Why The Hate? – Just Educate, Regulate, and Medicate

What the hell is going on with the legalization of marijuana in the United States? It’s crazy when you look at it. There are 50 states in the United States and of those 50 states 26 of them have medical marijuana laws in place that will allow a small handful of individuals with certain qualifying conditions to have legal access to marijuana-based medicines. Of those 26 states, there are four states that also allow for the adult use of cannabis and most of them also have establishments where adults over the age of 21 can walk in and buy their weed. So as you can see it’s a nation divided.

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The sad fact is the majority of the other 24 states in the United States would like to join the others and also allow legal access to cannabis some for medicinal purposes others for both retail recreational and medical purposes. Despite over half of the nation already legalizing cannabis in one manner or another and there being countless amounts of research data proving that marijuana is a medicine the government still has not changed its classification on the Controlled Substances Act to reflect its medical properties. Meanwhile, there are people dying whose lives could have been saved by cannabis. The government has also continued to turn a blind eye to the fact that the majority of United States citizens would like to see the prohibition of cannabis come to an end just so they can continue profiteering off of the suffering of Americans.

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Activists, medical marijuana patients, and cannabis consumers across the country will not stop until their viewpoints are properly represented by the government and laws are changed. This means that the fight will continue across the board to legalize cannabis in every remaining state not just for medical but also for recreational purposes. The sad thing is even in states such as Colorado that have a medical and recreational marijuana market people are still having to fight to keep what they already had to fight to get.

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In Pueblo Colorado, there is a group spreading misinformation, flat-out lies, and propaganda in hopes of shutting down retail marijuana facilities in the county. They are making false claims and ignoring the fact that the county received millions of dollars due to retail marijuana, not medical marijuana. This group received enough signatures to place their petition on the ballot in November. We can only hope that people understand the benefits that the retail market offers Pueblo County and they vote for the better good of the city’s future. 

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Pueblo is not the only County though that is having to fight to retain the right to cannabis products. Every retail marijuana consumer in the state of Colorado is also now having to fight for their right to obtain average potency cannabis as there is a group petitioning to reduce the potency of retail marijuana products so that they cannot exceed 16% THC. If this petition was to make the ballot in November and voters were to vote it into law it would basically annihilate the retail marijuana market in the state. A cap on potency would basically eliminate all cannabis concentrates and edibles from the retail marijuana market which makes up a substantial portion of revenue from retail sales.

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So as you can see the fight is still going strong. I am choosing not to battle anymore, though, I simply hope to educate and through education I hope that people will make the right decisions when it comes to legalizing cannabis and ending the draconian drug war that has plagued our country for far too long.

Article courtesy of Expert Contributor: AshleyP from Marijuana Writers (MarijuanaWriters.com@MarijuanaWriter)

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