October 11, 2022

Dear Supporter,

As the  November elections get closer we wanted to take this opportunity to remind our supporters how they can help make a change in their communities. Small actions and small donations can make a big difference if enough people participate. 


Why it Matters:

The marijuana industry has millions of dollars to spend on lobbying for policies that benefit their industry.  Why wouldn’t they?  Most other industries do the same thing whether it’s pharmaceuticals, tobacco, or alcohol.  Many industries use a portion of their business proceeds to lobby for policies that benefit them.  As a voice for protecting kids, the problem is, we don’t have profits from an industry to finance work for needed changes.


What you need to know:

According to OpenSecrets, a nonprofit research group that tracks political spending, $4.5 million was spent on marijuana lobbying in 2021, for 23 clients. Of the 106 lobbyists funded 56% were former government employees. The fact that so many government employees move from regulating the industry to representing the industry is one reason why it is so important to educate government officials, at all levels, about the dangers of youth use. 


What you can do:

Learn the facts.  Do some research. Know a few published facts and where to find them, to support your argument.  For marijuana industry statistics look to your state regulator, that might be the Department of Revenue. For youth use rates look to your Department of Health or Department of Education.  Don't make up or exaggerate statistics as it weakens your credibility and could be used against you later.

Start with changes that affects your community directly.

Marijuana-free zones requiring:

  • 1,000 feet from schools, preschools, daycare centers and youth-serving facilities
  • 1,000 feet from public parks and recreation centers 
  • 1,000 feet from residences
  • Limit outlet density and total number of licenses
  • Limit hours of operation
  • Limit industry advertising: no outdoor or billboard advertising
  • Require local enforcement and regularly scheduled compliance checks of age restrictions
  • Require tracking of adverse events such as underage purchases through mandatory reporting by licensees

Communicate with your local officials, email them, go to city council meetings, speak at council meetings (most have a time for short general public comments).  Attend town hall meetings with your state House and Senate representatives.   Email and or speak with them and let them get familiar with you.  There is usually a relatively small audience at these events so you can make an impact with just a few appearances.  Always be courteous, to the point, and offer facts and suggestions not just complaints.   A short personal story is also a great way to communicate the need for action from them.


Communicate with your U.S. House and Senate representatives also. There are baseline policies that should be implemented at a national level as more states are legalizing recreational use.

  • Child resistant packaging 
  • Restrict kid friendly types, shapes, flavors and product branding
  • Universal THC warning symbol
  • Potency cap, -standardized serving size and -limits on total amount of THC per package
  • Labeling disclosures of chemicals and solvents used in production
  • Standardized government health and safety disclosures
  • Presale product testing and -recall authority
  • Restrictions on advertising to include use of cartoon characters, social media influencers under 25 years of age, celebrity branding, and false or misleading statements
  • National reporting of violations along with -significant fees and penalties
  • Mandatory data collection and reporting
  • Funding for nationwide public awareness


After 9 years of advocacy, we have boiled our strategy down to 4 pillars of action: transparency, education, empowerment and policy change.

An example of making change through grassroots efforts


The Problem: 2022 -Denver’s 420 festival, a commercial event for the marijuana industry, welcomed all ages.

Question: Do kids cut school on 4/20?

Answer:  Data showed Denver Public High School attendance is 42 % lower than average when 4/20 falls on a school day.


Educate and Empower:

Social posts reached 15,000 supporters and coalition partners with 401 signing our petition, which was shared with city officials and festival sponsors. We had a press conference and wrote an op-ed that was published. We were also fortunate to have the Denver Gazette editorial board come out with a strongly worded position against the festival.


Policy Change:

Before April 20 we had made a difference with:

Retracted messaging from the City of Denver on their twitter page

MED issuing a compliance bulletin reminding licensees of the law 

A commitment to age restricted attendance in the future -Denver Post article                               

This process from start to finish was less than 3 weeks!  We stayed true to our mission of protecting kids.


“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

-Abraham Lincoln

Facing the marijuana industry is a daunting task but small acts can make a difference in the lives of our kids.  It is never too late. There will always be a next generation that needs to be protected from an ever changing commercialized market.


Join One Chance to Grow Up in our continued fight to protect kids. Be mindful that the marijuana industry and products are evolving very rapidly. It is more important than ever to share and inform others about the dangers of high THC marijuana products so that we can continue to protect kids through transparency and policy change.


Check out THCPhotos.org for current updates of today’s available products in states where THC is commercially available. Please visit our website if you would like more information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Thank you for your care and support in better protecting our kids. 

The One Chance Team


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One Chance to Grow Up protects kids from today’s marijuana through transparency, education, empowerment and policy.  We don’t take sides on the politics of legalization for adults but instead serve as a reliable resource for parents, media, policymakers, and all those who care about kids. 

Started by concerned parents and supported entirely by charitable contributions, One Chance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.


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