Former Governor Gary Johnson Puts Cannabis Unfriendly Lawmakers on Endangered Species List
MESQUITE, NV / ACCESSWIRE / March 19, 2015 / Former Governor Gary Johnson, President and CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc. (Stock Symbol OTCQB:CBDS), compared the legal marijuana industry to a dam about to burst and warned lawmakers opposing legalization to start packing their bags.
"The smart money has been waiting for the first big brand to emerge." The former Republican governor and 2012 Libertarian Presidential candidate spoke to an estimated 750 marijuana industry representatives attending a two-day conference at the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference. "Green Rush investors have been blue in the face waiting for a front-runner, but the starter's pistol is now raised and ready to sound the biggest bang since the end of Prohibition."
The two-term former governor had words of caution for state and national lawmakers who oppose or attempt to complicate legalization.
"More Americans favor legalization today than those who don't. Representatives who stand in the way of the people will be swept out of office."
Johnson's Cannabis Sativa, Inc. was rated fourth among the top eight legal cannabis companies by Forbes Magazine. The firm's wholly owned subsidiary, "hi," was hailed in the article as a brand to beat.
"Investors are about to get what they've been waiting for," Johnson hinted. "Big product variety, big distribution and the first mega brands in the legal marijuana industry. The road to legalization has been a rocky one, but no one doubts it's a superhighway paved in gold."
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Good News for Medical Marijuana
A bipartisan Senate bill that would permit the medicinal use of marijuana in states that allow it is slowly gaining support among lawmakers. The latest to sign on is Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, who became a co-sponsor of the bill on Tuesday.
Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, both Democrats, and Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, introduced the bill earlier this month. They were joined a day later by Dean Heller, Republican of Nevada. The editorial board praisedthe bill as “a big step in the right direction” even though it would not repeal the destructive federal ban on marijuana altogether.
Instead, it would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which is meant for drugs that have no acceptable medical uses, like heroin. The legislation would place cannabis into Schedule II, which includes drugs like cocaine and methadone that have legitimate medical uses but have a “high potential for abuse.” It would also ease restrictions on research of marijuana’s medical uses.
The support of Ms. Boxer, who has spent 30 years in Congress andsaid in January that she will not seek re-election in 2016, adds political heft to the bill and will hopefully encourage more liberal lawmakers to back it, too. Her home state was the first to allow the medical use of marijuana through a ballot initiative in 1996.
A slight majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana altogether, according to polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Centerand other organizations. But support is much higher for medical uses of the drug. In a 2013 Pew survey, 77 percent of Americans said marijuana has “legitimate medical uses.”
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