I’ve been talking about marijuana and hemp a lot this month.
This is always amusing to me when I stop and think about it. I came from a very conservative background. In fact, in my younger days I would have aligned myself with the “religious right” on a lot of issues. (Goes to show, people’s political views do change – sometimes drastically.) If you had told me 10 or 15 years ago that I would be talking and writing about weed on a regular basis, I would have laughed you out of the room.
Yet here we are.
Even when I talk to very conservative audiences, I bring up marijuana. Why? Because it’s clearly a state issue and it’s the best modern example successful of nullification in effect. Despite federal prohibition, more than half of the states in the country have legalized cannabis to some degree. This week I wrote and article explaining how this state action has now started to bubble up to the federal level and we are beginning to see shifts in federal policy. (This should be published in the next few days.) This would have never happened if states hadn’t taken the initiative and acted first. We aren’t going to change D.C. by working inside the Beltway. Changes come from the bottom up.
In other hemp/marijuana related news – we reported on eight states that will have ballot initiatives this fall to legalize marijuana either for medical use, or for general recreational use. I also wrote a report on the planting of the first hemp crop in Maine since that state chose to ignore the feds and legalize industrial hemp farming in the state.
Now we need to apply this same strategy to other issues. Weed is the proverbial roadmap to nullification!