The tide has shifted over the years, and, while all the politicians may not yet realize it, they’re smarter to hitch their wagons to legalization than prohibition.
Days after officials in Columbia, Missouri certified that activists collected enough signatures to force a recall vote on a city councilwoman after she reversed her support for decriminalizing marijuana cultivation, she has resigned. […]
Chadwick had been targeted by a coalition of activists upset with her reversal on two issues. Despite supporting the decriminalization of growing marijuana during her campaign, she voted against it once seated on the Council. And she angered many voters by helping to broker a deal for a new student housing development after initially opposing the project. Together, groups working on those issues turned in more than enough signatures to force a recall vote that would have taken place in April. […]
â€œChadwick made a mistake fairly typical of politicians. Quite simply, she underestimated the degree to which marijuana policy reform motivates constituents,â€ Amber Langston, deputy director of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, told Marijuana.com in an interview. […]
Chadwick â€œthought she could appeal to the majority by saying she was in support, but didnâ€™t count on that same majority holding her accountable for failing to stick to her word,â€ Langston said. […]
The episode is an indication that the politics of marijuana have significantly shifted. Whereas the issue was once the butt of jokes and seen by most politicians as too risky to touch for fear of being labeled â€œsoft on crime,â€ reform now has majority voter support and legalization has been approved in four states and Washington, D.C.
â€œChadwickâ€™s recall effort and resulting resignation show that marijuana is anything but the third rail issue it used to be,â€ said Langston. â€œInstead, this discussion cannot be avoided any longer in the political arena. Hopefully this will be a lesson to other public representatives that the tide has turned on cannabis prohibition in Missouri.â€
Good for Amber and the other activists involved!