On March 1st, or Super Tuesday–the day in which eleven states hold their primaries and caucuses–one Bernie Sanders supporter had what might be more appropriately called a Super Doobs-day. While canvassing for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders around his neighborhood, Colorado resident Greg Duran was gifted an ounce of marijuana by a friendly neighbor.
“It’s very smokable,” said an elated Duran.
He recounts walking up to the house and catching a whiff of patchouli oil, a smell he immediately associates with marijuana consumption. An older woman answered the door and Duran began discussing the benefits of voting for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
“She was leaning towards Hillary Clinton,” details Duran. “But I was able to have a door conversation about why Bernie is a better choice.” Sanders has promised to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of most dangerous drugs, while Clinton would decriminalize it from a Schedule I drug (the most dangerous) to a Schedule II.
The woman went on to inform Duran that she actively uses pot-infused creams as well as grows her own supply of the plant. She and Duran engaged in a lengthy discussion about legalities, which ended with Duran telling her “anybody can give anybody an ounce any time as a gift.”
Not one to pass up an opportunity, the woman did just that. According to Duran, her reason for doing so was that he was “out there and having a real conversation with people.”
The fact that Colorado allows people to have these kinds of interactions and conversations is to Duran, “the beauty of what we did here.” Duran is in part responsible for allowing such beauty to be possible, canvassing in 2012 for the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
Duran, part of the Cannabis Patients Alliance, works with his group to protect and advance the rights of patients who choose to use medical marijuana as a treatment for whatever condition they might have. Their mission aims to provide access to safe, legal, and affordable medical marijuana to whoever might need it. For this reason, many members of the Alliance have taken to Bernie Sanders’ message.
“When talking about Bernie, he connects with just about anybody,” says Duran. Luckily for him, that connection to Sanders message has landed the canvasser on the business end of an ounce bag.
“Damn, I love Colorado,” posted an excited Duran later that night as he told the story to Facebook. As evidenced by Greg Duran, sometimes it really does pay to be politically active.