UPSETS. Underdogs seize the day during March Madness just like the No 11 seeded Dayton Flyers did by bringing down Stanford and going to the Elite 8 round. Medical marijuana advocates have felt like the underdogs in every legislative battle for a long time too…but they are starting to see the kind of upsets that basketball fans are cheering on the court. Look no further than Colorado and Washington to see what we mean.
OVERTIME. This season’s March Madness set a record for the most overtimes in a single round of the tournament, clocking five in round 64. Working overtime is nothing new to medical marijuana advocates, which explains why we are seeing progress in unlikely places—like the conservative South. Alabama legislators passed “Carly’s Law” in honor of a three year old girl who could benefit from the now-legalized medical grade marijuana extract. Florida voters will have a chance to vote on legalizing medical marijuana in November. Countless hours of relentless work have gone into these victories.
CELEBRATION DANCES. The Mercer Bears made March Madness history by knocking Duke out of the second round with a 78-71 upset and marked the event with a crowd-pleasing rendition of a popular hip-hop craze, the “Nae Nae.” In meeting rooms, law offices, kitchens across the nation marijuana advocates are doing their own renditions of celebration dances over the victories, large and small. We imagine the February 12 congressional letter calling for President Obama to delist or at least re-classify marijuana more appropriately sent many marijuana supporters breaking out their best moves.
GAME STRATEGY. Zone or man-to-man? Fast break play or slow the game down? Coaches have to adjust their strategy based on game conditions. Marijuana advocates must do the same. In Oregon, medical marijuana dispensaries are having to deal with a ban on the sale of sweet and sugary edibles, some of their most popular products. Hopes are that public feedback will prompt the Oregon Health Authority to repeal the ban. Raise your voice at firstname.lastname@example.org and be part of the new game plan.
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