Steve DeAngelo is the co-founder of Harborside Health Center, the largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States, the national model, with more than 200,000 patients. DeAngelo also co-founded the nation’s first cannabis-testing facility, Steep Hill Labs, and the country’s first cannabis investment and research firm, The ArcView Group. Here are Mr. DeAngelo’s thoughts on the success of cannabis initiatives in the recent election.
In the midst of the most divisive election in living history the issue of cannabis reform has united voters across the nation. Yesterday [Tuesday] voters in eight out of nine states– Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota– approved reform initiatives. The grand slam of initiatives was the closest thing to a national referendum on cannabis the country has ever seen.
The margins of victory often exceeded the margin of victory in the presidential race. In a dramatic example of the appeal of cannabis reform to Trump and Clinton voters alike, Florida’s medical cannabis initiative carried with 71% of the vote. The only loss for the cannabis movement came in Arizona, where the NO campaign was heavily financed by the pharmaceutical manufacturer of Fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid painkiller responsible for Prince’s fatal overdose.
Cannabis won in the north and in the south, on the coasts and in the middle of the country, in red and blue states alike. No other issue this election cycle has come close to achieving the same level of bipartisan consensus. America needs cannabis now more than ever.
“Cannabis reform is coming just in time. Americans desperately need to heal, to learn how to treat each other more gently, to engage in harmonious dialog about our differences—and cannabis is tremendously helpful for all those things” – Steve DeAngelo.
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