Push for the Best Legalization

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On
Tuesday,
Andrew
Cuomo,
the
governor
of
New
York,
said
his
state
should
legalize
cannabis.
In
his
State
of
the
State
address,
Cuomo promised his
state
would
legalize
cannabis
for
adults
21
and
over.

Cuomo
tried
this
last
year
and
it
didn’t
work
out,
but not because
marijuana
legalization
is
a
bad
idea.
Broadly
speaking,
it’s
a
good
idea,
and
you
should
support
it.
According
to
most
every
poll,
you
probably
do.

If
you
don’t,
you
are
either
a
cop,
or
a
creep.
Maybe,
both!
If
you
are
neither,
or
if
that’s
what
you
claim,
now’s
a
fine
time
to
check
yourself,
and
figure
out
how
you’ve
become
a
fellow
traveler
with
the
kind
of
people
who go
on
Tucker
Carlson
to
tie
cannabis
to
mass
shootings
 —
because
that’s
exactly
what
you’ve
managed
to
do.

One
undeniable
unexpected
consequence
of
marijuana
legalization
is
that
it’s
created
a
bunch
of
enemies
of
marijuana
legalization
among
people
who
smoke
weed.
In
California,
home
to
America’s
oldest
established
cannabis
economy

for
purposes
of
this
argument,
let’s
call
a
structured,
recognizable,
and
at
times
legal
supply
chain
and
marketplace
an
“established”
one

legalization
has
become
a
loaded
word.
In
2020,
it
is
very
easy,
online
or
off,
to
find
weedheads
who
curse
legalization,
even
as
they
fire
up
joints
along
Lake
Merritt
in
full
view
of
bored
Oakland
police.

For
these
souls,
the
most
cursed
number
in
the
universe
of
digits
is
64,
for
the
Adult
Use
of
Marijuana
Act,
Prop.
64,
the
devil’s
bargain
that,
in
their
analysis,
took
a
perfectly
good
thing

medical
cannabis,
“Prop.
215,”
the
world
of
shady
doctors
offices,
affordable
but
questionable
pot,
and
enemies
on
all
sides,
on
all
levels
of
government,
happy
to
take
it
all
down
at
a
moment’s
notice

and
messed
it
all
up,
transforming
pure
and
righteous
cannabis
culture
into
something
corporatized
and
capitalized,
all
bad
and
awful.

This
is
a
result
of
conflating
chronology
with
cause.
It
is
true
that
in
California,
after
voters
approved
Prop.
64
in
Nov.
2016,
the
price
of
cannabis
skyrocketed,
opportunity
to
enter
the
industry
constricted,
and
many
legacy
operators

farmers,
sellers,
and
whatnot

have
not
been
allowed
into
the
new,
many-billions-of-dollars
industry.
That’s
all
bad!
But
guess
what?
That’s
not
legalization’s
fault.
If
you
don’t
like
all
that,
your
beef
is
with regulation,
and
the
exact
nature
of how legalization
came
about.
Seems
to
me
like
you
don’t
like
crony
capitalism,
or
financialized
markets,
or
corruption.
And
yes,
all
these
are
bad!
But
I
have
news
for
you:
legalization
did
not
create
these,
and
these
all
existed
prior
to
Prop.
64.

Of
course,
you
might
be
a
libertarian,
or
an
anarchist.
In
which
case,
you
might
believe
that
any
form
of
regulation
or
government
intrusion
into
your
life
is
an
affront.
If
this
is
so,
OK.
When
you
find
your
Utopia
where
you
grow
your
own
food,
police
your
own
self,
and
otherwise
are
able
to
exist
without
laws
or
strictures
imposed
upon
you
by
a
society
of
people
with
whom
you
must
share
space
and
resources,
please
stay
there,
and
don’t
call
me.
The
realistic
among
us
will
recognize
that
even
an
anarchist
commune
has
agreed-upon
standards
of
behavior.
For
those
people,
those
who
are
still
upset
with
how
legalization’s
played
out
in
California,
and
may
be
compelled
to
warn
New
Yorkers
or
others
not
to
make
the
same
mistake,
I
sympathize
with
you

to
a
point.

I
agree
that
many
aspects
of
pre-legalization
life
worked
better.
For me.
I
will
always
remember
the 2017
Emerald
Cup
 as
the
apogee
of
what
cannabis
could
be.
I
miss
being
able
to
buy
untrimmed
branches
of
flower
from Empress
Farms
,
different
types
of
jars
of
boutique
pot,
edibles
in
containers
that
did
not
require
a
hacksaw
to
open.
I,
too,
miss
the
host
of
cultivators,
edibles
makers,
and
other
genuine
weirdos,
freaks,
and
rebels
that
grew
and
sold
the
weed
I
smoked
for
most
of
my
life.
Most
of
them
were
very
cool,
and
I
prefer
them
to
being
beset
by
brands.
I
think
it’s
absurd
that
joining
a
regulated
market
can
cost
a
farmer
in
Mendocino
County
$50,000,
and
that
the
state
isn’t
making,
say,
business
loans
available
to
legal
farmers
as
an
incentive.
I
think
taxing
cannabis
that’s
unsold
is
foolish,
and
I
think
charging
$80
or
more
for
an
eighth
of
cannabis
is
borderline
criminal.

