Compared to other states, West Virginia is close to last in average income with only a couple other states in a worse position.
Of course there are a multiple of reasons for the unfortunate fact, but political policies stifling individual entrepreneurship and innovative thinking is one of the primary causes. We now have an opportunity to change that.
Cannabis has been legalized in two western states. It is available for medical uses in approximately a dozen states and in Washington, D.C. — home of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Our leaders are elected to make decisions based on facts; scientific and/or just plain obvious.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has a multitude of uses for medical, industrial and recreational purposes. It is far safer than alcohol, nicotine and certainly many pharmaceutical substances, whether over the counter or prescription.
In states where cannabis has been widely available for medical purposes, it has been an economic shot in the arm where it matters the most — for small locally owned and operated businesses. Why is it that our elected officials of both parties are blind to this reality?
The Holder memo stated the federal government will ignore cannabis as long as production and marketing are in compliance with state laws.
It is time for our elected officials to act and to allow those citizens who are capable and willing to step up and take advantage of what is a golden opportunity.
We can act now and be leaders or we can wait, piddle around, do nothing and whine about our continuing dismal economic condition. Think economics, think opportunity and take action.
Henry C. Chaney