It took several election cycles for my state to pass a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana.
Billions of dollars was spent by opposition forces, mostly working for the GOP, to block my state from securing legal access to cannabis.
There were wealthy mega-donors from places as far as Las Vegas that were pouring cash into the state to stop the passage of marijuana reform laws. Although it was obvious that there wasn’t enough support for broad recreational cannabis legalization, the tides were turning for medical cannabis. We tried and failed to get the measure added to the November ballot one year; but after waiting for the next election cycle, we were successful on both fronts. We got the measure up for a vote, and it passed with over 70% of approval. This was a huge win for marijuana advocates in my state, especially those of us desperately waiting to become medical marijuana patients. Even once we had a constitutional amendment in place giving us access to physician-approved cannabis medication, the state legislature strong-armed the people in our state. We spent three years fighting a smoking-ban that prevented patients from buying traditional cannabis flower products. That’s right, for three years you couldn’t buy traditional marijuana, the way it was grown, harvested, and sold for thousands of years. Even after we successfully destroyed the smoking ban, the state legislature is trying to impose THC caps on all marijuana products. It’s a massive tax on the desperate medical marijuana patients in the state, and they are trying to do it during a pandemic.