Let’s legalize cannabis, now. Our country needs healing, and cannabis can help. Too many people have had to suffer bizarre criminal consequences for using an herbal remedy. The time is past due, but things will improve for millions of people when we finally get it done.
Cannabis has a calming effect. Our nation is on edge, rattled to the core and we can’t seem to get our foot off of the gas. Some people really need to relax, and some heavy dose edibles could be just the thing.
Cannabis can make us introspective, and the path to a better future is going to require some self-reflection. Cannabis is a great complement to numerous therapeutic activities: hiking, making art, stretching, etc. We need new beginnings to help us to grow into a more hopeful and emotionally intelligent culture.
We don’t need free weed, we just need to free the weed.
One big and bold action that will help millions of people over night.
The numbers are on the side of legalization. Not only will we immediately create new legal markets, but we will enhance the functionality of the already existing legal market. All of the people who have fought an uphill battle to comply with the bizarre and contradictory rules of States with legal cannabis operating under a federal ban will be able to fulfill their dreams. Federal legalization would reward the good faith efforts of those entrepreneurs brave enough to take a risk and enter into regulatory cannabis to help provide safe and legal cannabis to the people of this country.
Let’s do it for our economy, do it for the health of our citizenry, do it for the cultural healing we need. Let’s legalize cannabis, now, and we will rebuild our country with a brighter greener hue.
During the pandemic, the cannabis plant and the industry surrounding it have become more valuable than ever before. State by state, we are creeping towards federal legalization as the evidence continues to grow in the places where it already has been made legal for recreational use. Legalizing weed is the most SENSIble thing to do. With one stroke from a pen, a switch would flip that could empower hundreds of thousands of people with work, liberate tens of thousands from incarceration, and would potentially provide all of us with the therapeutic tools we need to heal and grow stronger.
Canada legalized recreational cannabis with the Cannabis Act in 2018. Mexico in on the verge of passing their legalization bill. Just as California couldn’t stand by and watch Colorado capitalize on legal weed, it seems beyond inevitable that the US as a whole will finally abandon its stance against cannabis as history continues to show that legalizing cannabis is not just an experiment, but a full-fledged transformation of global drug policy.
Cannabis users who have experienced legalization may have varying views of what legal weed looks like for the people who care most about the plant, but there is a widespread consensus among its advocates that cannabis is a beneficial plant and that making access to quality bud safe and affordable would be a good thing.
When will the US recognize its potential for leadership in the embrace of cannabis and hemp products? If cannabis is federally legalized, will that speed up the process of incorporating hemp commodities into our agricultural and industrial plans? When will we see the ascendency of Hempcrete as a building material? How soon can we phase out plastic and replace it with hemp alternatives?
These questions have urgent importance, and the more we elevate the topic as a priority the sooner we can start working on these powerful problem-solving practices. It is perhaps understandable that people are still resistant to legalization as it shows the power of the anti-drug campaigns that have ideologically backed the drug wars. If you didn’t have personal experience with cannabis, it might still seem like a dangerous or negative thing.
The truth is, cannabis is beneficial to many many people.
When you listen to leaders in the cannabis space, a common story you hear is one of conversion through injury or illness. Oftentimes, these folks will have been extremely conservative people who were anti-cannabis and believed the propaganda against the plant. After being recommended cannabis to deal with seizures, pain, or the side effects of chemotherapy, a great number of people have converted to become stoners who sing the praises of the plant and advocate for it.
One of these people was Jack Herer. He is one of the most iconic examples of a conservative converting to cannabis after trying it for the first time in his 30s. Herer opened up a head shop and started researching cannabis and hemp and became a spearhead for legalization. His book The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a cornerstone work in the legalization movement. Herer became one of the legends of cannabis during his time and he started out starkly against the plant as a Goldwater conservative.
Just as Jack Herer changed his mind about cannabis, we have seen a major shift in attitudes. The more states legalize cannabis, the less the stigma against cannabis users is able to stick, and lots of people you may not have thought were cannabis users have stepped out of the closet. We no longer see cannabis use in the same way. We are getting experienced. Jimi Hendrix would be proud.