Month: July 2021

Don’t Buy the Reefer Madness Nonsense About Cannabis and Crime

Just when you think that you have extinguished Reefer Madness propaganda point by point, the nonsense rears its ugly head again. After crime rates in the United States dipped to historic lows the past few years, we have seen an uptick over the last two. While crime rates were dropping while state after state legalized medical and adult-use cannabis, prohibitionists certainly didn’t want to give credit to legalization for lessening crime, but now it seems apparent that they want to try and blame cannabis, but if there is any widespread crime associated with cannabis, it’s caused by prohibition, NOT legalization. Yahoo News covered the most recent Reefer Madness emitting from Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee proclaiming that cannabis is ‘undoubtedly’ a factor in the city’s rise in violent crimes during a recent press briefing:

“Contee held the briefing after two individuals were shot near a restaurant in downtown D.C. A shooting also occurred outside of D.C.’s Nationals Park during a baseball game on Saturday, July 17 which left two people hospitalized with gunshot wounds and one injured. The shooters were never found.

“’We have taken on a mindset that marijuana is not really a big issue in our city,’ Contee said. ‘I can tell you that marijuana undoubtedly is connected to violent crimes that we are seeing in our communities.’

“’When you have something where people get high reward — they can make a lot of money by selling illegal marijuana — and the risk is low, the risk for accountability is very low, that creates a very, very, very bad situation, because those individuals get robbed,’ he added. ‘Those individuals get shot at. Those individuals get involved in disputes all across our city.’”

First of all, it is ridiculous that shootings where the perpetrators were never found are being tied to cannabis, with absolutely zero evidence that the substance had anything to do with the violence. Secondly, when Chief Contee brought up making a lot of money by selling illegal cannabis, that’s the result of prohibition, NOT the cannabis itself. Congress prohibits Washington, D.C., from establishing adult-use cannabis retailers, forcing people to turn to the illegal market. Congress needs to do its job by ending federal prohibition and allowing cannabis businesses access to normal banking services. That’s the real solution, but the prison-industrial complex and other special interest groups that have a financial incentive to maintain the federal war on the cannabis community will seek to exploit any news that they can to demonize cannabis. We must remain vigilant and keep speaking the truth about cannabis and the costs of prohibition.

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Proposed Federal Amendment Would Unleash Psychedelic Research

I’m old enough to remember some heartbreaking federal congressional votes on medical cannabis. The federal amendment prohibiting the federal government from prosecuting state-legal medical cannabis patients and providers took passed on the seventh attempt. While it’s easy to take for granted how far we’ve come and be impatient for the United States Senate to join their counterparts in the House in passing a bill to end federal prohibition, advocates may want to temper expectations a bit and practice patience, for their own sanity and to avoid burnout, if history is any guide. Double your mindfulness and meditation if you are expecting Congress to pass sensible psychedelics legislation, but thanks to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we’ve taken the first couple of steps on the journey. Marijuana Moment reported on AOC’s second filing of an amendment to allow federal funding of psychedelic research:

“Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal is especially notable given its focus on psychedelics—an issue that’s rarely been breached in Congress. Her measure would strike a longstanding rider, first enacted in 1996, that prohibits the use of federal funds for ‘any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I.’

“A description of the amendment clarifies that the intent is to allow ‘United States researchers to study and examine the potential impacts of several schedule I drugs, such as MDMA, psilocybin, and or ibogaine, that have been shown to be effective in treating critical diseases.’

“In 2019, a large majority of Democratic House members joined all but seven Republicans in a vote against an earlier version of the congresswoman’s amendment. But given the surge in state and local psychedelics reform efforts in the years since, it stands to reason that this Congress may take the issue more seriously.”

While it’s always disappointing to lose important votes, it’s all a part of the process towards educating legislators while changing the political calculations of elected officials by demonstrating public support, and most importantly, winning elections. Psychedelic research isn’t going to benefit the current special interests that fill up campaign coffers, so it’s going to take some time. Oregon voters passing Measure 109 to legalize therapeutic psilocybin therapy and Measure 110 to decriminalize personal possession of all drugs was a start, just as California kicked off a winning stretch for cannabis by passing the Prop 215 medical measure all the way back in 1996. As we win elections state by state, we can expect for those political victories and scientific advancements to resonate more forcefully throughout the halls of Congress.

