Recently, state-legalized marijuana has been under fire from the new White House. There has been general pushback against marijuana being legal on any level from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In the past, he has also said “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” and that “we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized… that it is in fact, a very real danger.”
More recently, Press Secretary Sean Spicer made comments during a daily briefing that also has marijuana advocates on edge. He began by legitimizing the necessity of medical marijuana (sort of). Then, he began criticizing recreational use and state legalization.
There’s a big difference between [medical cannabis] and recreational marijuana, and I think when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people…
There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.
Although Spicer’s comment highlighted the difference between medical marijuana and recreational, both are illegal according to federal law. If the federal government decides to threaten state’s rights to legalize marijuana, all marijuana use is threatened.
NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) begin working right away to protect marijuana users’ rights. They have created a form that allows marijuana supporters to send an email to their House member and urge them to support new legislation HR 975, “The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.”
The act was recently reintroduced by Representative Dana Rohrabacher and six other Republicans and six Democrats. It prevents the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specifically related to the use and sale of marijuana. Passing HR 975 would stop the threat of people in states that have legalized marijuana being prosecuted under federal law.
Known as the Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, HR 1227 is bi-partisan a bill that was introduced by Tom Garrett and Tulsi Gabbard. It eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana. It gives states the authority to regulate marijuana how the best see fit. Again, NORML has created a form that you can fill out to urge your lawmaker to support the legislation.
Ideas for protests and rallies may be what you wanted to find here, and we’re happy to provide some great chant ideas so you can protest for marijuana. However, right now access to medical marijuana is under a lot of pressure from the federal government. Peaceful protests are always encouraged, but making contact with your representative is a great way to have your voice heard by the lawmakers who are making the decisions.
Now that you know the legislation that is working its way through the federal government, you are equipped to create a productive conversation or letter to your representative. Share personal stories of how medical marijuana has given you relief. Give a face to all the patients who rely on medical marijuana to live a happy, healthy life.
Look into working with state or local medical marijuana activist groups, the Marijuana Policy Project, or Americans For Safe Access. A 2016 Gallup poll found that 60% of Americans support the legalizing the use of marijuana. If we gather together, we cannot be ignored.
Visit our dispensary near the Strip to find people who support your love of medical marijuana. We would love to talk with you and brainstorm even more ways to fight for states’ rights to legalize marijuana.