This is How Prohibition Ends, Not With a Bang But With MRMR

The sentiment that Minnesota is ready for the full legalization of Cannabis has moved well beyond a slogan, and on to being a tangible matter of fact. Last night, Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation (MRMR – or ‘murmur’ – NOT ‘Mister Mr.’) officially launched their mobilization campaign, and the room was packed with passionate supporters. A feeling of inevitability and confidence energized the scene.

I hope and I expect that this new law will make it safer by making it more difficult for kids to buy cannabis . . . while respecting the right of responsible adults to choose whether or not to consume a product that is objectively safer in all ways than alcohol or nicotine.

Leili Fatehi 2019

Hosted by Icehouse, the evening kicked off with MRMR Campaign Director Leili Fatehi revving up the crowd with some tough love, and introducing Mayor Jacob Frey. Mayor Frey has a natural and authentic connection to the issue, and, just as he did for the Grand Opening of Stigma Hemp, addressed not only the exciting growth happening across the legal industrial hemp marketplace, but stayed laser focused on the inherent social justice components that must be written into future legislative efforts. The crowd responded with fierce aplomb.

This work matters to me for a number of reasons, first and foremost is equity. You mentioned that Cannabis is safer than nicotine or alcohol, and it is. Unless you’re a black man who’s been stuck in prison for the last 20 years because he got caught with a joint. We’re talking about expungements, which needs to happen. We’re talking about making sure that Communities of Color have access to licenses and permits that go out, and that matters.

Mayor Jacob Frey 2019

As sponsors, Canna.MN found ourselves in a cozy corner with a handful of industry hustlers talking to a constant, enthusiastic, and well educated throng of optimistic folks. Perhaps the most consistent question of the evening, “What are you doing to include and support Communities that have been disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs?” The short answer, “Whatever it takes.” The long answer, “How can we work together to make sure these efforts are sustained and successful through the legalization process, and beyond to the legal marketplace?” There is much work to be done, and it was inspiring to hear about these efforts from citizen activists, and those building and sharing businesses rich with opportunity.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

R.E.M. 1987
Leili Fatehi (L) and Josh Maslowski (R) digging on Malamanya’s music

Other sponsors with tables set up included Boveda – a humidity freshness packet made right here in Minnesota, adapted from the cigar industry! Stalwart Stigma Hemp‘s Josh Maslowski was on hand with infectious smiles, and a tableful of dank products. Cosmic Cacao made everyone blush with their sinfully tasty treats, and Kronic Kandles and Medicinal Blends lit up our corner with even more infectious smiles.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

T.S. Eliot ‘The Hollow Men” 1925