On this Thanksgiving Day, we want to take a bit of a time out to express those things related to cannabis for which we are thankful. Just to be clear, we are focusing on cannabis, not because we think cannabis takes priority over everything else (because it does not), but merely because this is a cannabis blog. So, with that caveat, here goes.
1. We are thankful for our readers, both here and on our Canna Law Blog Facebook Page. We are thankful for your loyalty and we are especially thankful for our being able to interact with you. We are thankful for your comments, from which we learn all sorts of new things and from which we are challenged. But most of all, we are thankful and honored that you trust us for your information.
2. We are thankful for each and every award we have received, many of which come from our readers and from our clients and from those who know us. In just the past few months, The ABA Journal (the leading lawyer association and magazine) named us to its top 100 Legal Blog List and the Expert Institute chose us as Best Speciality Blog.
3. We are thankful for Oregon starting legalization faster than anyone ever thought possible and we are especially thankful for how our Portland Office and our Oregon attorneys stepped up (and are still stepping up) to help our many clients interested in building an Oregon cannabis business. We have to give a big shout out and thanks to Vince Sliwoski, who not only heads up our Portland office and provides over-the-top client service to Oregon marijuana businesses, but also without fail churns out great stuff every week as the Ask A Pot Lawyer columnist for the Portland Mercury.
4. We are thankful for the majority of voters realizing that each individual should be able to decide especially for herself/himself regarding cannabis and we are particularly thankful that this desire to normalize cannabis is spreading across the United States. Most of all though, we are thankful for the tens of thousands of people who will NOT be going to jail this year for marijuana. But we would be seriously remiss on this Thanksgiving Day if we did not call for pardoning more than just turkeys: those serving prison sentences for marijuana — especially those who did nothing but have it in their possession — should be pardoned as well.
5. We are thankful for those states that are slowly (always far too slowly) moving forward with cannabis. Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Florida are just some of the states that have been moving forward in the past year or so.
6. We are especially thankful for those who believe and even fight for legalization even though they themselves do not consume and even though some of them do not believe anyone at all should consume. These are the people who realize that it is not for them to decide what others do and that our country (and other countries as well) do best when letting people decide for themselves. Or to quote from Abe Lincoln, these people may simply realize the following:
Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
7. Most of all though, we are thankful for the great friends we have made by having been in this industry since 2010. You readers already know that the diversity of the cannabis industry mirrors the diversity of the country as a whole, and we are thankful that this realization of normalcy is starting to spread and the belittling of those in this industry and those who consume is on the decline. As we so often ask on our Facebook page: why can’t we all just get along? Let’s please at least get along today.
Thank you, all of you, from the Canna Law Group.