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SAFE Banking Act Gets Key Support from Cannabis Legalization Sponsor

It was two steps forward, one step back for the cannabis community when Senators Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, and Ron Wyden introduced their legalization proposal, but Sen. Booker initially seemed to oppose the SAFE Banking Act and other more incremental reforms. While ending federal prohibition is certainly the ultimate goal, many of us remain adamant that incremental changes should not be set aside completely, following the old adage of “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

While we certainly need to remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and, at the very least, regulate cannabis similarly to tobacco and alcohol, two much more deadlier substances, cannabis businesses need access to regular banking services yesterday. Lacking access to bank accounts and other financial services particularly hurt small retailers like Kind Leaf who want nothing more than to provide quality cannabis at the most affordable prices possible. The extra fees and labor needed to comply with current federal banking laws unnecessarily increase prices for adult consumers and patients battling debilitating medical conditions alike. Thankfully, Senator Booker has just explained his position, announcing his support for the bipartisan SAFE Banking Act, as Yahoo Finance reported:

“Booker clarified his stance a bit to affirm his support for the bipartisan SAFE Banking Act, conceding it could be a sweetener to get moderates on board with more progressive reforms.

“’Don’t get me wrong, I support the SAFE Banking Act. I think it’s a phenomenal bill,” he said. ‘For me, a good bipartisan bill like the banking bill is a necessary sweetener to get people to move along on the equitable justice elements that are really critical.’

“Proponents of the SAFE Banking Act note that it has successfully passed the House four times with bipartisan support, but never made it to the Senate for a vote when the chamber was under Republican control. While the bill lacks an outright focus on restorative justice, advocates note that the bill does address issues around access to banking that impacts minority entrepreneurs and corporations alike. The bill’s co-sponsor in the House, Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D., Colo.), has also repeatedly warned that cannabis workers having to handle large amounts of cash remains a public safety issue.”

In addition to the extra costs that dispensaries incur, a lack of normal banking services increase the risk to employees and the local community. Anyone stating that they are concerned about public health at all should support the SAFE Banking Act as lives are literally at stake. Portland, Oregon, has already suffered the tragic loss of a budtender, we don’t need to lose any more good people for no reason other than the remnants of policies infected by Reefer Madness. Step by step, Congress needs to pass policies that end federal prohibition. Let’s start with the SAFE Banking Act as a common sense first step towards a sane and rational cannabis policy.

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Can Psychedelics Help Patients Combat Obesity?

Despite the “munchies” that cannabis can seem to cause, the evidence has shown that the cannabis community tends to be less obese than the general population. For those of us that continue to battle with maintaining a healthy wait, maybe psychedelics could potentially unlock the answer. While there is currently a lack of human data on the issue, there has been promising results from research on lab rats, and we can expect more studies to be conducted on a whole host of health issues, as psychedelic medicine follows a similar path as medicinal cannabis. Clive Ward Able, MD, a trained physician and pharmacist, discussed his research into the use of psychedelic compounds to treat obesity and optimize human health with Pharmacy Times:

“’The idea is that this has to come from the patient. If the patient wants help for it, this will be able to help them get to a place where they really want to be,’ Ward Able said. ‘But I’m not talking about every single obese patient, because there are a lot of obese patients who are happy the way they are, and they don’t necessarily want to lose weight. But there’s a large component of those, such as in depressed patients, who have certain triggers that get them to overeat or not to exercise, etc.’

Ward Able noted that the target of obesity treatment is not necessarily to bring every patient under a body mass index of 25. Instead, this treatment can hopefully allow patients to get to a healthier weight and maintain it, with an added sense of wellbeing that they may desire after losing weight.

