I come from a family of generational cannabis enthusiasts.
I mistakenly assumed that it was my Grandmother that was actually smoking bud back in the 1940s in jazz clubs in NYC, however she says that our family was growing cannabis plants for personal use in the mid to late 1870s.
It’s genuinely hard to believe marijuana use in my family goes back this far! But back then, there was nothing illicit about it. Things changed in the early 1990s when it became a critical weapon used against both immigrants and people of color within the US and abroad. It’s a shame that upon exiting alcohol prohibition, the people I was with and I were at the heels of what would be a century-long drug war on cannabis medicine. All of us have more states in this country with some style of legal cannabis available right now, however there are still people who are working hard to try to politicize medical marijuana because they don’t agree that high THC levels are pressing for numerous users like myself. If they’re not doctors or pharmacologists, I don’t see how their opinions hold any sway in the slightest. Sadly, a good amount of these politicians are those who are creating the rules and regulations for medical cannabis in the states that only have medical marijuana programs and not recreational cannabis as well. Doctors have recognized that medical marijuana has great potential, and numerous studies have concluded this fact. I wish it would not be taken as a political issue for a great deal of people. All of us need full marijuana legalization at the federal level so the people I was with and I don’t have to be left to suffer at the hands of state governments that care more about their donors than they do about the real health and wellness of their citizens. I shouldn’t fear losing access to my medical marijuana products.