by Alex Robles
Ever since 1996 when California passed its Compassionate Use Act (proposition 215) Americas cannabis laws have slowly been changing. As of today 29 states and Washington D.C. allow safe access to cannabis whether it’s medical or recreational. While this number is encouraging I think it’s important that we get involved in the conversation if we want to change minds and stigmas about cannabis use. We want to make sure we don’t give up patient access rights or growers rights while we rush to the “Shangri-La” that is legalized cannabis. If we don’t want bureaucrats to be left alone to write cannabis laws and regulations then I urge everyone to be part of the dialogue. If you can, show up to your local city council meeting about cannabis or just have an adult conversation with your adult friends about cannabis. The goal is to move the conversation forward. A good starting point is to know the law where you live.
I live in a state where cannabis is legal and it’s a blessing but it also means I need to know the laws that help protect me from the federal government. The upside for me needing medical cannabis is that I get a larger set of laws to protect my ability to get my medicine. One resource I use is NORML’s map of cannabis laws for every state. This map only gives us the state laws, every county and municipality will have it’s own set of laws also. I can’t stress this enough, before you do anything cannabis related, know the law.
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