While we are still waiting on some states and races to finalize and certify the 2020 election results, enough votes have been counted across the nation to know that cannabis and positive drug policy reform measures were the big winners on the 2020 ballot. No recounts or lawsuits needed.
Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, and South Dakota joined the ranks of legalized states as Mississippi passed a medical measure (South Dakota also passed a medical law). Washington, D.C., passed a psychedelic decriminalization measure and the great state of Oregon shook up the world by legalizing medical psilocybin and decriminalizing personal possession of all drugs.
Once again, reforming the Drug War, especially ending the War on Cannabis, has proven to be a bipartisan or nonpartisan issue. It is time that our elected officials start representing the will of the people and immediately end cannabis prohibition and rolling back harmful Drug War arrests and prosecutions. Advocates, in the meantime must continue to pressure their representatives and policymakers while organizing efforts to pass more initiatives to take the issue directly to the voters.
It is beyond ridiculous that small craft cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf continue to have their progress hindered by discriminatory regulations and laws. The cannabis industry is creating jobs and generating revenue for Oregon and other states wise enough to end prohibition within their borders, but face too many obstacles such as a lack of banking services, exorbitant taxes, and a prohibition from utilizing state government services available to other businesses.
As usual for the cannabis community, and drug policy reformers, we can take some time to revel in our victories, but must plan on working even harder to achieve true equality. Each political and cultural victory means that we are one step closer. Step by step, the truth shall set us all free. Let’s rejoice in our gains and continue the work.
Support small businesses like Kind Leaf, whenever you can. When you support local companies, you ensure that your money stays in local communities like beautiful Pendleton, instead of moving out of state, or even out of the country. Please remember that Kind Leaf always has great deals to go along with the best selection in Oregon and discounts are available for seniors, veterans, and OMMP patients.