They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXII

Legalize cannabis

Of course Jesse Ventura is right. Cannabis is both an invaluable resource medicinally and a boost for the economy. Cannabis generates huge tax revenue (which will only continue to increase), and creates a vast number of jobs. It has been projected that by 2020, the cannabis industry will have created a quarter of a million jobs, and that’s with only eight states having legalized recreational cannabis. If we, as Jesse Ventura suggests, legalize cannabis in all fifty states, we would create millions of new jobs.

The other thing Ventura gets right here is the need to destigmatize cannabis. Even in places with state-legal cannabis, the stigma remains — the product of decades of Reefer Madness-esque propaganda and the inane drug policies of the War on Drugs. We need to make sure the Trump Administration’s anti-cannabis bias from perpetuating and adding to the stigma. Ending the stigma and legalizing the plant go hand and hand and we need to work at both.

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