The major parties of the United States, especially Republicans, talk a lot about freedom and liberty but are actively conspiring to sabotage it. Republicans often call for reduction of the federal government but now that they have power, they’re using it to go after states with legal marijuana and it’s had a chilling effect on states like Colorado, who created 25,000 jobs and tax revenues with their recreational marijuana market. Here is Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comment,
“There’s a big difference between (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana, and I think when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”
How can a man in that position speak that way about something that kills cancer? It’s on the NIH drug abuse website . Colorado democratically decided to legalize recreational benefit, but the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance and they often enforce the law whenever it suits them. There is no fundamental difference between medical and recreational marijuana other than a child proof narrative to overturn decades of draconian authoritarian policy. Substantively, they’re the same harmless dried flower. Equally as worse as his willful or unintentional ignorance (what’s worse in a position of power?), he conflates this harmless dried flower with a lethal substance, opioids. In the science of logic, this is known as a false equivalency. Side by side, opioids kill more people than guns in America. Stuff that kills more people than guns do is a real problem. It’s a real sad state of affairs when both parties are anti science and personal freedom and go so far as to attack states who make democratic choices that conflict with federal values. Colorado dispensaries must now prepare themselves to quickly convert their inventory from rec to medicine because they could lose millions. The state of Colorado stands to suffer a substantial loss of revenue in this scenario.