“’This is where I think psychedelics can add to what is being done now,’ Ward Able said. ‘Psychotherapies are being used for the treatment of obesity or weight management, but people tend to fall back into their old behaviors again, although they do work. What I’m calling drug enhanced psychotherapy or psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy adds another facet to that psychotherapy, which should be able to instill much longer lasting positive behaviors, such as an improved diet, whether that’s quantity or quality, or within expenditure of energy, such as increasing your amount of exercise.’”

As Dr. Ward states, psychedelics could be a key to maintaining a healthy weight by helping patients deal with underlying issues such as depression, that are causing unhealthy life choices. With obesity impacting over 42% of American adults and over 8% experiencing depression, millions of people battling mental health issues and the corresponding weight gain, could benefit from psychedelics. With therapeutic psilocybin treatments less than two years away in Oregon thanks to the passage of Measure 109, we will soon have an abundance of evidence about the benefits of “magic mushrooms” and as the Measure 110 drug decriminalization law helps end the stigma around the use of all psychedelics, we will only see more research into how many of these psychoactive substances can help a variety of conditions. Stay tuned, as it is an exciting time for psychedelic medicine.

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In Historic First, United States’ Top Doctor Says Decriminalize Cannabis

Virtually no week goes by without the cannabis community taking a big step towards ending federal prohibition, whether it’s politically, culturally, or scientifically. It’s a good thing that we have the truth and common sense on our side as apparently each of these steps are necessary towards overcoming decades of Reefer Madness propaganda and the political influence of deep-pocketed special interests that benefit from mass incarceration policies that enrich the prison-industrial complex, from private prisons to drug testing companies. Now, making history as the first sitting United States Surgeon General to back cannabis decriminalization, Dr. Vivek Murthy says that it’s time to stop jailing people for marijuana, as Marijuana Moment reported:

“’When it comes to decriminalization, I don’t think that there is value to individuals or to society to lock people up for marijuana use,’ Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said in a CNN appearance. ‘I don’t think that serves anybody well.’

“Murthy was answering a question about a new draft federal marijuana legalization bill that was circulated last week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other top senators.

“While the surgeon general stopped short of endorsing full-scale commercial cannabis legalization, his comments do indicate support for an approach that would at least decriminalize low-level possession.”

Surgeon General Murthy isn’t exactly the very first U.S. Surgeon General as Dr. Joycelyn Elders backed legalization after serving in government, even keynoting the International Cannabis Business Conference back in 2016, as covered by the Sacramento Bee:

“The marijuana legalization advocate called for an end to federal policy that classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use – listed as worse than methamphetamine or cocaine.

“She called for increased federally sanctioned medical marijuana research and decriminalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use – as part of shifting resources from law enforcement to public health.

“’We know that prohibition laws did nothing but waste money, waste lives and destroy opportunities,’ said Elders, who decried racially disproportionate arrests and criminal sentences for marijuana and other narcotics. ‘It is not working. And marijuana has been the engine driving the drug war.’”

With various factors to hammer out legislatively, including taxes, social equity provisions, and criminal justice reforms, passing a federal legalization bill is going to be a tough slog, so we are going to need all of the ammunition that we can and the nation’s top doctor on board certainly won’t hurt. While the Surgeon General isn’t as famous as CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, so he won’t have the same impact culturally as Dr. Gupta’s evolution on the subject, the Surgeon General’s medical expertise should certainly help combat some fear mongering from prohibitionists. Another day, another step in the right direction in our fight for freedom and common sense, so I’ll take it.

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Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill Unveiled, Oregon Helping Lead the Way

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to unveil a cannabis legalization bill and he’s delivered on that front, along with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. The draft proposal is another step in the right direction for the cannabis community, but there is still work to be done to ensure that legalization is done right. Fortunately, those of us who understand the harm that Reefer Madness has caused our nation, we have never been in a stronger position to end federal prohibition while also ensuring that important equity provisions are included.

OPB spoke with Oregon’s Jesce Horton, founder and chief executive of LOWD:

“For Horton, legitimizing the cannabis industry will require direct focus on two specific aspects of legislation. The first is ensuring that people who have been the target of criminal prohibition of cannabis are released from jail and have their records expunged in ways that allow them the same opportunities as any other American. Second, the effort needs to also focus on providing paths for formerly incarcerated people and traditionally marginalized groups to establish small businesses in their communities within the framework of a legal industry.

