The Cannabis Culture is Thankful and Giving Back
The holidays is all about being thankful for what we have and showing kindness to others. These are two things that are commonly found within the cannabis culture. The individuals that consume cannabis whether it is for medicinal, recreational or spiritual reasons they tend to be more gentle, caring, thankful and giving to others than those who choose alcohol for recreation and pharmaceuticals for medication. This can be seen throughout history over and over again. From George Washington sowing the Indian hemp seed for the needs of the country and those who live within it to the hippies of the 60s and 70s. The individuals who are a part of the cannabis culture care about not only themselves and others they also very much care for Mother Earth our dear planet that is in much need of a gentler way. The same goes for the individuals who are a part of the culture today.
Giving Back to the Community, It’s Just What We Do
The generosity of those in the cannabis culture can be easily seen. For the last two years, Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion as some may know him has distributed turkeys to low-income families in need in Inglewood California for the past two years. The first year he gave out just under 1000 turkeys and this year he distributed 1500 turkeys to families in need. There are many dispensaries and canna-businesses that have joined efforts with different organizations such as toys for tots and coats for kids to help those in need. Just this last summer there was a devastating tornado in Illinois that ruined several homes giving families no place to go. The CEO and executives of a marijuana-related business that hadn't even opened yet shelled out the funds to place these families in local hotels for as long as needed or until they could find other permanent arrangements. The cannabis culture also shows a lot of compassion for the men and women that serve and have served in our military forces. There are organizations such as the Weed for Warriors Project and Operation Overmed that are solely focused on the amazing benefits that cannabis can provide to our veterans. These are just a few of the ways that the cannabis culture gives back.
Lots to Be Thankful For Around the Globe
When it comes to being thankful there are many things that the cannabis culture has to be thankful for as there have been many victories this year surrounding cannabis legalization. In October of this year Oregon opened the doors of medical marijuana dispensaries to the legal adults over the age of 21 to purchase cannabis for recreational purposes. This made Oregon the third state to have a regulated and taxed market for recreational marijuana in the United States. The state is expected to open recreational dispensaries in 2016. Croatia, Australia, Canada, and even Mexico have taken measures this year that move towards legalization on at least the medicinal level. The overall acceptance of cannabis and the legalization of is increasing on a consistent basis. The number of initiatives being introduced throughout the U.S. is far higher than ever before. The number of celebrities that are speaking out and being a voice for cannabis, as well as the number of politicians and other officials who are backing cannabis, are also on the rise. This is giving more momentum than ever for ending the prohibition on cannabis not only in the United States but around the world.
Thankful for a Hope for a Better Tomorrow
A Presidential hopeful and current Senator gave the cannabis community one of the best early Christmas presents they could have asked for. In the beginning of November Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to the Senate that would remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances. This bill if passed would not necessarily legalize cannabis within states, but it would allow states to proceed with taking steps to legalize without fear of federal interference. Removing cannabis from the list of controlled substances would also allow for federally insured banks to open their doors to the thousands of businesses operating within the legal marijuana industries across the country. At this time, banks are not keen to accepting cannabis businesses as they are federally insured and cannabis is still illegal on the federal level. If passed this bill would bring much more safety to the legal marijuana industries in the United States.