Leaders Lead, Government Bureaucracies Impede, CBE’s 2014 Political 50
I’m not sure this is what our founding fathers had in mind when James Madison and the US Constitutional Congress met in 1787 to come up with the law of the land. States’ rights and the fear of repeating what they saw as England’s tyrannical government heavily influenced the historic document that today is the model of government in the free world.
The debate to legalize cannabis and hemp in any form has been led by several forces with opposing views typically represented by activists, grass root movements, government agencies or political leaders (predominantly Democrat or Republican) and of course wealthy or committed individuals that have played the dominant role in bringing the industry to where it is today. The editors of www.cannabisbusinessexecutive.com have had fun putting together the 2014 CBE Political 50 which attempts to identify who the leaders are and who is impeding progress as the train ride to federal legalization continues its uphill climb….we think the train has just about reached the top of the mountain!
Don’t get us wrong, there are several pro prohibition folks who we respect as leaders even though their beliefs run counter to the industry’s goal to end prohibition. We respect CBE Political 50 members like Dr. Nora Volkow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and former Democratic Congressman Patrick Kennedy, honorary advisor at Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) but cringe when we think about Richard Nixon (duh!) or Sheldon Adelson. My kid’s generation doesn’t feel that our fearless leader, Barack Obama, has done enough to end prohibition (CBE obviously disagrees!).
Those of you that support the end to prohibition, remember Thomas the Train as you stay true to your cause, there are plenty of government leaders who have jumped on board and that are working diligently to create:
- Responsible and fair regulatory, licensing, and compliance guidelines.
- Fair and accessible banking for businesses and equal taxation guidelines.
- A criminal justice code where the crime and punishment systems at the state and federal levels truly reflect the reality of individual marijuana consumption and use.
…..and most importantly, that cannabis is rightfully scheduled or not scheduled at all by federal regulatory agencies that have perpetuated the propaganda and policies of past generations and clearly impeded the progress that the industry has made.
I can hear Thomas now…i think i can…I Think I Can….WE KNOW WE CAN!….as he reaches the apex and begins what promises to be a downhill ride, probably with a few detours along the way, in years to come.
President & Editor and Chief
THE CANNABIS BUSINESS EXECUTIVE POLITICAL 50