“That means allowing the industry to connect with funding sources in America’s banking system — something that federal prohibition currently excludes cannabis businesses from doing — and establishing financial regulations that protect marijuana businesses both physically and fiscally.

“Horton points to the fact that consumers still have to use cash to make purchases as a barrier to legitimizing the cannabis industry. It also leads to unsafe situations for business owners and their employees to be easy targets of crime.”

Drug Policy Alliance, the national reform organization that has played a leading role passing important legislation across the nation, including Measure 91 and Measure 110 here in Oregon, issued a statement praising the Senate draft bill for including social equity, reparative justice and reinvestment. However, DPA’s Marita Perez noted that they are not entirely pleased with the language:

“To our dismay, the Senate draft contains exclusionary language that ended up getting added to the House-passed MORE Act last year that would continue to subject federal employees to drug testing and deny certain individuals—who have already paid the highest price—the opportunity to expunge their records. In order for this bill to truly end marijuana prohibition in a comprehensive way and begin to repair the egregious harms of the past, we cannot continue to make room for some to be left out because of laws that were unjust and racist to begin with. 
 
“We call on the House to remove exclusionary language from the MORE Act and swiftly pass the bill and implore the Senate to also remove this language ahead of bill introduction.”

Nobody said that changing Uncle Sam’s stance on marijuana was gonna be easy. It’s one thing to get a majority of politicians on board with the general concept of legalization, it’s another to hammer out the details when various special interests start flexing their financial and political power. However, it feels great to be on the precipice of finally ending one of our longest mistakes, the nonsensical notion that the United States of America, the Land of the Free, should wage a decades-long war against the nonviolent cannabis community. There’s more work to be done, but it’s good to take a moment to be pleased with freedom and common sense are on the march, shaking up the halls of Congress.

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California Psychedelics Legalization Bill Moves Forward with Changes

The legislative process is often compared to sausage making, something extremely messy and not something pleasant to watch. As a veteran of several lobbying efforts, I tend to agree, but it’s a necessary endeavor that, when done right, can improve and save lives. California Senate Bill 519, championed by Senator Scott Wiener, is a proposal followed very closely by Drug War reform advocates, so even though things can get ugly, we can’t take our eye off of another potential big swing against prohibition. After passing the full Senate, SB 519 has now cleared a major hurdle in the state’s General Assembly by passing the Committee on Health, but a few amendments have complicated matters on both legislative and activist fronts. Despite the complications, we can still count this progress as a win in our fight against prohibition.

Marijuana Moment covered important details on the landmark bill that would remove criminal penalties for adults 21 and over for the possession of many psychedelics such as psilocybin, DMT, LSD and MDMA:

“Now, as a result of changes approved by the latest panel, the bill includes language laying out the limits for what is an allowable personal possession amount for each substance. That’s led Decriminalize Nature (DN), a group that’s worked to enact psychedelics reform across the country, to call for the tabling of the legislation.

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“As passed in committee on Tuesday, these are the prescribed limits for personal possession that would be legalized:

-2 grams of DMT

-15 grams of ibogaine

-0.01 grams of LSD

-4 grams of mescaline

-2 grams of the controlled substance psilocybin or 4 ounces of a plant or fungi containing the controlled substance psilocybin.

-2 grams of the controlled substance psilocyn or 4 ounces of a plant or fungi containing the controlled substance of psilocyn

-4 grams of MDMA.”

David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Hemp Soaps, who is a major funder of drug reform efforts, including of Oregon Measures 91, 109, and 110, is urging advocates to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good and continue supporting SB 519. While I tend to defer to activists on the ground in the state at hand, I do wholeheartedly agree with Bronner. Holding up important legislation on the hope that a bill without any possession limits can pass is a risky proposition that will lead to more harmful arrests and convictions in the meantime. Such bills are also easy to demonize by opponents. For example, Oregon Measure 80 would have legalized an unlimited amount of cannabis in 2012, but voters rejected that initiative, but passed M91, which included limits, just two years later.

