Americans can reduce their Trump-induced stress with marijuana.
BY AMANDINE RICHE
Looking back over the last few months, it is safe to say that there has been a fair share of doom and gloom moments, not least of which was the American presidential election. Yet whilst the election of Donald Trump as president of one of the most powerful countries in the world is, without a doubt, a blight on mankind and one we’d sooner like to forget, the United States did take a great leap forward that very same night. November 8th 2016 marked the legalisation of recreational marijuana in the states of California, Nevada and Massachusetts, the biggest victory in the legalisation of the drug since Colorado and Washington’s approval of recreational weed in 2012.
Although there still a long way to go, “this represents a monumental victory for the marijuana reform movement,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drugs Policy Alliance. According to the Washington Post, ‘reformers were jubilant’ and rightfully so. California is home to 12% of the U.S population and its economy equals that of ‘a large industrial country’s’ (New York Times).
This coup blows the doors wide open for further reform and, hopefully the total legalisation of recreational marijuana in the United States. Though opponents of this reform argue that it will lead to higher risks in public safety, supporters counter this argument, stating that legalising weed will help end the war on drugs that ‘has fueled mass incarceration and disproportionately affected people of color’ (The Guardian). Though this is probably far into the future, it seems a good enough goal to continue the fight against the criminalisation of marijuana and in the short term, though Trump may be president, at least the good people of Nevada, Massachusetts and California can now calm their nerves with a nice spliff.
[ Picture: People gather for an election watch party put on by supporters of a legal marijuana initiative in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Nancy Wiechec/Reuters]