In 2018, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford warned of the medical marijuana question on the state ballot: “This state question is being sold to Oklahomans as a compassionate medical marijuana bill by outside groups that actually want access to recreational marijuana.”
The time has come, and Oklahomans will vote next month on Question 820, a marijuana legalization and commercialization bill. The State Supreme Court ruled that the ballot could not be included in the 2022 midterm election. Governor Kevin Stitt set the date for March 7.
By December 31, 2022, five donors gave over $3.2 million in support of legalizing marijuana, a big commercial enterprise. According to Ballotpedia, the opposition had not yet raised money. However, Protect Our Kids PAC is currently raising funds to oppose the ballot. Continue reading Oklahoma votes on marijuana ballot in March
The Los Angeles Times articles in a series called “Legal Weed – Broken Promises” highlight the false promises of marijuana legalization. The latest article on marijuana legalization suggests that state legislators have finally woken up; they now want to take action to stop the problems. Reports show rampant labor abuses, human trafficking, exploitation and the deaths of 32 marijuana farm workers.
It’s hard to imagine a political movement that has failed more miserably. Even now the use of cannabis has leveled off at 12% of the population, up from 7% in 2013, but not likely to increase.
Unlike the LA Times, the national press rarely chooses to explore why marijuana legalization doesn’t work. Even reputed sources such as PBS take their information from the cannabis industry instead of independent investigations.*
We’ve reported on the many lies of the marijuana legalization movement. These Los Angeles Times articles detail the societal harms of marijuana legalization (without even showing its harm to individual users):
Dec. 29, 2022
Legal Weed, Broken Promises: A Times series on the fallout of legal pot in California
Dec. 22, 2022
Dying for your high: The untold exploitation and misery in America’s weed industry
Sept. 22, 2022
Inside California’s pot legalization failures: Corporate influence, ignored warnings
Sept. 15, 2022
‘$250,000 cash in a brown paper bag.’ How legal weed unleashed corruption in California
Sept. 8, 2022
The reality of legal weed in California: Huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and deaths
* An exception to the industry-slanted reporting comes from Rocky Mountain PBS, specifically “Insight with John Ferruggia.“