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Q&A: Marijuana Supporters Across America Weigh in on 4/20

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By The Associated Press

(AP) — America’s marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday: Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group.

Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.

Yet cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and it still has many opponents.

Here’s a look at what some advocates and critics have to say about the state of marijuana in the U.S. today:

— KELLY PEREZ, DENVER

CEO and founder of kindColorado, which provides community engagement opportunities for the cannabis industry to be assets in communities.

WHAT DOES 420 MEAN TO YOU?

“It’s a celebration, and we still have work to do. The war on drugs has not ended; the negative impact on communities of color has not ended. So we still have work to do even though we’re legal in Colorado. There are states surrounding us that aren’t. And as long as one black or brown youth is arrested for possession, we still have our work to do.”

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE STATE OF MARIJUANA IN THE U.S.?

“It’s an incredibly exciting time. There’s so much opportunity, but we really do want to keep our roots in change and the people’s liberation and reforming criminal justice and moving the legalization conversation forward but not forgetting those social justice issues.”

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT GO?

“I want legalization to continue to be self-reflective and continue moving forward so that no one is arrested for cannabis possession. But also that we are having opportunities for people to enter this legal industry, especially folks who have been impacted by the war on drugs. … We haven’t done what we need to do for an industry built on the backs of black and brown and sick people.”

DO YOU USE MARIJUANA? HOW DO YOU CONSUME IT?

“There is a brand that has a tincture that is very high CBD, low THC. … It’s a dropper that I’ll put a little bit in my drink. And not drive — that’s super important. That’s not very strong actually, but you need to be very careful about the way you consume.”

— LINCOLN FISH, SAN DIEGO

CEO of Outco Inc., a marijuana cultivator and wholesaler near El Cajon, California.

WHAT DOES 420 MEAN TO YOU?

“I often tell people it’s a lot of fun. Seriously, can you think of another industry that owns a day of the year and a minute of the day? I mean, really — nobody else has anything like that, so it’s pretty special. And I think it signifies everything we’ve all been fighting so hard for … just the freedom and the awareness more than anything else.”

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE STATE OF MARIJUANA IN THE U.S.?

“It’s three steps forward, two steps back. We had some reasonably good news recently from the feds, and Trump says he’s supporting medical, and as far as he’s concerned, recreational is up to the states. That being said, you know, he might change his mind in a tweet tomorrow. So we need more protection than that, but I think it’s going the right way.”

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT GO?

“Where I’d like to see it go is for it to take its rightful place — certainly on the medical side, replacing some of these awful, horrible drugs that people are using. It can replace opioids in many, many situations, but we have a whole range of medical research to do on this that’s never been able to be completed because of the silliness around it. On the recreational side, I want to see it take its rightful place right in there compared with … alcohol and tobacco and so forth that people are using on a regular basis.”

DO YOU USE MARIJUANA? HOW DO YOU CONSUME IT?

“Before I got involved in the industry, I didn’t. In fact, I consider myself probably part of the problem. I didn’t understand it well. I didn’t know about all the hypocrisy, and I was a nerd in college. Now I use vapes. I’m not a good smoker. Even a cigarette — I take one puff, and I fall on the floor coughing. And I don’t like edibles because of the delayed effects and the uncertainty. But certainly tinctures and vapes, I enjoy very much.”

— JOY HOLLINGSWORTH, SHELTON, WASHINGTON

Hollingsworth’s family owns a marijuana farm south of Seattle, where they grow about 9,000 plants and employ 30 people at peak harvesting.

WHERE WILL YOU MARK 420?

“I will be in Los Angeles, California, hanging out with some friends and some people who are interested in cannabis, and kind of learn the market and what is going on in California. And to celebrate that opportunity — their first 420 being a legal market.”

WHAT DOES 420 MEAN TO YOU?

“The celebration of cannabis, not just recreationally but medicinally — the actual plant that has helped so many people — and just a day where people can come celebrate and kind of learn about the plant. It’s a day where we all get together and vibe out on the celebration of this medicine.”

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE STATE OF MARIJUANA IN THE U.S.?

“I feel the industry is moving toward a good balance of small farmers and commercialization and a better, wide spread of the plant for people to be able to have access to it.”

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT GO?

“I would like to see the cannabis industry go into people having more access to the plant so we’d be able to see the medical benefits to cannabis — not just inhaling it or eating it, but also being used as a topical, as a salve, being able to have access to CBD because of all the wonderful things that this plant can offer medically.”

DO YOU USE MARIJUANA? HOW DO YOU CONSUME IT?

“I use marijuana and cannabis every day in a CBD salve form, so a topical form.”

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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