It seemed like it took an act of God to get medical cannabis legalized in my home state, especially when we couldn’t even get the law onto the ballot in the first place.
You have to get somewhere around 100,000 petitions signed to get a proposal for a constitutional amendment put to vote in this state.
I suppose this is to prevent abuse of the law, but it’s really hard to get the signatures in the first place. That’s why it took us three attempts to get it on the ballot before two attempts at voting for it before we garnered over 70% of the vote in the 2016 election. We all thought that the constitutional amendment that we were voting on would be as inclusive as possible, but we didn’t realize the degree to which the former governor and the current state legislature would attempt to mangle and contort the rules to benefit the pockets of pharmaceutical company shareholders. Even though we can finally purchase products like cannabis flower buds and edibles, we can’t even open our product containers before making our purchases. If you buy cannabis flower products, that means you can’t even smell or look at the buds before buying, making it a huge gamble. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had the strain before, since every harvest could be different to some degree. I wish these marijuana rules were not imposed by our state government, but they claim that it’s for “security” reasons. I can’t imagine how this is helping anyone, especially dispensaries that accept returns when a patient doesn’t have the desired effects with a specific strain.