Marijuana Is Legal For The Entire West Coast

Marijuana Is Legal For The Entire West Coast

By Daron Babin - November 14, 2016

Marijuana Is Legal For The Entire West Coast

It’s almost hard to believe that we’ve come this far with Marijuana Legalization, but marijuana is legal for the entire West Coast . It’s true…and you can celebrate this fact even if only for a short time. Now I’m not predicting that a Trump presidency is going to do the worst thing possible that most of us have imagined, and enforce federal law. I’m not saying that at all.

What I am saying, is that the people of spoken. In 8 of the 9 states with a marijuana vote on their ballot this past Tuesday…they voted to approve it in their state. This bring our current number of of legal marijuana states up from 4 to 8, and now a total of 28 medical marijuana states. With an improving public opinion poll on legalizing marijuana in America, it brings the overall support to 60%. With this past Tuesday’s response at the ballot boxes, this is nothing to sneeze at.

We were in California at one of the spots I would consider ground zero for the legalization effort in California, at a Drug Policy Action Prop 64 campaign watch party. It was an amazing moment to watch the word spread through our team. We were in the middle of our live broadcast for #MJElectionNight, so when the news came…you could feel the energy bristle in the room and amp up quickly. Then to be able to lean forward to open the mic for Russ Belville & Laura Bianchi’s ear piece and to whisper to them, “They’re calling it, Prop 64 in California has passed!” 

Then suddenly it hit, the reality that marijuana is legal for the entire West Coast. This was done by the will of the people, not by a few…but by many. This vote has enabled access to marijuana, legally, for 1 in 5 Americans. This is significant. While the fallout from the Presidential election continues to play out, the impending pressure from the will of the people on this new administration is yet to play out. I see a lot of people trying to play the pundit to attempt to extrapolate the meaning of it all.

Let me help provide a different perspective. We all need achievable goals. Once that we can recognize, and celebrate making them happen. No matter how it shakes out from a federal policy standpoint, the entire horde of people involved in making this cycle happen for marijuana legalization need to take a bow. There was a lot of opposition, a lot of internal strife with industry insider factions that clashed over the outcome and their personal visions of what legal marijuana looks like.

No matter what, EVERYONE was in it to win it.