Legalization of Cannabis

Legalization of Cannabis…

If you’d asked me three years ago that I would ever support the legalization of cannabis, I would have laughed and assured you that was never going to happen. Heck, if you had told me I would do it six months ago, I probably would have done the same thing. So, how did I find myself among thousands of hemp supporters screaming for legalization? Believe it or not, it all started with the family’s farm and their willingness to grow hemp. Yes it did. 

Echo chambers

My mind change began when I witnessed the amount of research that is ongoing regarding Medical cannabis with positive results. I was amazed. Add to this the denials from the other side in this small, niche medical cannabis community, I started to doubt everything. I started making proactive efforts to break my echo chamber by listening to voices I thought I would disagree with. Thus finding it necessary to want to understand others perspective, believing it would confirm that they were filled with hate for anyone who didn’t think like them. So I listened.

What else is not true?

How many stories had I been sold that weren’t true regarding cannabis? What if my perception of the other side is wrong? How is it possible that 66% of the country is ready for this and I am still on the bubble? Is it possible that this global prohibition of cannabis is a real thing, and had I been suffering from it for the past fifty years?

Time for a soul search

Its time that we do a deep dive, sort of a “soul search” into this plant. Not for its psychoactive properties, but to acknowledge the fact that this plant is more beneficial than harmful. That the social stigma of classifying the cannabis plant as a “gateway drug” can be easily countered with the benefits in medical advances being reported about this plant. How foolish of us as a society if we let this opportunity slip by.

  The broader reality

The world is awaking to the acceptance of the benefits of the cannabis plant. However, those in opposition will be utterly shocked when this happens. Their existence in an echo chamber that is not reflective of the broader reality, does not allow them to see the benefits of this plant. I hope it’s a wake-up call that causes the governments of the world to take a long look in the mirror. Thereby asking themselves how they got here. Who orchestrated this prohibition and to who’s benefit? Or better yet, maybe they’ll start listening. I tend to doubt it, but I can always hope.

Authors Biography
Luis R Claudio Biography

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