The Momentum of Cannabis Continues post-Midterms
If the incredible strides made in this industry weren’t enough for the year, the midterm elections just gave us a little more to be excited about. As of November 6th, 2018 Michigan became the 9th state to legalize adult-use Cannabis. Meanwhile Missouri and Utah joined the ranks to be the 32nd and 33rd states to legalize medical use. That means over 65% of the United States have reformed Cannabis laws in place.
And on November 7th, the day following the midterms, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned his post at the request of President Trump. While he didn’t have much real power to stifle the progress that’s been made; he did have an uncanny ability to sew fear and confusion within the industry. His departure just sent a resounding wave of optimism throughout every sector of the Cannabis space.
Amidst all this, Colorado also saw the passage of Amendment X, which removes hemp from its specific classification within the state constitution. This could, or could not, be a huge deal. As Denver Westword reported, if the foreseeable changes are made within the Farm Bill at the national level, hemp’s definition would change from its 0.3% THC classification to 1.0% or less. As these changes seem likely, this would put Colorado at odds with new federal legislation that would have a more liberal tolerance for THC levels. Some argued that removing this classification also removes the constitutional protection that hemp has within the state because it leaves the entire plant’s direction in the hands of the federal government. But that was before Sessions got sacked. Hemp’s unconstrained status at the state level might just prove helpful if and when the federal status changes.
With this kind of legislation having passed in two more states and Mr. Sessions out of the picture, Cannabis in this country and across the world has never stood such a chance of being brought to the light of total public acceptance. Now with 33 states working to reform the status of Cannabis locally, the language of the Farm Bill might prove to be transitional for this plant on the national scale. Despite the cynicism, this is why voting matters. This is what happens when we move to enact change; the midwest sees a glimmer of hope for progressive legislation, and we all get the chance to craft our environment the way we see fit.