VEGAS CANNABIS // #702VCM //
TALES FROM THE CRIP
a patient's perspective
UNEASY RIDERS What the EFF, Jeff?!? What in the name of resinous THC nuggets are you playing at here? Were you out of town when the whole “more than 60% of America wants marijuana” thing went down? On January 4, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions went ahead and rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy guide which prevented federal money from being used to prosecute marijuana activity in states where it is voter approved (you know—legal). With a ham-fisted signature, Deaf Jeff succeeded in making a whole lot of law-abiding citizens…uneasy.
Opioids kill more people in an hour than marijuana has killed EVER, so pissing away federal money on marijuana enforcement instead of on opioid education and treatment will result in even more preventable deaths.
My word choice isn’t accidental, as “uneasy” does seem to be the best way to describe things these days. Dispensaries are not being shuttered, Federal Stormtroopers are not driving around in armored trucks and arresting every member of the Green Army that they encounter. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval read Jeff’s Proclamation and responded with a “Thanks, we’ll take it under advisement” (www.entrepreneur.com/article/307090). Sandoval went up a notch in my book with that statement, leaving him FIRMLY at Notch One. As a confirmed member of Generation X, I am both cynical AND jaded. For example, I accept without question that many, many politicians are more committed to feathering their nests than to actually following through on such silly things as campaign promises, or using common sense. Sure, both President Trump and Attorney General Sessions vowed up and down the campaign trail that they had bigger fish to fry than marijuana and its users yet here we are, being all uneasy and shit. So NOW what do we do? I am closer to being psychotic than I am to being psychic, but I see two things that are likely to impede our forced retreat to 1985. First off, there are more people today than ever before who want unfettered access to marijuana. I remember all of the people who I smoked with back in the day; it always amazed me how many people I knew who used pot and still managed to be happy and effective people, regardless of the Reagans telling us how terrible we all were. Well, it’s 30-plus years later, the Reagans are long dead, and all of those terrible stoners grew up and started voting! Let us not kid each other, marijuana users were not the biggest supporters of the Cole memo. The members of Congress had that market cornered! That’s another thing about politicians: once elected, they become addicted. Does John or Jane Congressperson really want to go and rejoin the working class? Of course not, so they try REALLY HARD to not piss off the electorate. Say what you will about marijuana, but it is still rather polarizing. Congress was more than happy to leave that hot potato
February 2018 Issue 41