Issues Under Fire: So What if Donald Trump Won, So Did Marijuana

Since the race for the White House remained too close to call at the time we produced today’s edition of Issues Under Fire, the only thing we’re posting for certain is what this unexpected nail-biter of an election means. It means there will be no mandate. No mandate means divided government. Divided government means gridlock. Gridlock means social and economic stagnation for another 4 to 8 years. But, none of that really matters today, because weed won big in this election, too. So, we’ll talk about what a Trump victory means for YOU and the rest of the world tomorrow, after we’ve had time to digest this mess. Until then, let’s focus on the good news.

Marijuana was on the ballot in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Arizona and Nevada for voters to decide if a citizen will have the right to use it recreationally. Four other states, Florida, Arkansas, Montana and North Dakota voted for the right to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. So far, the prospects for many U.S. citizens yearning to indulge weed for fun or use it in lieu of FDA approved drugs without having to worry about the cops and the legal system making their lives miserable, look pretty good. By our estimates, if all five states voting to legalize weed for recreational use win, nearly 23% of Americans will be living in weed heaven. Hell, California alone has a population of more than 39 million. If they do it, many more states will follow. Think of the tax revenues and jobs that’ll be created.
Still, there remains significant opposition to Americans having the right to make use of this harmless and even helpful plant for whatever they see fit. For some reason, many refuse to accept the medical research and scientific studies that consistently debunk claims of marijuana being nothing more than a gateway drug to full blown junkie-dom. Groups like CALM, Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (likely funded by Big Pharma) take the position that Federal laws against the use, cultivation and transportation should be maintained and enforced and should not be relaxed or softened. They say the FDA’s vast scientific evidence found marijuana to be harmful. Unfortunately, they didn’t bother to explain or expand on that. So, we say Fu@k-em.
We’re also compelled to say Fu@k you to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Las Vegas gambling mogul who reportedly spent millions on top of  millions to have marijuana legalization legislation defeated wherever it dared to rear its ugly head. Pumping cash into Arizona’s fight for pro-weed laws has dimmed its chances for moving from medical use only to recreational purposes as well. Perhaps his attitude was born from the fact that his two sons had issues with drugs, with the youngest reportedly dying from an overdose. Still, it’s highly unlikely that death was caused from marijuana. 
The truth of the matter is, many Americans have found marijuana to be relaxing. Some say marijuana gives them a boost in their creativity. Others say marijuana  provides pain relief and calms their nerves. With benefits like these and negligible side effects, it was only a matter of time before most mature adults started to reject the government’s Bull Sh*t. And let’s face it, that’s exactly what the government has been selling on this issue for decades. The very idea of charging someone with a crime, locking them up for years and ruining their lives because they smoked, shared or sold marijuana, became as absurd as those who would enforce laws against it. 
Bottom line: Marijuana chills people out, as opposed to hyping them up. In fact, we’ve often pondered why marijuana couldn’t be prescribed people with anger management issues. What about people locked up behind bars? Don’t you think prisoners would cope with their circumstance better with a joint for good behavior? To date, there’s been little if any evidence that suggests the ingestion of marijuana in any dosage would lead one to violence or criminal behavior. When’s the last you heard of someone getting high on weed and robbing a liquor store or strangling somebody to get money for more. Beyond the illegal possession, cultivation or transportation of weed, there really is no criminal behavior to speak of. And changing the laws would change all that. Podcast below.