The 2020 US general elections are fast approaching in what might be the most crucial cycle yet for cannabis reform. Candidates up and down the ballot will have a direct impact on cannabis policy across the country and it’s up to the people to make their voice heard.
There’s a presidential election happening too.
If you’ve got everything sorted out – who you’re going to vote for, how the individual candidates intend to vote on cannabis issues, etc. – then you’re all set. But, for the rest of us, here’s a little help.
First, let’s make sure you’re registered to vote. Despite what you’ve heard on Twitter, it has never been easier to register or check your voter registration. There’s a few different ways you can go about doing this, but to simplify things: go here.
That link takes you to HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project. It works as a one-stop shop for political potheads seeking information. There’s a big green “register to vote” button that’ll get you sorted if you’ve just turned 18 or haven’t registered in the past. And, if you’ve previously registered, now’s the time to double-check your registration – you can do that on the site as well.
The reason we’re so keen on this site is that it also has a state-by-state breakdown of how politicians have previously voted in regards to cannabis reform.
The initiative to get out the stoner vote might strike non-imbibers as comical or niche, but the cannabis market in the US alone was worth an approximate $13.6 billion in 2019. For perspective, the US video game market was worth about $40 billion that same year.
When you consider the fact that cannabis is still a schedule-one controlled substance in the US (meaning the federal government treats it the same as heroin and methamphetamine for policy purposes), there remains significant amount of room for capital growth.
One person who understands the importance of getting cannabis users registered to vote is Higher Ground TV creator Michael Stusser. In partnership with Seattle-based Saints Joints, which now has locations in California and Oklahoma, his company has created a dead-simple product called the “Ballot Box” that connects purchasers directly to the Cannabis Voter Project to register them to vote.
Per a press release from Higher Ground TV, the Ballot Box is “a high-end box of cannabis joints designed to smash stoner stereotypes by registering people to vote. In addition to five premium pre-rolls, the Ballot Box contains a QR code that immediately registers voters, a mini version of the Bill of Rights, and non-partisan information about voting and elections.”
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