This is not as weird as it sounds. NJWeedman (real name Ed Forchion) is a cannabis activist in New Jersey. He wants to overturn the ballot initiative that legalized marijuana in New Jersey. He wants this bad enough that he has sued New Jersey to overturn the initiative. It’s not for the reasons you think.
NJWeedman wants the state to open its dispensary licensing process and have regulations that the small ‘retailer’ of weed can both afford and understand. His desire is to have people of color who were the victims of cannabis persecution be able to open their own small stores. He believes the regulations will prevent this and calls it the “Walmartization of Weed” and he wants the little guy who was selling (illegally) over the years to have the opportunity to be included. He’s not wrong, at least in this writer’s eyes.
Regulations Benefit the Big Box Stores
It’s not just New Jersey. Too many of the states where cannabis has been legalized. have made regulations that make it easier for the “big guys” to come in (the “Walmartization”) and take over the industry. They can hire teams of lawyers to follow the regulations and just ignore the little guys who are just trying to make a living. The problem with this is the systemic racism it engenders.
NJWeedman also owns a 420 friendly restaurant that has a diner feel to it and I want to eat there!!! Also, here’s an article in Cannabis Culture about NJWeedman and what he’s doing to try to stop the state of New Jersey from cutting out the little guys who just want to start a little pot shop. LIke a little liquor store or wine shop.
We need this to happen nationally. I prefer to call it the “Galloization” of the weed market, but it’s the same. Big brands and big stores can destroy the little guy. What they need to know is they can both thrive together in a well run and regulated marketplace. For the state of New Jersey’s part, they’re claiming to be open to smaller operators. But…if they make the regulations too onerous and the licensing fees too high, they’re going to be in hot water with those who are supporting the illicit trade in cannabis.
Home growing is a contested issue for legalization in New Mexico. It shouldn’t be an issue at all.
Meanwhile, many New Mexicans in the northeastern part of the state are going to Colorado for their cannabis purchases. Soon in the western part of the state, Arizona will be their destination to get their cannabis products.
Who Doesn’t Want Cannabis Legalization In New Mexico?
The democrats, who control the legislature apparently don’t even want to discuss legalization in New Mexico. Why? Most, if not all the other legal states allow individuals to grow 6 or so plants for their own consumption. Most people won’t bother to grow their own mostly because it’s cheaper to buy cannabis in open and legal markets.
So what’s the big deal? Money. Plain and simple; Money. Legislators apparently feel the state will lose money if they allow home grow. It’s short-sighted, but they are politicians. They didn’t get elected for their brains in all probability.
Here’s an opinion piece by a New Mexican who believes in growing his own, which we also believe he should be able to do. Politicians are frequently short-sighted. They look only to the next election and really don’t think about how their efforts affect people.
Yet another story about how the minority refuses to accept the will of the majority. Minority rule is not what the U.S. is about. This is supposed to be a rule of the majority. However, the abolitionists just won’t give up. Can we call them sore losers? Autocrats? People who love a dictatorship? Who knows, but it’s clear they want their side to win, no matter what.
The election is over. Five (5!) more states legalized cannabis for medical and/or adult use; Montana, Arizona and New Jersey all voted for adult use cannabis. Mississippi voted in medical cannabis and South Dakota voted both medical and adult use on election day. South Dakota is a first. Legalization won in every statewide ballot. But there is still plenty of opposition to the legalization of cannabis. Cannabis opposition is working very hard to stop legalization efforts in some states and is filing suits to invalidate many of the initiatives that passed. Montana legalized adult-use (recreational) cannabis and there is a group that’s suing the state to repeal what the voters decided was the right thing to do.
South Dakota legalized both medical and adult-use cannabis and that was a first to legalize both at the same time. But the fight is still not over.
Cannabis and Alcohol Naysayers
There are still plenty of naysayers about cannabis. They spout a whole lot of rhetoric about the evils of the wicked weed. There are also many people who would like to see alcohol prohibition again. That number is astonishing at 20% or so. Yes, 20% of the population in the U.S. still believe alcohol should be illegal and consumption criminalized. It’s like they haven’t read history. It’s like they cannot think critically. Oh wait. They can’t. But this isn’t about alcohol. This is about legal cannabis and the people who are against legalization. They haven’t been reading either.
