June 11, 2013

Marijuana Is Not Going To Legalize Itself

June 11, 2013
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Legalize Marijuana legalization cannabis prohibitionPoll after poll shows that support for marijuana legalization is growing, and in the case of my home state of Oregon, an overwhelming majority of voters think that marijuana legalization is inevitable. While I like that sense of inevitability, it’s also important that marijuana reform supporters keep fighting the good fight. Marijuana will not legalize itself, and there is still a lot of work to do.

I have always said that if everyone that consumed marijuana regularly spent as much time fighting for legalization as they did consuming marijuana, marijuana would have been legal a long time ago. If people even spent half as much time fighting for reform as they did consuming, marijuana would be legal already. How often do you consume marijuana? How often do you fight for marijuana reform? Is it a good balance, or is it out of whack?

Consider this a call to arms if you will – it’s time to pile on. Politicians simply can’t ignore the winds of change forever, especially if those winds become stronger and stronger every day. When was the last time you contacted your State Rep. and Senator to urge them to support marijuana reform? When was the last time that you contacted your Federal Rep. and Senator to urge them to support marijuana reform? When was the last time that you offered up your signature to a marijuana reform initiative? Or even better, when was the last time that you volunteered to gather signatures? When was the last time that you wrote a letter to the editor to your local media outlet? If it’s been awhile, for the love of marijuana, put the bong down, get off your bum, and get active! After all, remember, marijuana won’t legalize itself.

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