You might have heard that recently both Washington State and Colorado legalized marijuana. That’s right, and not just for medical purposes but for recreational use as well – if you’re over 21 that is. Shortly afterwards (literally 2 days later), Massachusetts legalized marijuana but only for medical purposes. In light of these events, it was only a matter of time before other states start to ponder this idea as well. Unsurprisingly, New York is thinking it could go down the same road.
Lobbying for Medical Marijuana
It is important to note that the three already mentioned ballots were a result of the people who pushed the ballots so much that politicians simply couldn’t their heads in the other direction. However, New York is trying a somewhat different route. The initiators of the New York medical marijuana legalization are marijuana production companies who seem to believe this is the best time to push this particular ballot forward. Companies without lobbyists can’t really do much so that’s why they turned to one of the most powerful lobbyists in the country – Patricia Lynch Associates in order to spread the word on the powerful traits of this fantastic plant.
In a recent poll, it seems that 61% of New Yorkers favor the use of marijuana as a medicine and thankfully – the New York State Medical Society is up for is as well. Senator Diane Savino (do we have to emphasize the fact she is a democrat?) believes the momentum should be used to benefit the patients in dire need of herbal pain relief in the long run. According to her, it’s only a matter of time before they succeed in their goal.
The Economic Benefits
Marijuana is 1.5 billion dollar industry and that fact shouldn’t be ignored but embraced. For instance, in Colorado marijuana plants have barcodes and are put under video surveillance. Soon, coffee shops will be popping around Colorado and Washington State, making marijuana taxable and highly profitable. This will inevitably create more jobs and regulate an industry that has been legally ignored during the last couple of decades.
The Battle Continues
The same thing could happen in New York, only not for recreational use at first but as a medicinal aid. Considering the fact New York is the “Marijuana Arrest Capital of the World” this would be even too appropriate. Of course, not everything is green and dandy in New York and the first to rebel against this are the New York Law Enforcement authorities who believe that the risks still outweigh the benefits which is something a pretty huge number of medical marijuana patients tend to disagree with. For people, groups or authorities, the reasons to rebel against marijuana are pretty much always the same: it’s a gateway drug, it will only make matters worse and our personal “favorite”: its evil.