In addition to the barrage of questions that customers ask regarding the effects of indicas, sativas and hybrids that I get as a budtender, there is another question that comes up a great deal when people come visit me at the bud bar. Yes, we have the damn gummies alright. I kid, but not really. What they ask is concerning how legalization will maintain under our current administration and whether or not, after all this progress, will there be someone who decides to take it all away from us? They usually pose it with a simple starting off point, “how about that Sessionshuh?”. Jeff Sessions may be saying all this nonsense recently about how good people do not smoke marijuana but is there really anything he is capable of doing to this industry?
The technical answer is yes, but it would not be easy, or worth it. When President Obama took office in 2009 he said that states can basically be given the right to decide on their own laws, marijuana being one of the first things that was taken advantage of by the citizens of Colorado. However, weed is still illegal at a federal level so what is to stop this clown from coming in and shutting everyone down? Well, nothing really, but there may be a few roadblocks. Consider all the money that is being spent by dispensary owners, edible companies, and private producers just to get this stuff to market for folks. They have rights too, and for someone to invest their entire livelihood into a business only to have the federal government change their mind is not very fair, it is not very American. Not to mention that citizens have voted for legalization. Bringing back cannabis prohibition could cripple a state’s economy. It is possible though. Marijuana is honestly, in my opinion, a very conservative issue as well and it is surprising that more conservative representatives do not get behind it. This is a topic that concerns state’s rights and money. It is an issue that concerns infrastructure at this point. What do conservatives like more than money? Maybe statues of confederate generals, but that is for another Confession.
Too many people are being affected by the legalization of cannabis to turn it around now and say it should all be re-criminalized. The entire west coast has voted that marijuana should be legal. We also have two states on the east coast, two in the center, and many more are going to be following suit very soon. Not to mention that the tax revenue from legalization is something many states are getting very used to. Small ski towns in Colorado are making upwards of one million dollars a month in sales tax revenue and that is only going up. Imagine what happens when Massachusetts, Maine, and California open the flood gates. As they say, a rolling stone gathers no moss. Pandora’s box of weed is open, and shutting it would be rather difficult. The larger states will be the example for the Midwest and the South to begin legalization movements and the sweet maryjane could possibly cure this nation of its debts in no time.