Back in 2015, a small group of 24 investors successfully set a marijuana legalization measure on the Ohio ballot, which was ultimately met with mixed reviews. Besides sanctioning small quantities of the plant, the new measure only granted power to 10 land tracts to grow the herb (ultimately controlled by an investment group). Ultimately, this new piece of legislation sought to address inequality in the criminal justice system and social standings, altogether. According to additional sources, however, the plan fell short. While the New York Times called the Ohio group a monopoly, the Columbus Dispatch announced that only one black investor (a former NBA player) was included on the board. Let’s take a closer look at this situation and find out more about the irritating social problems surrounding legal marijuana.
Racial Injustice Abounds
Ultimately, the group of investors included a descendent of President William Howard Taft and a former member of a boy band, a team of Ohio’s wealthiest people who were determined to make a significant move towards marijuana legalization and equalize society. Although the measure failed by 64% to 36%, the citizens from Nevada, California, Maine, and Michigan still protested on the grounds that this measure focused on investment over racial equality. (Keep in mind, though, that research studies have confirmed that marijuana legalization does not affect racial problems whatsoever.)
Skepticism of Social Justice
From 2012 to 2018, the election results in 9 more state and our nation’s capital added to the skepticism creeping through politicians. Now, in 2019, lawmakers across New Jersey and New York are fighting for measures that focus on criminal justice and business equity in an attempt to create social equality in our country. Roseanne Scotti (State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance in New Jersey) emphasizes that information or hints about opportunities for equal business will not be enough nowadays. Add to that the problems with local marijuana legalization and prohibition and the growing problems in the legal system, and you may realize what a hot mess the little green plant is causing right now.
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.