But
that’s
the
irony
here.
All
the
complaints
about
the
privations
of
the
legal
economy
miss
the
point.
Underground
farmers
made
$3,000
a
pound
because
cannabis
was
illegal
everywhere
else.
Everything
you
liked
about
a
pre-Prop.
64
environment
came
at
an
immense
cost,
one
that
apparently
the
complainants
didn’t
see,
either
because
they
were
isolated
from
it
or
they
chose
not
to
acknowledge
it

or,
worst,
they
knew
exactly
what
the
human
cost
was
and
didn’t
care,
because
everything
was
OK
for
them.

Because,
you
see,
the
pre-legalization
world
was
terrible
for
many
more
people,
the
people
whom
our
society
abuses,
impoverishes,
and
robs
of
privilege
the
most.

Let
me
illustrate
what
I
mean.
A
common
complaint
about
New
York,
the
country’s
largest
city,
the
hometown
of
our
president
and
the
cultural
whatever-you-want-to-call-it
of
America
and
Americanism,
is
not
that
it’s
crowded,
or
corrupt,
or
inhospitable
—though
all
those
are
true.
It’s
that New
York
smells
like
weed
.
Try
to
understand
what
a
sea
change
that
is.
For
many
years,
New
York
was
the
per
capita
capital
of
marijuana
arrests
in
the
United
States.
New
York
cops
hauled
away
more
people,
per
capita,
than
police
in
Oklahoma,
or
whatever
other
red
state
you
might
fool
yourself
into
thinking
was
hell
on
earth
for
weedheads,
pre-legalization.

With
this
context,
here’s
an
anecdote
for
you:
A
friend
and
colleague’s
husband
was
walking
home
from
work
one
day.
He
had
a
backpack
on.
A
squat,
stocky
fellow
in
street
clothes
fell
into
step
beside
him,
and
demanded
to
know
what
was
in
the
backpack
and
why
he’d
just
thrown
away
a
joint.
A
struggle
ensued.
The
stocky
fellow’s
partner
appeared,
flashed
his
badge

they
were
both
undercover
cops

and
put
my
acquaintance,
a
doctor
on
his
way
home
from
the
hospital,
in
cuffs,
and
led
him
away
to
jail,
where
he
spent
the
night,
on
the
charge
of
“destruction
of
evidence,”
discarding
the
phantom
joint
that
he
never
had.
It
happens
that
my
acquaintance,
being
a
young
doctor,
had
resources,
sued
the
NYPD
and
won
a
settlement
that
helped
pay
for
school!
Many,
many
others
have
not
had
that
luxury.
Stuff
like
this
happened
on
the
regular
before
legalization

and
now
it
doesn’t.
Now
New
York
smells
like
weed,
and
cops
have
to
do
something
other
than
waste
my
money
and
yours
on
frivolous
“busts.”

How’d
that
come
about?
Colorado
and
Washington
legalized,
then
Oregon
and
Alaska,
then
Nevada
and
California
and
Massachusetts
and
Maine,
and
Michigan
and
Illinois.
A
bad
old
policy
became
untenable.

It
is
true
that
black
and
brown
people
are
still,
at
times,
jacked
up
for
weed
in
New
York.
That
is
because
our
society is
one
founded
on
genocide,
and
slavery
.
It’s
also
true
it’s
hard
to
get
a
business
opportunity
in
cannabis
if
you
are
not
white
and
male
and
thus
possess
wealth
and
influence
disproportionately
to
those
who
are
darker,
or
women.
All
this,
and
pricey
weed,
and
local
bans,
are
because
of
how
legalization
is
implemented,
or
how
cannabis
is
regulated,
or
how
America
is
in
reality.
I
encourage
you
to
agitate
against
these
ills
and
advocate
changes,
and
push
for
the best legalization.
The
alternative
is
arguing
that
the
status
quo,
before,
was
okay.
Maybe
it
was,
for
you.
I
can
assure
you
that
for
many
more,
it
was
not.

That’s
why
Andrew
Cuomo
has
to
try
to
legalize
cannabis
again
this
year,
because
the
version
pushed
last
year
didn’t
go
far
enough,
didn’t
help
out
the
people
who
had
been
harmed.
That’s
admirable.
So
is
pushing
for
lower
taxes,
saner
regulations,
and
more
inclusivity

for
changing
a
legal
landscape
into
something
functional,
and
equitable,
and
sound.
What’s
not
is
pining
for
a
bygone
golden
age,
when
others
suffered,
or
did
not
enjoy
your
privileges,
so
you
could
make
more
money,
or
buy
cheaper
pot.
Doing
that
makes
you
a
giant,
raging
jerk.
If
you’re
cool
with
that,
great.
Own
it.
If
not,
now’s
a
fine
time
to
adjust.


TELL
US,
 are
you
in
a
state
that
has
changed
its
cannabis
laws?
What
have
you
experienced?

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