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Another Step towards Federal Legal Cannabis?

Legalization of cannabis begins from the normalization of its use. Before being a legal matter, in other words, legalization is certainly a rhetorical and social project that involves politicians, traditional media and social media. Paradoxically enough, a tweet or a quote coming from the right person can potentially be more powerful than the draft of a bill that would maybe legalize marijuana, cannabis oil or whatever else the bill says. This is particularly true when it comes to the federal government of the United States. In fact, at a state level, politicians are still very close to the people they govern. In other words, local politicians can talk but they really have to act too, because the people who elected them live down the road. At a federal level, however, politics can sometimes acquire an almost philosophical aura, through which power moves more or less freely and words become extremely powerful.

In a recent interview for CNN’s documentary Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution, answering to the questions of the reporter, Obama said: “you know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public-health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be”. All considered, this is a very strong statement, one that could really have an impact, just like Obama’s statement on gay marriage certainly helped LGBT people all over the country to finally earn the rights they deserve.

Now, does this mean that cannabis will be legal at a federal level tomorrow? It’s very unlikely. Does it mean that people will finally be able to buy cannabis on websites like from wherever they want? That’s our hope, but it won’t happen next week. This said when the president speaks, the media listen, and people listen to the media. And if legalization comes only when “cannabis” becomes acceptable, this is certainly a great step towards the right direction.

It’s just a matter of time, that’s for sure. Too many states are already supporting medical marijuana. The federal government will soon follow the wind of change. In the end, politics follows what people want…and people want legal pot!