Pot Politics How They Effect Us
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Today I’ve got Ben Austin on to discuss the various areas of the pot politics here in our country. We have had multiple discussions over the course of a year regarding many issues with the current laws that effect us all.
The Pot Politics
The game of cannabis is rigged, for years we have seen the inequalities from consumption, criminalization down to the very business it is today. Those who have had first hand knowledge of these experiences know full well how difficult it is to get passed the red tape.
Now that cannabis is becoming a legitimized business with permits and legal frame work we see the money grab by the pot politics that governs it. As Ben described, the age of cannabis is all about the extraction of money from a product that is controlled by politics.
Ever wonder why it’s taking so long to legalize cannabis use, it’s taking time because every body within Congress wants to get their hands in it in some manner, every one within Congress wants a clause, or page added on their behalf to the Bill. This is much like any other Bill that is proposed, most Bills don’t pass for similar reasons.
Pot Politics And Technology
We discussed in great detail the struggles of today’s social platforms that control our content in various ways. Ben has had issues posting content to Facebook in the form of paid ads, while citing the fact he sees many big cannabis brands getting exposure without issues. There guidelines to follow with paid ads on FB but similar guidelines exist for regular posts as well. For example recently over the course of the last year my page has been tagged for posting too much kratom content, all of which were flagged and removed by Facebook and a warning page was issued to me.
The issue is big brands are allowed to pay for the ad space but small businesses get assed out, why this is the case I don’t know. I can only speak on what has happened to me on my own page, far as why Ben’s CBD shop isn’t able to get paid ads published while cannabis brands get away with it no one will ever know.
Technology plays a big role in how we bring content out to the world, it allows us to express ourselves and ideas. The growing concerns over privacy are silly as we should all know big platforms don’t care it’s their business model after all. The idea Ben shared about open sourced technology isn’t new and has been circulating for some time. Bottom line is the money is too much to allow access to everyone, especially when you the product itself.
Democratizing the internet and related technologies should remain a top priority for humanity. If we can’t get a grasp of this soon we may forever be the play things of the technologies we use all the while as the app masters use us.
We need more of the public to get involved in the pot politics in all these areas, during the Trump administration we had record numbers of people speaking up and speaking out for all sorts of causes, can we get some . After the dust has settled we now have little engagement in these areas, nobody seems to care whether cannabis is taxed too high, whether kratom is banned or that the black market is thriving due to poorly written legislation around the country. All these I describe are small problems when looking at the big picture, but solving small problems can snow ball into solving big ones.
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