Just as we are turning the tide and moving towards sensible marijuana policy nationwide, a few idiots are trying to set us back decades.
By Jacob Engels (Central Florida Post)
Roger Stone has mentored and advised President Donald Trump for nearly four decades. He has been encouraging Trump to run for President since 1988 and finally made his campaign for President a victorious reality in 2016.
These two men have attended each other’s weddings, family funerals, and still talk from time to time. Stone carries influence with Trump, that much cannot be disputed.
Roger Stone is also a longtime supporter of drug reform and legalization/medical marijuana.
Stone spoke at the 2003 “Countdown to Justice” rally against New York’s draconian racist “Rockefeller” drug laws over 15 years ago.
He believes in human rights, having opposed an Anti-Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment in Florida and also supported both efforts to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Florida.
Illustration by Jason Jack Underwood.
Recently, he founded the bi-partisan United States Cannabis Coalition to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions “Reefer Madness” assault on marijuana entrepreneurs.
Stone is slated to speak at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in Los Angeles next month, but according to MerryJane, some vendors and attendees want the longtime political operative removed from the speaking bill.
These ‘protestors” utilize re-cycled “research” from the pro-Hillary Media Matters for America, which purports to label Stone as a “racist”, ‘Anti-Semite” and “Misogynist. Stone is none of these things- it’s a smear.
In fact, Stone has apologized for a few things he said while “in character.”
Here are 5 reasons why that is utter bullshit. If there is one thing almost 75% of Americans can agree on, marijuana would be it.
1). TRUE BI-PARTISAN APPEAL: Stone’s bi-partisan United States Cannabis Coalition features people across the political spectrum. Hillary Clinton mega-donor and Democratic moneyman John Morgan is on the advisory board. HBO’s Bill Maher was added last week. Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano and Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz Pastor are also board members.
2). STONE HAS FOUGHT DRACONIAN DRUG LAWS FOR DECADES: Roger Stone has a 25-year history of drug law reform activism and was a highly visible and vocal critic of New York’s draconian Rockefeller drug laws which he called racist, ineffective, expensive and unjust in 2003.
3). MARIJUANA IS A UNIFYING FORCE: Yes, you may disagree with some of Stone’s political stances and his support of Donald Trump. However, marijuana is the only thing that the majority of Americans, no matter their political beliefs, can agree on. It’s asinine to try and purge Republicans/Conservatives/Libe
4). TRUE REFORM WON’T HAPPEN WITHOUT STONE: He is our last best hope in terms of convincing President Trump (first examined in The Weed Report), who does not smoke or drink, to get Jeff Sessions in line. During the campaign, Trump adopted and campaigned on a “states rights” approach to 420. Stone has the best shot at communicating the importance of President Trump keeping that campaign promise.
5). TRUMP’S FOCUS ON OPIOID CRISIS IS BACKDOOR FOR 420: President Trump has already started to roll-out his plans to attack the opioid epidemic that is facing this nation, an issue he is deeply concerned about. With the support of the cannabis industry at his back, Stone can help President Trump see the benefit of marijuana as a form of medicine, he might even be able to sell him on the economic benefit of full legalization.
To be completely honest, the marijuana/drug reform movement has not had an opportunity like this… EVER. For the first time, we have a majority of Republicans standing arm in arm with Democrats and Independents for sensible reform and 420 policy.
Media Matters for America is responsible for this phony hit job on Stone.
Jacked up by the screamers at MMFA a vocal minority thinks it is more important to squabble about petty political differences. They think that booting Stone from speaking at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo is “revolutionary.”
This behavior is not revolutionary. This behavior is not some honorable stand. It’s selfish, petty, and short-sighted.
If they think that they can really pass reform without the support of President Trump, Roger Stone, Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians… why hasn’t that calculus worked the past 40 years?
It hasn’t worked because politics is about addition, not subtraction… SIMPLE MATH. Don’t be horrifically stupid CWBCExpo… unite and fight for the right to #GetStoned!
This article originally appeared in the Central Florida Post.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, Infowars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.