As the state of New York is anticipating legalizing adult use recreational cannabis in 2019, a film festival hopes to help reduce the stigma attached to cannabis. The NYC Cannabis Film Festival held its very first event in 2015. The purpose was to help take away the stigma attached to this widely misunderstood plant.
That was almost four years ago. Since then New York has seen monumental support growing for the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. If you ask medical patients about current access in the state many of them will tell you it sucks. It faces so many limitations that many patients turn to the black market for their medicine.
A Process of Healing
By removing the stigma attached to cannabis the public can begin a process of healing. One where the demonization of this plant will no longer be tolerated as normal acceptable behavior.
When cannabis prohibition began it was fueled by racism and sexism. Since then lawmakers have utilized their power and authority to not only criminalize but demonize cannabis and those who consume it. Over eight decades of Reefer Madness anti-cannabis propaganda has left some people brainwashed.
It’s Going to Take Time
Cannabis legalization is taking place faster than ever before as well as in more places these days. The individuals still supporting the prohibition of this plant generally do not know the truth about it. Anyone who takes the time to learn the facts about cannabis should be able to see the benefits this incredible plant stands to offer.
Nothing happens overnight. Just like it took decades to bring cannabis prohibition to its knees it will most likely take decades for the negative stigmas attached to it to disappear.