All These Old People Who Hate Weed Think They Can Wait Us Out... That's Cute
One of the final, lame excuses that our most that the United States has global responsibilities with our friends and allies that would require permission from those foreign leaders before we could enact top-down cannabis legalization.
One would think that when our closest ally, literally, Canada defied the global court of opinion and legalized weed nationwide last October it would have been the final nail in the coffin for our government’s tired argument…but no.
Much like Canada has defied the supposed status quo, as have all but four states in the U.S. by thumbing their noses at the Feds and passing some form of either medical or recreational cannabis or CBD legalization at the state level.
But still, all eyes on are on the federal government of the United States for many reasons these days including waiting to see if and when real cannabis reform will occur. The implications of such a move would be massive here at home, but would also spark a blaze globally of other nations following suit.
So we wait.
…and we wait
And that seems to be the latest in a long line of lame tactics put forth by the dwindling anti-cannabis lobby – “make ‘em wait”.
We are seeing it at all levels.
If you want to get into the legal cannabis industry in Cali, you apply and pay a fee… then you wait.
The states that have legalized cannabis in some form are seeing lucrative revenues, but the people creating those revenues must wait to see how their money can be banked, how their businesses can be insured, and so many other seemingly basic aspects of American business that have been put out of reach for state-sanctioned cannabis operators due to federal prohibition.
Everyone is just waiting for the Feds to either get onboard or get out of the way and the Feds claim that they are waiting for global consensus from our allies.
On January 24th of this year (after a delay, because that’s the tactic), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on cannabis that included a series of recommendations to be considered and voted upon by the United Nations Council for Narcotic Drugs (CND).
That vote was scheduled to be held about a week from today, on March 7th in Vienna, Austria. It has now been indefinitely postponed.
The latest delay is being blamed on an alleged demand by member states for more time to do their own due diligence on the recommendations from the WHO.
Apparently, the U.S. was one of the states that needs more time despite the fact that 33 of its 50 states have legalized medical marijuana already and nearly a dozen more have taken it a step further and legalized recreational weed as well.
The CND rep from Uruguay – the only country aside from Canada that has ended federal prohibition of cannabis - urged the council to set a firm date in the near future for a vote but so far none has been announced.
The fact of the matter is that there is no mechanism in place that will force the CND to make the vote…ever. If the people at the very top do not want cannabis reform to truly go global, but they can sense a groundswell of support for the plant from the masses, they’ll just wait and not vote until they perceive that popular public opinion has swung their way.
The game is up, though. We’ve seen their cards. Canada and Uruguay showed the rest of the world that we don’t have to wait for anyone if the will of the people is so strongly in support of social reform.
We are tired of waiting.