What sticks in my craw is that the only reason this is happening is because of polling and political wind. Has anything changed in the past 10 years about the science? About the safety? About the prescription drug deaths? The incarceration rates? The usage rates? The racist policing and court sentences? The asset forfeiture? The gangs, cartels, black markets? The gray markets operating legally under state law but not under federal law? The absolute zeal and fight to the death that prosecutors attack medical marijuana patients with?
NO! Nothing has changed, except the polling.
No one is going to give you an apology for keeping a plant illegal. Only Dr. Sanjay Gupta has apologized. You think Chuck Schumer will ever apologize? Or any of the Democrats and Republicans who have voted to keep marijuana illegal all of these years, that are now turning around and saying we should legalize it? Nah, just crickets from Gov Cuomo and former AG Eric Holder and President Obama.
Look at the summary and conclusions of the New York State marijuana legalizing report.
Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment. No insurmountable obstacles to regulation of marijuana were raised.
New York State’s medical marijuana program has almost 1,700 registered providers and serves 59,653
certified patients. In the two years since the Medical Marijuana Program was implemented,
there have been 27 reported adverse events out of about 300,000 transactions. None resulted in death,
and most persons changed to another product without further incident.
Regulating marijuana reduces risk and improves quality control and consumer protection.
Marijuana may reduce opioid deaths and opioid prescribing.
Regulation leads to little or no increase in adult use, and there is little evidence that regulation leads to an increase in use by youth.
Marijuana has intrinsic health benefits and risks.
Regulating marijuana may lead to a reduction in the use of synthetic cannabinoids/novel psychoactive
Marijuana prohibition results in disproportionate criminalization of racial and ethnic minority groups.
Marijuana possession is the fourth most common cause of deportation nationally
Read the executive summary:
Or read the Full Report
Marijuana is going to get real weird real fast. With Canada legalizing it nationwide this year and more and more states voting on the issue, there will be an end of the war on drugs battle. Will the police go full balls out trying to get as many arrests as possible before the vote in November? No one can predict. Stay tuned for more news and inside information from the battlefield of the war on drugs.