It’s two years until the 20’s. The 1920’s were an iconic era. First, we had the first cars; the Model-T and the birth of Ford Motor Company. Then, swing music dominated the radios. Next, womens suffrage came to pass. Flappers challenged conventional norms of womanhood with their dress, make up, dancing and “bad girl behavior.”
The 18th amendment was added in January 21, 1920 outlawing the production, distribution, and sale of alcohol. This amendment also stopped drug stores from selling things like Codeine cough syrup over the counter. Even though it was now for the first time illegal to drink and use drugs, the 20’s were nothing short of a party era. There was a massive disobedience by the people and for the first time we romanticized American gangsters. Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, and John Dillinger gave us the need for terms like racketeering and organized crime.
I believe that we will see the same civil disobedience as we approach the 20’s for a second time in our history. I believe we will see what I am calling the “Smoke Easies.” These will be members-only lounge clubs catering to cannabis users. A buy and use on site principle, with a referral needed to get in. It will probably be reminiscent of smoky Jazz Clubs with Burlesque dancers. This model may even take off in States that have already legalized recreational use.
State’s rights have always paved the way to changing national laws. I believe there will be a Supreme Court case that will completely decriminalize Cannabis production, consumption, and distribution. As it stands right now, even in states where medical marijuana is legal and people need a doctor to obtain a prescription, every transaction is considered a felony at the federal level. A Colorado specific credit union tried to bridge that gap but they are currently tied up in litigation. For now, while cannabis may be illegal at the federal level, drug enforcement agencies have been instructed to refrain from prosecuting legal distributors.