Here’s what true at the moment:
CANNABIS KEEPS WINNING
Five states put rec re-legalization on the ballot. Four of those — California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — chose to legalize the use and possession of cannabis for adults, provided the state collect a tax. The fifth jurisdiction — Arizona — declined to join the future. Now eight states plus the District of Columbia allow rec cannabis.
Four more states — Florida, Montana, North Dakota and Arkansas — now allow medical use of marijuana (in the face of cannabis’ schedule 1, no medical use, classification). Cannabis as medicine is now the majority position in the law. That means more people say this is good than say it is bad. That’s significant.
Cannabis is now legal on both coasts, and medically legal in one place along the Mississippi River. Cannabis prohibition is falling apart. It can’t do so fast enough.
The election of Donald Trump is America’s version of the Brexit vote in the U.K. There will probably be similar results in upcoming European elections. The world is in an “I’m afraid to try something new” phase, crying instead, “But I’m good at killing!” This will pass. The change now happening is organic, coming from the roots up. That’s real change, not some cosmetic alteration forced from above. Unfortunately, organic change takes longer to show any effect.
That said, how long will the basket of deplorable wait before demanding their candidate deliver on his boasts and promises? Six weeks? Six months? And when he can’t . . . . And to women and Muslims and minority citizens — for what it’s worth, sorry for what’s probably coming. For a preview see the history of Germany, say 1925 – 1939. The parallels are scary.
Focusing directly on cannabis, we need to anticipate some people who maybe don’t like you and me — Rudy Giuliani comes to mind — being in positions of power. Chris Christie will probably need President Trump’s first pardon. We have no choice but to play the cards we have been dealt. What can’t be avoided should be embraced. The alternative to run and hide is unacceptable.
As we emotionally and intellectually ready ourselves for this next round of the fight, let’s promise:
WE DON’T BACK UP — NOT ONE INCH
WE KEEP GROWING THE CHANGE
WE WILL FIND POWER IF WE STAY TOGETHER
NOW IS THE TIME
And work fast. There may be a real shit-storm on the way.
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