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Be Kind This Thanksgiving

With everything that 2020 has thrown our way, this Thanksgiving is one unlike any other. Life can seem overwhelming at times because it is overwhelming at times. Even in tough times there are still many reasons to be thankful and there are always reasons to be kind, as virtually everyone is suffering somehow this year.

In addition to amazing family and friends, I’m definitely thankful for everyone that works to end the Drug War and bring more freedom and equality to the cannabis community. Cannabis legalization and drug policy reform measures won huge victories at the ballot box this year and I know firsthand how much work advocates put in to win statewide campaigns.

I also understand that the work to win those campaigns started many years before, as the advocates winning hard-earned victories today stand on the shoulders of the many giants who came before them. Some of the activists a lot of us know, like Jack Herer, Dennis Leary, and Dennis Peron. Some might fly under the radar like Debby Goldsberry and Oregon’s own Elvy Musikka. In addition to well-known names, there are so many people that have put in long hours and have sacrificed so much so that we can be in a position to pass meaningful reforms today.

Just as so many people have done great work without fanfare, so many people are suffering and traumatized without any visible signs to us. We can get caught up in our own lives too much (I’m certainly guilty of this) and we forget to check in on others, or have as much empathy as we should. This Thanksgiving, let’s be as thankful and has empathetic as possible.

Just a reminder, that Kind Leaf will be closed #Thanksgiving day so that the hardworking staff can enjoy the day with #Family and #Friends. Kind Leaf hopes that you enjoy your day and Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique will be open normal hours again on Friday! Come in and check out the awesome #GreenFriday and #SmallBusinessSaturday specials~#BeKind

Mainstream Media FINALLY Catching On: Cannabis Is Really Popular

Cannabis law reform advocates have been touting the growing public support for cannabis legalization, whether medically or recreationally, for several years now. Finally, the mainstream media is catching on, with headlines such as the AP’s “Americans across party lines, regions embrace marijuana” and NBC’s “Marijuana legalization is so popular it’s defying the partisan divide” out today.

Yes, the cannabis community won big at the 2020 ballot box, but this cross-party support has been evident for many years now. After years of Reefer Madness propaganda and disrespectful stereotypes, it does feel good to see that mainstream society has finally caught up with those of us that have been working to educate elected officials and the general public about the support we have to implement common sense cannabis laws.

It is extremely frustrating to see hard working entrepreneurs suffer under overly burdensome regulations, nonsensical restrictions, and a punishing tax code for absolutely zero reason. Throw in preposterous arrests and convictions across the country for cannabis, criminal proceedings that do absolutely zero good, and that frustration boils into anger.

Thankfully, there is plenty of hope as the frustration and anger of the cannabis community has turned into political advocacy that is really unlike any other issue of our day. An issue that does bring together both sides of a divided nation. The AP talked to a conservative South Dakota voter, who recognized how legal cannabis fits into his political ideology:

Bill Stocker could be considered the archetype of a conservative voter: He’s a retired Marine and former police officer who voted for President Donald Trump. But he’s also among the majority of South Dakota voters who broadly legalized marijuana this month.

Stocker, 61, said enforcing marijuana laws gets in the way of pursuing other drug crimes and called warnings about the ills of marijuana “a bunch of baloney” that even people in a Republican stronghold like South Dakota no longer believe.

South Dakota’s values of “personal responsibility and freedom” won out, said Stocker, who lives in Sioux Falls.

As NBC reported from Montana, medical cannabis patients and advocates have led the charge for more freedom by sharing the truth about cannabis:

The owner of a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries in Billings, Montana, credited passage of the recreational marijuana initiative to a years-long campaign by medical marijuana supporters to educate the public about the benefits of cannabis.

“There has been a considerable change in the political demographic because people are educated, because they know Aunt Margaret tried it for her cancer and she can eat,” said Richard Abromeit, owner of Montana Advanced Caregivers.

Advocates’ next goal is to get marijuana removed from a federal list of illegal drugs with no accepted medical use and high potential for abuse. The listing prevents labs from researching potential medical remedies using marijuana.

No matter where you stand on politics or culture, there is now a good chance that you support cannabis legalization or certainly have a loved one that does. As we move forward during these divided times, let’s do all that we can to reflect on what brings us together. Jack Herer is quoted as saying that “I don’t know if hemp is going to save the world, “but it’s the only thing that can.” Well, the cannabis community may not be saving the world, but we are at least doing our small part to bring the world closer together. And that’s something.