The anti-cannabis misinformation is always the same. Even when the research says legal cannabis does not increase accidents. Even when research shows us that teen use goes down, the misinformation that cannabis opposition trot out is the same old same old trope about legal cannabis increasing youth consumption. Why? Why do these anti-cannabis people have to trot out lies, innuendos and complete falsehoods that have been long discredited and believe they’re right. It’s a good question, but a difficult answer.
There are many things we should understand about this seeming contradiction, however I believe it boils down to control. They want to control you. They want to control me. And when they have control, they can rule and make others tow their line.
And here’s a funnier story: The governor (she doesn’t deserve a capital “G”) of South Dakota now states her belief that marijuana shouldn’t be made legal. Apparently she doesn’t believe in the people who voted for legalization. This was before the election where they population overwhelmingly voted to make cannabis legal. She apparently doesn’t believe in the will of the people and is fighting the law. And she ‘claims’ to be in favor of people deciding for themselves…at least when it comes to COVID. But not cannabis??? Give me a break. Perhaps the good people of South Dakota will give her the boot she deserves the next time she runs for election. And I have to wonder who paid for the ad. — South Dakota Governor Urges ‘No’ Vote On Marijuana Legalization Initiative In New Ad
Why Don’t These People Believe in the Will of the People?
This is just the tip of the iceberg. They are nay-sayers…just like horses and about as smart. Why, when it comes to what the people want, do they continue to oppose legislation and the bald faced facts. Some people just want to control. They would never say that, but it’s true. They want to control you. They want to control me. They just want the power of control. And making things legal that we’ve been gaslit about for a century, gives them control. They want your mind. They want your body as well. They will tell you they love you, but they don’t.
Fascinating story, even if a bit tongue-in-cheek. The Governor of Colorado asked the Governor of Texas to not legalize cannabis. Why? Because of the amount of revenue that the State of Colorado is getting from out-of-state visitors to the dispensaries. It’s too funny. Now if all the governors of all the states would say this, cannabis would become legal everywhere pretty quickly.
In this age, there’s absolutely no reason to not make adult use of cannabis legal. It’s way past time and we’ve been gaslit about this for over 100 years now.
Read the whole story here. It’s funny and it’s … there might not be a word for it in the English language!
I’ve been writing about the people who actually the write the regulations for legal cannabis markets over the U.S. and how their regulations can be onerous, vague, and not well thought out. And yet, here’s a ‘regulator’ who seems pretty intelligent and thoughtful about what the regulated market should be. Of course, she left the regulatory business and went into cannabis consulting where there’s a lot more cash to be made, especially by someone who can say they’ve been part of the regulatory framework in that state.
It seems to me that we need more regulators who understand regulatory environments and regulations that are designed to help growers, retail operations, and consumers and not just create regulations in favor of the state. The state is in the business of regulating and taxing…the taxing is most important…and they should make it easy or at least have a clear path to creating those tax dollars.
Here’s yet another article where a very Republican legislature in Michigan along with a Democratic governor have put their heads together with the Democratic minority in the legislature and crafted a bill that expunges marijuana only convictions in the state. This is happening in many other states as well. It’s about time that non-violent convictions for selling or even possessing small amounts of cannabis need to be expunged. It doesn’t need to be repeated that people of color have been the ones unfairly targeted by these laws and their convictions are nothing more than racial profiling.
More states need to do more about this. Indeed, even the Michigan law won’t automatically expunge convictions until 2023 at the earliest. But it’s a start. How about all the other cannabis adult-use legal states? They all need to step up to the plate and make this a real thing.
About 2/3 of the U.S. public supports legalization, They have begun to realize what was behind the original suppression of cannabis and then how the war on drugs was very blunt about the racist reasons that cannabis was made illegal. Why are some states still against it? The answer is pretty simple; Rule by the minority. It happens sometimes in the U.S. and alcohol abolition in the early 1900s was absolutely the work of a vocal minority, it lasted over 15 years and spawned the growth of many illegal enterprises that are still powerful today..think mafia. Has cannabis prohibition been any different?
Here are some reasons for the legalization of cannabis everywhere. Everywhere, including the rest of the world where there were some places you could be put to death for possession of less than an ounce! And they’re still out there.
I will welcome the time to come when we don’t have to write about legalizing cannabis and can concentrate on the growers, their strains and all the other fun stuff around cannabis.