Prohibitionists and Racism

Cannabis prohibition and racism are deeply connected since the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Henry Anslinger, the architect of cannabis prohibition, was incredibly racist and used that position to demonize cannabis and make cannabis consumers out to be dangerous.

While overt racism has declined sharply in prohibitionist circles, remnants still surface from time to time. Some of the leading prohibitionists continue to make dog whistles and interact with known white supremacists.

The above screenshots show Alex Berenson interacting and wanting to work with a known Canadian white supremacist. Additionally, in his book, he makes dog whistle comments about the Black Lives Matter movement and how it makes policing “difficult”. By this, it can be implied that cops need to think about their actions before they shoot unarmed African-Americans in the back.

Other prohibitionists make statements that downplay the role cannabis played in non-European cultures and see it as an “invader” to Western-European culture.

While I have previously briefly mentioned cannabis’s influence in a previous post, the above posts completely dismiss the achievements and importance of Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, and Middle-Eastern cultures in the development of modern society. Those statements make it very clear their position of Western-European(white) centrism to the development modern society; which is the definition of the belief of white supremacy.

Whenever we encounter these disgusting views, they need to be immediately called out. Suggesting someone is less human due to the color of their skin or the place of their birth is a backwards view that needs to come to and end for us all to come together and make a better world for ourselves.

Cuomo On Marijuana Legalization in 2020: I mean it this time (?)

Today was the annual State of the State address by Governor Cuomo. During the address, Cuomo again vowed to legalize marijuana in 2020.

I’m pleased that he mentioned it and that it is still publicly a priority for him, however, as I discussed in 2 previous posts 2019 was not a successful year. I will remain very skeptical of this until I start to see actual progress on the issue.

The MRTA is still in both chambers or he could try to stick something in the budget again. I’m hoping that the $5.4 million in 2 day sales in IL will make it more attractive, as NY will most likely surpass that number based on population.

The couple things going against success will be the Long Island 6 who held out. Also, on the operational side, there are very few licensed medical dispensaries. In order to make it happen, there would need to be a a momentous shift to allow flower to be sold and expand retailers that could be licensed.

Here’s to hoping there is a positive outcome of the 2020 legalization session!

Happy New Year! IL Sales started!

Bit late to this as I have been busy with family stuff. However, IL started recreational sales on Jan 1st, 2020 and have outdone first day sales in MI.

According to this article, IL has done $5.4 MILLION in sales in the first two days!

If only NY got their act together and legalized, I’m sure our numbers would have surpassed that. Here’s hoping we get the chance in 2020!