In its various campaigns around the US and the world, cannabis legalization is being pitched for its economic and medical benefits, but the international community may soon acknowledge that, at its core, legalization is an act of peace. Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica is up for the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination comes from the Dutch advocacy group, Drugs Peace Institute, who stated in their nomination, “Acceptance of this consumption by society and the concomitant development of understanding of its use as a natural medicine, historically used for spiritual liberation, might initiate a process of healing.“ Finally, someone says what all the optimists have been thinking.
While Mujica, the “World’s Poorest President,” receives praise for taking a stand on legalization, our leaders in the US dance around it in a delicate game of PR. Just a couple of weeks after President Obama showed more public support for legalization than any previous president, his VP tells TIME that the administration does not support a federal move for legalization. Joe Biden conceded that the federal government is shifting away from heavy prosecution, but maintained that it’s not their policy. He and the president may, however, have to make a decisive move sooner than they think. Businesses seeing massive revenues from legal marijuana sales desperately need access to the national banking system, which the banks won’t budge on until they have a clear go-ahead from the federal government.
The attitudes of the American public may be shifting quickly, but official statements from various of organizations are still hedging their bets, broaching the topic with caution. That’s definitely progress for the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league’s stance on cannabis would “follow the medicine,” though he did not predict the scales tipping toward acceptance at the time. Just days after America’s two legalized states faced off in the Super Bowl, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark appeared on ESPN making a case for cannabis acceptance in the NFL. He described cannabis as a safer alternative to addictive pharmaceutical pain medication, citing the addictions of players like Brett Favre. Though he made a coherent and compelling argument, Clark also managed to out pot-smoking NFL players who find ways to work around their drug-testing schedule. Let’s hope the wrong NFL administrator doesn’t hear about that.
Speaking of outing people, some bad news for kids who have been getting away with using vape pens because the adults around them simply didn’t know what they were. The jig is up! An incredibly clueless report from Denver’s local CBS affiliate shows the first signs of local schools catching on to the trend. Lakewood High School Principal Ron Satagna said, “Teachers are aware of what to look for. The nervous habit of biting on your pen has a new meaning to it.” The report also included a quote confirming the trend from a student at the school. Bad look, Jack Maestas. No one will ever smoke you out now.
But overall… WE’RE WINNING!!!