A sincere thanks to Senator Wiener and all of the activists doing the heavy lifting in the Golden State for Senate Bill 519. No matter what happens this legislative session, the progress thus far is really impressive and inspirational. This work will resonate forward and reverberate across state lines.

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Drug Czar Nominee Once Praised the Benefits of Medical Cannabis

“President Biden’s nomination of Dr. Rahul Gupta to be the first physician ever to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is another historic step in the Administration’s efforts to turn the tide of our nation’s addiction and overdose epidemic. Dr. Gupta brings firsthand experience as a medical doctor and public health official using evidence-based strategies to address the overdose epidemic in West Virginia. We hope he will be confirmed by the Senate soon,” statement from the White House.

The new White House Drug Czar nominee, Dr. Rahul Gupta, once was a member of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, helping oversee the state’s medicinal program, where he stated that, “The Board is part of a transparent and accountable process critical to ensuring a comprehensive system that will help citizens suffering from debilitating diseases like cancer.” If confirmed, Dr. Gupta will be the first medical doctor named U.S. Drug Czar as well as the first to have ever played a role implementing a state medical cannabis program. This is just the latest sign that cannabis has moved mainstream and that our nation is slowly starting to understand the need to move towards a health-based approach on drugs, instead of a criminal approach.

The Washington Post reported on the naming of Gupta, noting that harm reduction advocates have had their issues with the likely future Drug Czar:

“The three-decade-old drug policy office — which was created with the support of Biden, who coined the term ‘drug czar‘ in 1982 — coordinates national policy around fighting substance-use disorders, including the response to an opioid crisis that has worsened during the pandemic. For instance, police reports in Montgomery County, Maryland’s most populous county, show that fatal opioid overdoses are up 33 percent, and nonfatal overdoses are up 57 percent this year as of the end of June, compared with the same period in 2020.

“Gupta has publicly warned that the pandemic probably exacerbated addiction-related public health problems, citing the shift from in-person care. ‘When those services are either shut down or turned into virtual services, more people can be denied those services and that only leads to more suffering,’ Gupta told Sinclair Broadcast Group in a news report broadcast this week.

“Gupta, an ally of Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), has been favored for months to take the role of drug czar, but he faced resistance from some anti-addiction advocates, who argued he did too little to ensure safe-needle exchange during a 2017 HIV outbreak in West Virginia.”

Filter got the scoop four months ago that Gupta was going to be tabbed Drug Czar and reported on criticisms from local advocates:

“While Gupta earned accolades for his overdose efforts, public health and harm reduction experts question his response to another urgent health crisis plaguing West Virginia: the spread of blood-borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis.

“Facing the known risk of a massive viral outbreak linked to syringe sharing, Dr. Gupta put politics above the health of vulnerable and stigmatized people, public health experts say.

“In 2015, when Gupta took office, the CDC found that half of West Virginia’s 55 counties were at risk of an HIV outbreak due to a lack of sterile syringes available for people who use drugs. West Virginia also had the highest rate of hepatitis C infections in 2015. Today, West Virginia is experiencing multiple HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks. The CDC’s grim assessment of West Virginia years ago has materialized, but experts say it didn’t have to.”

As Marijuana Moment noted, the Reefer Madness prohibitionists at “Smarter” Approaches to Marijuana had hoped that President Joe Biden would name their co-founder Patrick Kennedy as Drug Czar, so drug policy reform activists, especially those prioritizing sensible cannabis policies, should be relatively pleased with Dr. Gupta’s nomination, all things considered. This nomination seems like it’s two step forwards, one step back for all of us fighting the failed Drug War, and knowing the history of the office and the previous positions of the current president, it’s good to take a positive step in the right direction overall, but we must remain vigilant, regardless of who is in office.

