WHAT IS THE STATE OF MARIJUANA TODAY?
Temecula, CA – What is the state of marijuana today?
That would depend on who you ask. It is important however, to realize that most people believe our world is LxWxH, x,y, and z, or past, present, and future. In the reality I know, the world is made of The Real, The Symbolic, and The Imaginary. Because of this construct the single day event will yield a series of reports detailing the true state of marijuana today, and pot isn't just bustin' out in the United States. Mary Jane Green is spreading across the globe, much the same as any great idea spreads – one bud at a time.
Since cannabis is a complex issue, and one with a very long history we begin our The State of Marijuana Conference series held in Santa Monica last Saturday by asking the basic question put forth by Deborah Peterson Small, executive director of Break The Chains. She addressed a small intimate diverse group of 11 sitting in a half circle sitting in front of her. 'With hundreds of people of color still being arrested daily but gatherings like this which feature entrepreneurs sometimes making millions, like Weedmaps, is marijuana a movement [to end people getting imprisoned for using a proven God given plant] or an industry, young, growing, and offering opportunity? If an industry, why then are people of color still getting arrested while white businessmen are allowed to operate?'
Ms. Small, a lawyer and social justice advocate whose son works at BofA for spite, gave us her 3 reasons for this which will be listed later in this report, but we of my reading audience who reside in the wings of Shakespeare's Stage, have to do an 'aside' here, for you see, Ms. Small was given 'trash time', a term used by my civic board cousin when informed of the speaker's topic by me the next day. It's called 'trash time' because the staff are starting to clean up and the majority of the conference attendees are already enjoying themselves elsewhere. Was this a slight oversight? Yes. Was it deliberate? No, but it was telling.