When those around my age (31) are sitting in their rocking chairs on their front porch, vaporizing their legal cannabis in some space-age device, will they look back on the history of cannabis law reform and see 2010 as the year it all really began?

Rob Kampia from the Marijuana Policy Project recently wrote an interesting op-ed in which he re-caps 2010 and how we got to this point.

But before a single vote tally is reported, it should be noted that — regardless of any results next week — 2010 might already go down in history as a major turning point in the government’s failed war on marijuana. It was the year when marijuana prohibition became ingrained as a topic of mainstream public discourse, when political strategists first openly encouraged both major parties to embrace marijuana voters, and when – without much national notice or outrage – a Western state (not California) began to enact the first widespread system of legal, licensed, and regulated marijuana stores anywhere in the nation.

The unprecedented levels of mainstream media coverage generated by Prop. 19 and other marijuana issues cannot be overlooked. When virtually every TV news outlet and major print or online publication in the country gives prominent coverage to marijuana policy, it compels millions of Americans to think seriously about this issue for perhaps the first time in their lives. People who for years may have thought regulating marijuana was a “fringe” idea unlikely to ever come to fruition will inevitably reconsider as they see mothers, former police officers, and a former U.S. surgeon general renouncing our current policies live on television.

Every great movement in history has a year in its life that can be pointed to as THE year. The year when they were no longer a fringe movement, but a mainstream force to be reckoned with. Will 2010 be that year for cannabis?

Much of it depends on California’s Prop 19. If it loses, 2010 will just be the year we went big and failed. Another year will become “THE year.”

So it’s up to us. Is 2010 our year? The sooner we officially begin the long road to full legalization, the better it will be for us and those that come after us. What will our legacy be to them? Will they say we stepped up when history called our name, or that we failed and left them with the pieces?

Joe Klare

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.

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  1. Daniel Hebert

    Let this be the year. Looking back at the 60’s we thought that legalisation was going to happen soon. “It’s inevitible!”, was what we said. Now my hopes are about as high as they have ever been but I dare not think that it has to happen this year or any time in my lifetime, or ever for that matter. I can only hope so as I sit here in amazement that such a scam could go on for this long. Do us all a favor and please vote yes on prop 19 next week.
    Here’s an interesting tidbit. I reciently heard that Monsanto is working on genetically engineered cannabis, after which they will patent it. It’s a patent on life and it’s the power of money. If they suceed, and cannabis is legalised, and then if any existing farms are polluted by their pollen and the resulting seeds grown, the farmer can and will be sued so that I believe sadly that Monsanto will eventually own the cannabis industry if it comes to fruition. This is not far fetched as it already happened with “Round Up Ready” corn and soy beans, and with total disregard by the courts as to weather or not intentionally grown. Most farmers here and in Canada and God knows where else have to grow only this corn now. There is a documentary that tells about it called Food Inc. It’s time to collect your “pure” seeds folks. Seriously!!! Collect them even if you do not intend to grow them now. A percentage of them will remain viable for several years and more and they may be the only safe seeds to grow that aren’t patented by Monsanto. If you are a grower, pollenate a branch or two of each crop and save the resulting seeds. I apologise for changing the subject here but I feel that it is of utmost importance for preserving our freedom. (appolagies also for misspellings).

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