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When
doctors
prescribe
antibiotics,
they
always
remind
patients
that
the
full
course
of
pills
must
be
taken
for
the
treatment
to
work.
Even
if
you
start
to
feel
better
after
a
few
days,
they
warn,
it’s
imperative
to
keep
going
to
ensure
the
bacteria
is
fully
eradicated.
At
present,
the
regulated
cannabis
landscape
curiously
finds
itself
in
a
similar
situation.

In
many
states,
there’s
a
public
perception
that
cannabis
reform
has
largely
been
achieved,
which
is
understandable
to
some
extent.
Citizens
in
states
with
legalized
recreational
use
now
see
billboards
for
pot,
walk
past
dispensaries
in
familiar
neighborhoods
and
may
plausibly
feel
that
the
stigmas
associated
with
cannabis
are
dissipating
before
their
eyes.

Unfortunately,
such
perceptions
pose
a
great
risk
to
the
movement
at
a
moment
when
outcry
and
volume
are
most
needed,
both
to
pass
federal
cannabis
reform
and
improve
some
state
laws.
That’s
where
the Cannabis
Voter
Project
(CVP)
 comes
in.
Established
in
2018
as
an
initiative
from HeadCount.org,
CVP
is
focused
on
educating,
registering
and
turning
out
voters
with
an
interest
in
cannabis
policy.

(Founding
Grateful
Dead
member
Bob
Weir.)

Built
on
a
foundation
of
non-partisanship,
CVP
has
positioned
itself
as
a
neutral
information
repository
for
voters
to
learn
about
issues
and
candidates
they
may
see
on
their
ballot
in
2020.
The
site’s
“State
Info”
section
includes
a
list
of
all
elected
representatives
and
how
they’ve
voted
on
cannabis
policy
thus
far.
An
up-to-date,
comprehensive
summary
of
each
state’s
current
cannabis
situation

as
well
as
informed
speculation
on
where
it
might
be
heading

is
included
as
well.

“Cannabis
is
one
of
just
a
few
issues
that
cuts
across
party
lines,”
explained
CVP
Director
Sam
D’Arcangelo
by
email.
“[It] has
the
potential
to
activate
people
who
otherwise
might
not
vote.
It’s
a
truly
non-partisan
issue.
That’s
a
big
reason
we
chose
to
mobilize
voters
around
it.”

(Grateful
Dead
drummer
Mickey
Hart.)

One
of
CVP’s
most
compelling
features
is
a
tool
that
allows
users
to
inform
their
elected
officials
that
they
are
a
“Cannabis
Voter”
and
to
request
a
firm
stance
from
the
official
on
cannabis-related
issues.
 Underscoring
the
importance
of
this
clever
function
is
the
visibility
it
provides
to
policymakers.
Those
in
charge
need
to
be
fully
aware
of
who
they
represent,
but
many
have
been
justifiably
terrified
to
connect
themselves
to
cannabis
before
recent
reforms.

That’s
why
CVP
is
trying
to
find
voters
at
dispensaries
and
concerts.
Plenty
of
pot
shops
now
host
CVP
literature
and
volunteers
have
set
up
shop
on
tour
with
acts
like
funk
band
Lettuce
and
psychedelic
legends
Dead
&
Company.
Before
a
gig
in
Colorado
this
summer,
members
Bob
Weir,
Mickey
Hart
and
Bill
Kreutzmann
(all
founding
or
early
members
of
the
Grateful
Dead)
shared
info
and
support
for
CVP
on
their
Twitter
profiles.

(Comedians
Cheech
Marin
and
Tommy
Chong.)

Stretching
back
to
the
groundbreaking
passage
of
the
Rohrabacher–Farr
(later
Rohrabacher–Blumenauer)
amendment
in
2014,
Republicans
and
Democrats
have
indeed
joined
in
voicing
support
for
cannabis
and
implementing
pro-regulation
policy

perhaps
more
so
than
any
other
issue.

Regardless
of
party
line,
Gallup
reported
that 66%
of
Americans
were
in
support
of
legalizing
cannabis
 as
of
October
2019.
With
that
number
all
but
guaranteed
to
keep
rising
as
more
and
more
individuals
experience
and
explore
pot,
the
time
when
candidates
could
have
no
opinion
whatsoever
on
cannabis
and
still
be
taken
seriously
appears
to
be
at
an
end.

(Country
music
star
Margo
Price.)

Regardless
of
how
you
choose
to
make
your
voice
heard,
silence
is
the
enemy
of
true
cannabis
policy.
Be
loud!


TELL
US,
 do
you
vote?


Originally
published
in
Issue
4o
of
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