Can we talk? I haven’t been doing much of that lately. Here, that is. Why not? Well, for starters, what most people accept as legalization I’d call grovelization. That cuts to the heart of the matter.
The curious case of the Empire State and its progressive-or-regressive-depending-on-who-you-talk-to governor Andrew Cuomo. MMJ “activists” vilify him for his failure to anoint the sick and dying as a privileged, weed-worthy group … yet Governor Cuomo may be more passionate about preventing racially-profiled arrests than anyone.
I didn’t consciously let State of Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry license #MMRB00244 lapse. But it did. A family emergency took me away from Colorado for a month — the time it takes between a physician certifying that you’re sufficiently frail to rate a red card and the registry rubberstamping your transmutation from person to patient complete. Strangely enough, now that I’me back in The Mile High City, I haven’t felt a pressing need to renew it. In fact, I’ve resolved not to.
Anyone who’s poked around Cannabis Commerce knows we’re convinced that pursuing patient rights state-by-state is in a league of one as the single dumbest mistake committed in the long and storied history of American activism. If we’re dead-set against patient rights, then what exactly are we for?
The legalization “movement” is crying out for someone to point the staff toward the Promised Land. Someone like Dr. Martin Luther King. If herbal rights proponents hope for legalization anytime soon, they would do well to replicate the tactics of individuals and movements that persevered through tremendous struggles to win their freedom.
This is exactly what I was talking about when I said big changes were coming. I’ve read one too many bulk emails from Steph Sherer and her patients-centric Americans For Safe Access. It’s all about the “patients,” is it? I think not! Not as long as I have something to say about it. As far as I’m concerned, a fight for patients rights is a fight against everyone’s rights.
While I resisted coughing up $6 for a bloody mary, my new best friends thought nothing of plunking down six times $4 for a constant supply of beer over the course of an NFL playoff game. They supplemented that with three of four shots of “Jack” at $4 a shot. That’s about $40 a game. But that was just the first game! I would have been on Cloud Nine with a $6 preroll.
Pro-pot, progressive-minded voters of NEO (northeast Ohio), are you envious of the tremendous legalization inroads made in pioneering states like Colorado? Well, with the benefit of a couple years worth of hindsight, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually improve upon legalization models developed by California and Colorado.
When I began writing Cannabis Commerce in the USAback in February, free enterprise — cannabis style — was in full swing. And things were really swinging in my neighborhood, South Denver, as it played catch-up to Santa Monica, CA, which had a head start and lots of forward momentum. It looked like the choke collar was off the industry for good.
If two million marijuana marchers are a wrought iron fence away from the White House bellowing, “Legalize it!” though bullhorns, then Obama can rightfully state it wasn’t his idea to “legalize drugs,” he was just reacting to the “will of the people,” per his presidential mandate.
Some patients are really, truly, chronically ill — and really, truly destitute. So, I’ll keep at my task, turning over rocks and finding pot-ential cannatax revenue. That won’t change. The difference is now I acknowledge that there are certain individuals who should never have to pay it.