Well, you can see it in action as ever expanding legions of pro pot voting blocks, like ice calves birthed from giant glaciers, melt into, and become part of the vast waters of status puo.
Here’s how it works …
Firstly, the two protagonists shout and rage and argue about their positions. They remind me of hostile chimpanzee communities facing off with hootin’, hoppin’ and hollerin’, issuing a cacophony of opinion, threat and prophecy until logic and common sense are trampled my raw emotion.
This insane bickering, which could be called the discovery stage, serves to reveal the core beliefs of the opposing groups, not to each other, but to themselves.
Secondly, armed with their emotionally understood bottom line agendas, the groups come to seemingly illogical compromises as state and municipal legislatures craft laws and bureaucratic policies that attempt to satisfy various voting blocks, stakeholders, activists and campaign contributors.
Then we can move on to other feuds about other issues, leaving the long overdue resolution in the fight over the legalization of marijuana drifting in the vast waters of the “new” status quo.
And what does that resolution look like?
Well, crazy as it’ll seem to future generations, we’ll have a patchwork quilt of growers, processors, manufacturers, and distributors, all of whom will be highly regulated, and highly taxed.
We’ll have pharmaceutical gate keepers to dispense marijuana to those legally certified to buy it … which will serve to keep it out of the hands of kids (as with alcohol).
Naturally it’ll involve the medical community and those who regulate that entity. It will also require new bureaucrats, inspectors and revenue agents; oh, and don’t forget the financing, branding and corporate intrigues. And the crop land protections. And the integrity of the transportation and distribution arms.
Only thing for certain is that it’s going to be a wild show for the next decade or so … after which, well just imagine walking into your corner Walgreens or Rite Aid. See the section that looks something like a garishly over-illuminated tea shop but that smells different?
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