It was not long ago that supporting marijuana policy reform was considered to be political suicide. Now that marijuana reform has gone mainstream, the opposite is often true. If an elected official publicly opposes marijuana law reform, they are now likely to face backlash from the public. This is true even in conservative states like Missouri, where Columbia City Council member, Ginny Chadwick, was facing a recall vote after she voted against reducing penalties for marijuana cultivation in her city.
Voting against reducing penalties for cannabis cultivation reportedly upset Chadwick’s constituents because she campaigned on reforming marijuana policies, and told many of them that she would support this particular measure. When she ‘flip-flopped’ her vote during the meeting, the pro-marijuana crowd, lead by activist Eapen Thampy, started collecting signatures for a recall vote. In the face of the impending recall, Chadwick resigned.
“We got it done, and it will send a signal to decision-makers in the city and around the state that you can disagree with us, but if you lie to us, we do have the political resources to take action,” Thampy said.
h/t: The Weedblog
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