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Progress doesn’t always show up as major milestones, and nowhere is this more evident than in the cannabis industry. As we continue our journey to end Prohibition 2.0, we must consistently remind ourselves thatthe small wins, when combined, equate to massive progress. As author and poet Richelle Goodrich wrote, “Small steps may appear unimpressive, but don’t be deceived. They are the means by which perspectives are subtly altered, mountains are gradually scaled, and lives are drastically changed.”2
In the cannabis space, the changing of perspectives is akin to a seismic shift, and every legal victory is a small chip away at the crumbling, anti-cannabis infrastructure.
“Alabama legalized medical cannabis, Texas has expanded their medical cannabis program, Louisiana ruled in favor of decriminalization, Connecticut has just become the19th adult-use state.”
Over the past few months, we’ve all anxiously awaited information regarding the bill to end cannabis prohibition, a piece of legislation aggressively championed by Senator Schumer.3 While many would argue that his repeated yet empty assurance that the bill will come “soon” is a sign of stagnation, it’s important to look at his statements in conjunction with the changes the industry is experiencing.
Within the past dozen weeks, Alabama legalized medical cannabis, Texas has expanded their medical cannabis program, Louisiana ruled in favor of decriminalization, and Connecticut has just become the 18th adult-use state. If all of these events happened in a year’s time within another industry, it would be chalked up as an automatic success. In the cannabis space, however, frustration with the system has somehow minimized the impact of such regulatory accomplishments.
“Large, outside industry players have officially announced their intention to enter the cannabis world.”
This progress isn’t confined to the world of legislation; it extends throughout the entire market. Large, outside industry players have officially announced their intention to enter the cannabis world, and as Uber continues to share their thoughts on cannabis delivery, Amazon is pushing for federal legalization.4,5 (Does this sound familiar? If it does, it’s because we predicted it back in January!) Even the NFL has decided to offer its support after years of suspending players for failed drug tests, with its pain management committee announcing that it “will provide $1 million in funding for research into pain management and cannabinoids.”5
These are the small steps that may appear unimpressive individually, but together indicate that cannabis is an industry that’s here to stay and ready to change lives for the better. The Prohibition 2.0 walls are coming down, and these events generate the necessary momentum to make the bigger dominos fall.