Oct 072015
 October 7, 2015
teamwork marijuana

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If you have been a marijuana activist or marijuana entrepreneur for awhile, then I’m sure you have noticed the unnecessary amount of feuds and baggage that surrounds so many people in the marijuana world. ‘Hell no I won’t work with them, I hate them, and they hate me,’ is a common expression I have heard over the years. I’ve seen MANY reform efforts get hindered, and MANY business deals fizzle, simply and only because someone harbors ill will towards someone else in the marijuana world. Even when moving forward was a no-brainer, and a lot was on the line, I’ve seen people put up walls and barriers to such an extent that it has actually harmed people’s lives.

This is unacceptable to me. I get it, not everyone can get along with everyone. Wrongs have been committed against people, and it has left them very jaded. I know I personally have been wronged more times than I can count by some activists, and especially members of the marijuana industry. But that hasn’t stopped me from putting my own personal issues aside and keeping my eye on the prize.

I see this happen a lot in states like California. If activists could have banded together in California in past elections, they likely could have legalized recreational marijuana by now. But instead there is a bunch of infighting, name calling, and accusations being hurled. Hence why there are so many different initiatives in California, and in other states that are fighting for similar reform. Imagine if everyone worked together?

We are all in this together, whether we like it or not. I remember being at a marijuana politics debate in Oregon back in 2012. At that time there were several initiatives that were trying to make the 2012 ballot. I vividly remember long time Oregon marijuana activist Madeline Martinez saying, ‘I don’t care who’s driving the damn bus, I just want to be on the damn bus.’ That statement has always stuck with me. Everyone always fights over who gets to steer, which then leads to fighting over who gets the credit, even before there is any credit to be given. It’s exhausting, and I’m tired of it.

Marijuana opponents love to see infighting within the marijuana community and industry. It makes their jobs easier. Every attack that is hurled from within the marijuana community is one less attack that opponents need to hurl from the outside. Opponents know that it’s even easier to drag their feet and fight to maintain the status quo when marijuana supporters are basically doing the same thing by refusing to work with each other. There is a lot at stake right now, especially with the chance that we can get a very unfavorable President during the 2016 Election. In order to properly fight, we must unite. Put your own personal issues aside, swallow your pride a bit, put your MASSIVE ego on a shelf somewhere, and let’s get to work. If we don’t, we could see the recent reform victories and growth of the marijuana industry unravel before our very eyes.

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  5 Responses to “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work When It Comes To Marijuana Reform And Business”

  1.  

    Everyone got all quiet!
    I can’t complain none of the shit they are slinging effects me other than
    “Able to grow my own meds. ”
    There is some tricky shit going on in the 3 bills.
    Then the voter’s initiative wich I will try to collect signatures for
    So far OAKSTERDAM filed
    CCHI. ?
    Most people don’t even know that much , a lot of closed loop meetings
    And special interest guide these bills
    The one thing I can tell is it will become “more legitimate ”
    Taxed too many times
    Overregulated
    Not collective friendly
    Yes if a group like normal comes up with a better bill , I’m all for it
    Prop 19 split votes
    All these bills devide bills by
    (Amt. of bills)

  2.  

    I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer Research.

    Like a lot of people my age — I’ve seen WAY too many people die of Cancer.

    No matter what your reason is for working for the legalization of Marijuana,– WORK HARDER.

    This year, 1.6 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER — AND EVENTUALLY, HALF OF THEM WILL DIE FROM IT — AFTER SUFFERING HORRIBLY.

    Every American with Cancer deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.

    Every. Single. One.

    If you’re an American man, you’ve got a 1 out of 2 chance of getting Cancer and 1 out of 2 chance of dying from it.
    If you’re an American woman, you’ve got a 1 out of 3 chance of getting Cancer, and a 1 out of 2 chance of dying from it.

    Cancer isn’t just an incredibly painful way to die — the pain is beyond human description — there’s nothing else like it — Cancer is incredibly commonplace.

    If you’e working for the legalization of Marijuana — WORK HARDER

    The life you save, or at the pain and suffering you help reduce will either be your own, or that someone you love — and seeing a loved one die of Cancer is heartbreaking.

    IT IS IMMORAL TO LEAVE MARIJUANA ILLEGAL FOR EVEN ONE SECOND LONGER.

    IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MORAL ISSUES OF ALL TIME.

    If you’re young enough that you still can choose what to devote your life to — devote it to Cancer research.

    We need all the help we can get.

  3.  

    Speak on, Johnny Green! As you suggest, the next several years will determine whether legalization is achievable on the federal level, and whether it can even be maintained in the current legal states. The movement must come before personal egos, or else the tide of public opinion could turn against us as it did in the late ’70s and ’80s.

  4.  

    For a while? Since ’66.

  5.  

    I’d rather the bus didn’t collide with a semi. I do care who drives.

    No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes. Put the enforcers out of a job.

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