Weekly Wrapup: High-Profile Support for Cannabis Legalization + MMJ Back on Track in Rhode Island
Televangelist Pat Robertson created some of the biggest news in the cannabis community last week – or at least the most interesting, judging from the huge number of stories, tweets and Facebook comments.
In an interview with the New York Times, the controversial conservative Christian broadcaster made his strongest statement yet on cannabis, saying that he thinks it should be legalized in light of the failed war on drugs.
Imagine that: Someone on the far right of the political spectrum in a position of influence – and a hard-core religious figure, to boot – actually siding with the stoners on the legalization issue.
As we said in our story on Robertson’s comments, the support comes from an unlikely corner, and it will surely bolster legalization efforts in Colorado, Washington and other states. Many Americans take everything he says on any issue as gospel, and Robertson followers who would have voted against legalization might now reconsider.
More importantly, however, Robertson’s comments create another chink in the anti-MMJ crowd’s armor.
Anything that changes perceptions about marijuana for the better provides an even bigger benefit to medical cannabis.
If someone like Robertson is calling for the legalization of marijuana, approving the use of medical cannabis should be a
no-brainer, the thinking goes.
At this point in the game, it’s all about perceptions. If the medical marijuana industry is to survive, perceptions of it will have to change. Having more prominent figures – be they religious leaders, politicians or both – support marijuana legalization in general is a step in that direction.
The other interesting MMJ story last week involved Rhode Island, which isn’t the first place you look for interesting stories.
None-the-less, we saw the governor stand up for the MMJ community by hammering out an agreement that will allow the state to start its medical cannabis program.
The governor should be congratulated and embraced by the medical marijuana industry.
Yes, he did initially halt the program amid threats from the federal government. But unlike other state leaders (most
notably Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer), Rhode Island’s governor actually worked toward a compromise rather than
attempt to stamp out the law.
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