Marijuana Reform in the U.S. and Thanksgiving News:
Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and families will gather around their tables to feast and give thanks. Some will give thanks for their rights and freedoms, and others will hope for additional rights and freedoms that may soon come. In the realm of U.S. marijuana reform, some states offer rights and freedoms that others do not and this ultimately depends on your geographic location. Currently, only four states have legalized recreational marijuana. Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado are the four states that passed law to legalize marijuana. Medical marijuana rights have been granted in 23 states currently and more expect the marijuana reform process to take positive steps in 2016. Those that have been through the process of reform already give thanks, but also look to show appreciation by giving to others during this holiday season. Oregon is one state where marijuana reform and giving to help others has made headlines in a frustratingly disappointing way.
The Business of Marijuana and Thanksgiving in Oregon:
There are many needy families all over the U.S. and Thanksgiving is one time of year when many groups and organizations work tirelessly to serve those that need a little extra support. On Thanksgiving, this support often comes by giving turkey dinners with all the fixings to families. The Thanksgiving meal can be an expensive one indeed, and meal support can go a long way in helping a family forget about their worries for a while and enjoy the holiday together. This is exactly what one group of ladies tried to do in Oregon this month, but their efforts were thwarted by the state and the women involved believe that it was due to their association with the marijuana industry.
According to the founder of the Women Leaders in Cannabis group, Lindsey Jacobsen, the Oregon Department of Human Services could not find the time to act as a conduit for donations from the Cannabis group. Jacobsen believes the Department of Human Services felt uncomfortable receiving and sending out donations from the Women Leaders in Cannabis Group. In response, the Department of Human Services states that it turns away donations from sponsors associated with the alcohol industry as well. The big question and concern here is, should the Department of Human Services turn away donations for needy families? The state has made the business of marijuana legal, and so these businesses should be allowed to offer charitable support for their community. The fact that they are turned away shows the disparity and divide that still exists within the general population, despite the support for marijuana reform that appears to be growing across the country. Thanksgiving should be a time to help others, and hopefully these groups can find another outlet for their charitable offers.