I recently rewatched the tv show “Crazy Ones.” It was a one season series starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller as advertising execs. In the first episode, Geller explains the Apple “Think Different” campaign is what inspired her to follow her father’s footsteps in advertising.   If you have never watched it I highly recommend the commercial. The copy of it reads:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

The campaign was from Rob Siltanen and was the first campaign for the company after Steve Jobs returned as the man in charge. What a welcome back. The man who had been fired from his own company, managed to form a new company, get acquired by his old company, and take back the reigns, and go on to change the way the world interacts in the next few years.  Talk about a “crazy one.” I was thinking about that commercial tonight, not just because of the show, but because someone inadvertently called me crazy. In a conversation, a fellow politico made the statement the that “anyone that wanted to legalize marijuana was crazy.” I was at someone else’s event so I chose not to engage at the time, but I thought what an honor it is to be called crazy. I mean we are crazy. Have you met Ann Lee? If you haven’t you should. And I bet you’ll think she is crazy. Crazy awesome. A woman in her 80’s and lifelong conservative activist that is spending her golden years traveling around telling people about the evil of prohibition. Shortly after her and her husband, Bob,  formed Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) Bob passed away. For many, you’d think that would have been the end of her efforts but yet this octogenarian was just beginning. Here she is just a couple months after Bob died giving a fiery testimony before the Texas House committee:     Some would look at that and say she is crazy. Good. That crazy lady is a part of changing things and saving lives. It is the passion that others call crazy that attracted a team of people across the country to her and her efforts. There are plenty of marijuana groups out there, but her and Bob created one that drew in what was called the fringes of the Republican party not too long ago. In that short time, we’ve seen Texas pass a very incidental CBD only medical marijuana bill, pass a legalization bill, decriminalization, and strong medical marijuana bill out of the Texas House committees, and make expanding medical marijuana a part of the Texas Republican Party platform. RAMP has been a small part of all of that. Not to mention the work our state groups around the country are forming. Yea, that’s a lot of crazy and it is going to take a lot of crazy people to make the changes we need. RAMP is consistently reorganizing and trying to find new ways to get involved and bring new people on board. We work with people across the spectrum of the marijuana reform movement. Some support medical, some recreational, some decriminalization, and some legalization. We welcome them all. And if you’re reading this we welcome you as well. If you’re crazy enough then come on and join us. And if you want to know more of our story make sure to check this out.