Mayor of Sebastopol Supports Legalization

I stumbled upon an interesting article today on Time Magazine's website that you can check out here:

I am fortunate enough to live in a medical state but I am also for the legalization of cannabis, just like Mayor Robert Jacob of Sebastopol.  While there are still many people that doubt the medicinal benefits of cannabis (although there are tons of studies that prove its efficacy) one thing that cannot be denied is that as long as it is kept (quasi) illegal, there will always be a criminal element surrounding it.  Without the criminal element lingering over its head, I believe that cannabis would have a much easier time establishing its proper place as a healing plant.

I am happy to see political figures such as Robert Jacob making statement like these.  In my career as a software sales rep, I can't tell you how many high level executives rely on medical cannabis to help them deal with various ailments but are not willing to disclose their usage for fear of that being career suicide.  Until we remove the criminal element, the social acceptance will be low despite the fact that Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Advisor at CNN, has given MMJ his endorsement.

I know a lot of our readers benefit from medicinal cannabis or know someone who's life was greatly improved because of it so I believe that it is very important to become more vocal about it.  We are living in a time where access to any information is just a few keystrokes away, it is a shame that this plant is still being vilified.  What do you guys think is the best way to get this plant legalized?


Seibo Shen
Seibo Shen


1 Response


December 20, 2013

1. Get involved.
2. Be vocal.
3. Vote!

Love your analysis, stonemonkey. Slowly, but surely, America is coming out of the cannabis closet.

You hit the nail on the head about the good in cannabis. The tougher part is alleviating the concerns around it – most, as you say, are what’s caused by prohibition. But that’s a tough pill to swallow for a lot of folks – esp law enforcement – who have different experiences with people, drugs, etc. than we.

So, how to legalize? Regulate well. Much as it’d be awesome to be a fully self-governed, all respecting community of people, this is America. And what’s working to get cannabis in the hands of more patients and to dispell the myths and rumors is good regulations and abiding by them. And talking about it, like you are!

So, join (or start!) your local ASA Chapter, contribute to candidates who support legalization, and tell your friends to do the same.

And then, when it comes up on the ballot, VOTE FOR IT. No initiative will be perfect for everyone, but damn close is good enough. Let’s end the prohibition now and work out the nuts and bolts later.

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