culture | 12.20.2019

Meet 6 Prohibitionists Who Turned A New Leaf

As more and more people begin to have a change of heart towards marijuana, we can now be hopeful that the cannabis prohibition will soon come to an end

The legalization of marijuana is progressing, thanks to certain prohibitionists. They’re coming together and are beginning to change their minds about marijuana as the support of the public continues to grow. Because these familiar faces are joining the pro-marijuana ship, we now have hope that anyone could change their minds. As more and more people begin to have a change of heart towards marijuana, we can now be hopeful that the cannabis prohibition will soon come to an end. These six prohibitionists have turned a new leaf.

1. Hillary Clinton

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Former secretary of state and now a democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election, Hillary is a firm supporter of reforming America’s marijuana laws. However, she hasn’t always been pro-marijuana. In 1996, she supported the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug that can lead to early sexual activity in adolescents. While many advocates and activists claim that Hillary’s ideas of reform aren’t going as far as they’d like, we are happy that she no longer thinks it will lead to teen pregnancy and drug addiction.

2. Kofi Annan

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Kofi Annan, who was Secretary General of the United Nations from 1997-2006, was responsible for upholding U.N. drug treaties that arranged international marijuana prohibition. However, his retirement has allowed him to examine the situation in the legal states of the US and around the globe. He now sees the War on Drugs and cannabis way differently than before. On February 23rd, 2016,  Annan called the world to end the War on Drugs, fight addiction and illegal trafficking by legalizing and regulating marijuana.

3. Justin Trudeau

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The Canadian prime minister has promised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. But he hasn’t always been a part of team cannabis. In May of 2010, he told Macleans magazine that he did not support the decriminalization of marijuana, or legalizing it for that matter. He claimed that “we all need our brain cells to deal with our problems”. A year earlier, he even voted in favor of a bill that would impose the mandatory minimum sentence for marijuana-related offences. We are so glad you changed your mind, Justin! Our brain cells are just fine.

4. Eric Holder

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While he was serving President Obama as U.S. Attorney General from 2009 to 2015, Holder worked in dead center of the country’s prohibition system. In 2011, Holder organized the Obama’s administration’s largest crackdown on marijuana. However, since leaving office, he has discussed changing the drug laws that he once supported. During an interview with PBS’ Frontline in February of 2016, Holder requested that cannabis be rescheduled in the Controlled Substances Act. He also expressed his support for decriminalization nationwide.

5. Patrick Moen

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Patrick Moen worked as a DEA agent for 10 years in Portland, Oregon in which he had to fight methamphetamine and heroin trafficking. After December, 2013, he decided to become a legal counselor for Private Holdings Inc, a private-equity firm that invests in the cannabis industry. Because of that, Moen was the first active DEA official to jump ship and leave the prohibition for the legalization sector.

6. Bill Blair

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Blair was very much involved in enforcing marijuana laws while he serves as police chief of Toronto. Before he became top cop in the largest city of Canada, Blair participated in the city’s organized crime unit that involved buying weed undercover. However, his outlook on Canada’s drug laws changed due to the time he spent fighting marijuana.

“Simply dealing with marijuana with a criminal sanction and a criminal sanction alone wasn’t achieving what we wanted to do,” he told The Toronto Star in January 2016″.

He’s now heading up Prime Minister Trudeau’s task force to legalize cannabis nationwide.

Did you know that these six prohibitionists have turned a new leaf? Do you know of anyone else who has had a sudden change of heart? Let us know on social media or in the comments section below.

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