This past election has been an emotional one for us all. Whether you think Trump’s victory is the beginning of a new era of greatness for the USA or the very end of civilization as we know it, there is some objectively good news coming out of this election. In addition to choosing the next president, voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine also decided to finally legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults. Arizona also voted on this matter but decided against legalization by a small margin.
Recently, West Virginia legalized cannabis - marking one of the very first red states to actually change cannabis' legal status from illegal to decriminalized. (More technically, it's now allowed for medical reasons only.)
420 is something of a legendary day among pot smokers, marijuana enthusiasts, and club kids. It's the one day a year that is all about celebrating cannabis, throwing a middle finger to authority, and perhaps also wishing for world peace - depending on which 420 origin tale you subscribe to. No matter which way you cut it, 420 is a day that is inextricably linked to marijuana and having fun.
When most people think about cannabis culture, it's not a good look. They see teenagers who pretend to smoke it so that they look "edgy," stoners who are more into getting high than anything else, and people who are obsessed with high CBD percentages - even though they don't need the weed.
While many statesmen and philanthropists struggle to defeat the rising problem of heroin addiction in America, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions showed how out of touch he is with reality by opening his mouth.
Newspaper headlines recently pointed out that the support for marijuana legalization has never been higher. As of now, 58 percent of all Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized. To give you an idea of what a big change that is, it's worth saying that in 1969, 84 percent of Americans believed marijuana should stay illegal.
I first heard about marijuana in middle school. I had seen pictures of the plant on the binder of one of my classmates. Then a student named Ben did a report on it. I remembered him presenting pictures of marijuana and giving a speech talking about how users said the drug made them feel happy, but the drug was always a mystery because I had never tried it.
Cannabis criminalization is slowly being repealed throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. With researchers proving that science reports were made biased by government bodies in the past, many people are beginning to wonder why good ol' Mary Jane was villainized and criminalized in the first place.
Right now, all the progress that has been made on legalizing medical marijuana is in jeopardy. President Trump and many members of the Republican party have promised to double their efforts in pursuing people who smoke weed with criminal charges and stifle any attempts at national scale legalization as part of the party platform.