This is in the Trump administration’s fashion , completely short-sighted approach to job security and growth. How backwards is this administration? Denying climate change, proliferating coal extraction and continuing to persecute those in a growth industry. According to a report in politico.com. Canadians and I guess anyone working in the legal Cannabis industry outside of the United Stated, face denial of entry into the US.
How does that affect Jamaicans? How can a county’s legal reach go beyond its own borders? According to Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency will continue to apply long-standing U.S. federal laws and regulations that treat marijuana as a banned substance — and participants in the cannabis industry as drug traffickers — who are inadmissible into the U.S. Although some U.S. states have eased marijuana laws, the U.S. continues to maintain a federal prohibition that applies at the border.
A Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs press officer for the U.S. State Department told The Star via email that “admission requirements into the United States will not change due to Canada’s legalization of cannabis.” For Jamaicans they would simply mean being denied a visa.
Until when is the question? Until the job market is so saturated with Cannabis worker that the US will be compelled to repeal Cannabis laws at the federal level? We already know the CARCOM, the United Nations and World Health Organisation are taking conservative measures to amend the classification of Cannabis and other plant substances that are beneficial to humanity but not necessarily a few people’s bank accounts or an individual nation’s economy… well, not yet and not exclsively.
We need to embrace this industry in all its facets. We need to stop persecuting Ganja farmers on our own shores, (campaign). The world is calling for change and the planet needs it. Bureaucracy aside, people need to live their lives. Just let it be.
As a Ganjactivist I hereby call on all persons who still have humanity in their hearts to support our Ganja farmers and industry practitioners. The implications are far reaching, perhaps this is one of the reasons Elon Musk drew such heat when he smoked a spliff during a live online broadcast with podcast host, Joe Rogan. A completely harmless act, but on that got headlines and raised eyebrows. Some say it tanked his stock on the day by some 9 percentage points. If I had the dosh available I’d invest. Not necessarily in Tesla, but in Mr Musk. It’s about foresight.
The bottom line is that the future is really upon us. Cosmetically we can surely still look down on Ganja use and the plant itself. How one can look down on a plant escapes me, but I am a mere humanliving.
~One Love #IamAGanjactivist