CANNABIS CULTURE – The weed world was watching Tuesday November 4 and stoners stateside didn’t disappoint. Delivering a 3 for 4 night in the 2014 midterm election marijuana vote. In case you missed it – the USA has gone to pot – with District of Columbia, Oregon and Alaska voting to legalize marijuana and Florida was a near miss.
The great pot prohibitionist is showing huge signs of crumbling like a broken levee. Even Florida, which came up short, isn’t a disappointment and possibly the biggest ray of light to ending federal prohibition. Behind the scenes the Florida vote is incredibly interesting because it’s very possible pro pot Republicans sat on their hands and simply didn’t vote Yes on 2.
Florida’s medical marijuana initiative was organized by people closely associated with Florida’s Democratic party and had been losing ground since its inception. Republicans who may have agreed with medical marijuana in Florida didn’t vote yes because of this association.
Despite Amendant 2 close Democrat association, enough Republicans supported the medical marijuana measure to create an exceedingly close vote. USA Today wants people to believe Florida rejected medical marijuana – the same headline could be applied to Florida’s new governor – who received well less than 57 per cent approval.
Florida voters did not reject medical marijuana.
The sunshine state demonstrated being pro medical marijuana is a viable political stand for 2016 presidential election.
When does legal marijuana happen in Alaska, Oregon and District of Columbia?
The District of Columbia, which, personally, had the most appealing legislation – could be hung up for a while in Republican controlled congress. The only vote requiring federal oversight because it’s a district and not a state will put prohibition on the fed’s front burner.
I love DC’s legislation because it allows people to trade their homegrown cannabis for someone’s else cannabis – just like The Mernahuana Zone’s weekly segment Crop King Seeds 420 Bud Swap. People could setup in a park and openly trade cannabis with each other – as long as there is no cash transactions the trade is legal.
Create your own cannabis currency by trading your homegrown ganja for products and services – just like Ricky did in Trailer Park Boys season eight.
Opposite of DC give-n-grow formula is Alaska and Oregon’s full scale reefer retailing.
You will be able to buy legal marijuana in Alaska within a year-and-half, but start growing within 90 days. The business model has long implementation period to give state government an opportunity to get it right, but personal growing is legal 90 days from now.
Oregon is very similar – legal marijuana via retail sales is not happening until 2016. However, Oregon stoners may start growing legal marijuana on July 1st 2015.
The end is nigh for marijuana prohibition.
Small cracks in prohibition’s wall have turned to full scale breaches. Large chunks are falling everywhere and people are dancing to sweet smells of freedom.
The impact of Tuesday November 4 is felt worldwide because USA uses prohibition to maintain order. Canadian advocates often bump up against an argument ‘USA will shut our border’ or ‘international obligations.’ Both arguments fall apart by pointing out ‘USA did it first.’
Matt Mernagh is author of Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains – available on Amazon and iTunes. He hosts weekly weed webcast The Mernahuana Zone live from Vapor Central every Tuesday.