Under the 8 years of the Obama administration the legalization of marijuana has come a long way, many states have legalized medical use and now 8 states have legalized recreational use of cannabis. But with the Trump administration will things changes? Attorney General Jeff Sessions stand firmly against the legalization of marijuana and Sean Spicer has hinted that the federal government may interfere with states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. More than a few cannabis advocates are left shaking their head. Instead let’s take a step back and try and look at the big picture.
Don’t Panic Just Yet
First you need to understand that much of the news is sensationalized to bring in readers. That being said it was frightening to hear Spicer compare recreational marijuana use to opiate addiction. The thought of the federal government coming into states where legalization has already taken place and starting to make arrests is enough to make any dispensary owner want to close their doors. However it is just talk at this point, there have been no raids, court cases and no word from law enforcement or the Supreme Court. Don’t let the media worry you just yet.
Contact Your State Government
The local and state governments have a far bigger impact on your day to day life than the federal government actually does. If you’re concerned at all (and you should be) about where your state stands on legalization then contact your state representative. Make your voice heard. If cannabis is legal then make sure it stays that way, if it is not then push for legislation to change that. If you want cannabis to be where you earn a living then you need to get out and support your industry.
Become a Member of the NCIA
The National Cannabis Industry Trade Association keeps its members up to date on what is happening with legislation around the country and in your own backyard. If you want a heads up on any potential legal action that could affect your business then the NCIA is there to help.
Remember that the cannabis industry is still very much in its infancy in this country and there is still along way to go. Even medical marijuana is only legal in less than half of the states and we still need strong advocates speaking on behalf of the people who need medical marijuana to function. Recreational use is legal in even fewer states and again we need to keep pushing local and state officials if we want this to change.