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Right now, we are in the middle of a presidential campaign. There is one topic that doesn’t usually make the agenda in the presidential campaign, and that is the drug war and medical marijuana as well. A number of the democratic candidates, most of them under political pressure, have come out in favor of some form of marijuana legalization. In the meantime, the Trump administration seems to have backpedaled. Donald Trump was always a social libertarian before he really got involved in politics. He was very critical of drug war. Now, after he became president, for whatever reason, the Trump administration seems to be pulling back not only on recreational marijuana, but on medical marijuana.
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This, of course, is always a secondary issue even for the Democrats. We want Medicaid for all, we want lower drug prices. Everybody wants something. Have a little freedom. Fact of the matter is, whatever the government decides to do is going to be extremely difficult terms of reforming the insanely expensive American medical system. Americans pay more (twice as much) per capita on health care as the second place country in the world. Our end outcomes are nowhere near other countries. We’re paying a whole lot of money and we’re not getting our money’s worth. And hence we have all these debates.
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At the same time that we are suppressing a natural medicine that could help millions of people. And we’re still arresting people for using a natural remedy that could help millions of people. This is something that goes to the very heart of everything that is being debated in the presidential campaigns, except that nobody is debating it or representing it directly. This is why we need to make this a really important topic, because it affects the health, the freedom, the whole functioning of law enforcement in the United States. I don’t know why Trump has reversed his position. But this is the issue that could cost Trump the election. And if anybody can get that point through to him, this could make a huge difference for everyone in America. One way or the other.
Richard Cowan is a former National Director of NORML, and co-founder of CBD Seniors.