" Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow."

Bob Marley 1973

Excessive regulation and excessive taxation are causing major problems with marijuana legalization. I have been talking about these problems with anyone that would listen for nearly 20 years. I am aware that it will take local, state, and federal government working together to allow marijuana plants to truly be treated like the other herbs in our markets and pharmacies. As well as to see justice served in the expunging of related records and a market that is easy for any Iowa citizen to enter. We have allies in local, state, and federal governance that have been fighting for this, some new faces, and some that have been fighting since before I was born.

Republican Senators Mike Crapo (ID), Lindsey Graham (SC), and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) are the last dominoes against an end to federal prohibition of marijuana. In Iowa Democrat AG Tom Miller and Republican Governor Kim Reynolds stand firmly against ending prohibition. These people are on the wrong side of history and in the case of Crapo, Graham, and McConnell it appears to me that their investments in hemp and medical marijuana are the reasons for their grandstanding against a complete end to prohibition. For Reynolds and Miller their ties to large pharmaceutical attempts to stifle a freer marijuana market appear dubious at best.

When Oregon legalized marijuana in 2014, the state tried very hard to stifle its black market by ensuring the path into the legal market was as easy as possible. It did not limit licenses and it simplified regulations, creating a program with one of the lowest barriers to entry in the United States.

The evidence is there. Oregon is an easy place to find high-quality, cheap, legal marijuana. If you’re an Oregonian living in a town or county with legal pot and you want to buy marijuana, there is no reason to shop illegally. With North Dakota decriminalizing, and Colorado and Chicago legalizing, Des Moines law enforcement are going to continue to be inundated with illegal marijuana and exportation when we do not have a shortage of violent crimes that they could be focusing on. I stand firm that the city needs to do everything in its power to move us towards the goal line of #legalizedesmoines.

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