Celebrate Your 7/10 Holiday with Kind Leaf

While the 4/20 cannabis holiday is much more well-known, connoisseurs of concentrates and extracts have been celebrating all things cannabis oil for nearly a decade now. While it may take a while for mainstream society to catch up to July 10th, like they have April 20th, the more popular cannabis gets with the general public, we can expect the general public to catch up sooner or later. Until then, the cannabis community gets to have a more secretive celebration. The good folks at Leafly have provided a nice primer for the new holiday:

“’710′ is the number associated with cannabis oils and extracts for the plain and simple reason that if you turn the number upside down, it looks an awful lot like the word ‘OIL.’ (Go on, try it on a calculator, just like how you used to type in 5318008 in math class and then giggle with your friends when you turned it upside down.)

“Unlike the 4/20 holiday and celebrations, the 7/10 holiday is a recent phenomenon with debatably vague origins. 710 celebrations were first noted in 2012 (but may have occurred earlier than that), with the 7/10 Cup celebrating the various types of cannabis extracts and oils. When Colorado and Washington legalized cannabis, this helped normalize the use of cannabis extracts and increased the availability of oils and dabs on the cannabis market.”

Whatever the type of cannabis that you prefer, Kind Leaf should be your go-to spot for your 420 and 710 needs. With the best selection in the Great Northwest and a knowledgeable staff, Pendleton’s premier craft cannabis boutique can take care of you. This week, get 15% off of Sunshine Oil Extracts and 30% off of both Reggies Extracts and PAX Pods. As always, there are great prices on great brands such as Oregrown, Beehive Extracts, Quantum Alchemy, and more. If flower is what you desire, this week’s deals include 15% off of Paradise Circus and Wizard of OG, while you can enjoy paying 30% less for Citrus Sap, Sweet Tartz and Turpee Slurpee. For your infused edible pleasures, Wyld Chocolate Singles and Estaweeda Granola are discounted 15%, while Muru Cannamixers and Happy Kitchen Chocolate Bars are 30% off. And if you are a military veteran, OMMP patient, or senior citizen, be sure to get your discount as well.

Happy holiday, everybody! Please celebrate safe and responsibly and thank you for supporting small Oregon businesses that give back to our local community and help fund much-needed services and programs.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Delivers a Knockout Blow Against Cannabis Testing

On the heels of the nonsensical suspension of future Olympic medalist Sha’Carri Richardson (gonna go ahead and put that out in the universe), the Nevada State Athletic Commission got on the right side of history by ending any punishment for out-of-competition cannabis use by boxers and mixed martial artists. Technically, the regulatory body is still going to test for cannabis for six months for data collection purposes and still prohibits athletes from being under the influence while competing, but for all intents and purposes, they have rightfully swept Reefer Madness-inspired rules into the dustbin of history. With the Florida State Boxing Commission already making this move in May, California and New York barely punishing fighters for cannabis, and Las Vegas hosting a majority of the biggest fighting events in the U.S., combat sports have effectively moved past prohibition.

ESPN covered Nevada’s move:

“‘We should always be at the forefront of these issues,’ NSAC chairman Stephen J. Cloobeck said. ‘I believe it’s warranted and merited since it is legal in this state. … I think we need to jump forward, being the leader as we’ve always been.’

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“The commission was given the leeway to make the decision to not discipline for marijuana via a memo from Nevada Senior Deputy Attorney General Edward Magaw, who was at the meeting. Magaw said that the vote will represent a change in policy immediately and will later be reflected in the commission’s written regulations.”

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Marijuana in sports has been in the news lately. Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended for a month by the USADA for a positive marijuana test and was rendered ineligible to compete in the Olympics in her signature event, the 100 meters.

With the immense support that Sha’Carri Richardson has received, I fully expect that by the 2024 Olympics, the biggest international athletic competition will have join the fighting world, the NBA, and the NFL with sensible cannabis policies, but it’s up to us to keep the pressure on. Myself, I won’t be watching track and field competitions this year in solidarity with Richardson, who should be challenging for a gold medal this year, instead of waiting a few more years. Thank you, Nevada regulators, policymakers, advocates, and voters, that made this move possible. Step by step, punch by punch, freedom and common sense are on the march.

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