contact me for my approval if there are substantive changes needed prior to publication.

I understand that my photograph, name, likeness, personal story, and/or testimonial may be used in a wide variety of promotional materials including newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures, advertisements, fundraising letters, annual reports, press kits and submissions to journalists, websites, social media sites and other print and digital communications. I understand that I have the option to opt-out of the release of contact information.

I am aware I have the right to rescind my authorization for future uses at any time by emailing [email protected] with “Photo/Testimonial Release” in the subject line and a request to do so in the body of the email. I further understand that this may not be retroactive because of the nature of how Sensible publishes information.

By entering my name above, I acknowledge this is my electronic signature.

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