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Individual Strategy Memo:
The strategy memo is a briefing paper, written by a staff member (you) to the person you will be representing at the roundtable, analyzing the politics of the position that this person should take and also recommending particular tactics and strategy. Its purpose is to think strategically for your boss. The choices your boss makes — in terms of both style and substance — will depend on your assessment of the likely success of each option, but it will also depend on what goals your boss is trying to achieve from his position on the issue. Greenpeace, for example, wants to spotlight attention to environmental issues, while also maintaining or increasing its high-profile and membership internationally. While it is broadly against genetically modified foods, each decision about Greenpeace’s specific policy position and political strategy has implications for its potential supporters or coalition partners. How should it intervene in a particular issue, such as the Swiss referendum against genetic modification? Would it be better to use very theatrical protest actions, or to adopt a more compromising stance? Would particular frames be more resonant than others? Are there particular sympathetic coalition partners? The memo also has to take into consideration the kinds of opposition that may emerge, for example from the biotechnology industry. Should you try to adopt a position that may be more amenable to the biotech industry but may violate your core values? Is there a way to maintain your core values while still developing a strategy that will stand up to the strength, power, and money of pro-GMO groups?
Your paper should include a statement of goals, an analysis of the political environment (other stakeholders, venues, frames as well as your own organization’s resources), specific strategic recommendations (including the pros and cons), and a description of how your position and the tactics you’re advocating will contribute to your organization’s goals. You should also include the political reasoning for adopting the strategy (ies) you've chosen, the allies and the opposition that you anticipate (in terms of their arguments and political strategies.)
This memo should help you to think through the elements of a good political analysis: to define problems specifically, identify relevant actors and their various goals, specify an audience, and propose a strategy to accomplish your own goals. It should also help you to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of particular strategies: to assess alternatives, to meet likely attacks, and to anticipate the repercussions of your actions. As with the research memo, you do not need to cite the class readings directly, but making use of the ideas in relevant sections of the course will improve your paper.

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Our organization, DC Cannabis Campaign, needs to take up the critical issue of decriminalization of marijuana possession with immediate focus. We need to emphasise upon the government to pay attention and act positively: First, since the mere possession of limited quantity of marijuana cannot be regarded as a crime and secondly, it is increasingly being related to the issue of racial injustice. According to research, in 2014, DC had the highest per capita marijuana arrest rates in the country. Sadly, even though, African American and white individuals use marijuana at roughly the same rates, but, in 2010 black people in the district accounted for 91 percent of all marijuana arrests.   For this our organization needs to pursue five pronged policy including: creating public awareness about the issue; seek ballot on the Initiative 71 Legalization of Home Cultivation and Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014; extensive use of media including internet to formulate public opinion; encouraging slogans on ‘legalising’ to draw attention to drug reform policy; and finally, engage in multilateral cooperation with individuals, agencies, at domestic and international level to seek reform in the drug policy.   
Background and Argument
In the last century, with the rise of non-state threats, there has been intense global focus on the War against Drugs, and the “criminalisation of possession and use of drugs” has been the main focus for the illicit drug control. Thus, possession of marijuana, even in small quantities, has emerged as an issue of debate, because of the sharp rise in the number of   drug arrests in the country in last 20 years. According to the RAND report, “More than 80 percent of marijuana arrests are now for simple possession. The rate of possession arrests per capita rose...
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