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Nick Givas

The marijuana movement is picking up steam, Krista Whitley, CEO of Nevada-based cannabis company “Altitude Products,” believes and predicts that 35 states will have legal marijuana by the year 2020.
“I would hope by 2020 we would have at least 35 thriving regulated cannabis states,” she told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I am inspired by states like Tennessee and the movements that are happening in traditionally red conservative states, that are seeking out common sense regulated cannabis programs.”
“Altitude Products” provides customers in the state of Nevada with marijuana based products from various brands for medical and recreational use. Nevada legalized recreational marijuana by ballot initiative in 2016.
“I had not used cannabis until I was 30,” Whitley told TheDCNF in an interview. “I was in a car accident and I was prescribed a bunch of opioids. I felt miserable. I’ve never felt more stoned than when I was on muscle relaxants and pain killers.” A friend recommended she try marijuana as an alternative and she hasn’t looked back since.
“I smoked a joint and had the best week of my life. I felt more human. So that was the catalyst for me to start doing some serious research and reexamine some of my own stereotypes,” she added.
Despite the progress being made on the state level, the movement to legalized cannabis is being held back by the current White House, Whitley said. She slammed President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as “ignorant” and said the next administration is more likely to make lasting changes.
“If our current president is as entrepreneurial and capitalist as he claims to be, I think it would be common sense for him to deschedule [marijuana]. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s going to happen,” she said. “We continue to fight at the state level, but sadly due to ignorant leadership like Jeff Sessions, I don’t foresee this happening at a federal level. It will take our next administration to get there.”
 Those who are against legalization aren’t looking at the issue in a personal way, Whitley said. She thinks if more people shared cannabis success stories, there would be more understanding and less backlash.
“When it’s not personal to you and you can’t identify with cannabis users, you end up buying into the stereotypes of the Cheech and Chong movies. What Hollywood has been selling us for generations now,” she said. “I am on the front lines of this and it comes down to personalizing each story. There’s no shortage of cannabis success stories, especially with the ongoing opioid epidemic.”
“Weed is not a gateway drug. It was a bridge to lead people out of their addiction,” she added.
Whitley has shared stories from her clientele with marijuana skeptics, and says most people end up changing their minds.
“I’ve been able to change a lot of minds. Even the most ardent anti-cannabis people have begun to soften when I’ve shared the personal stories with them of veterans, and children with epilepsy. You have a harder time taking a hard line with that stuff when you humanize it,” she said. “We need people to come out of the shadows and share testimonials of how cannabis has changed their lives.”
Whitley believes legalizing recreational marijuana would also benefit medicinal users by lowering the cost of medical cannabis.

“The vast majority of recreational users are truly in some sense medicinal,” she said. “You’ll see discounted taxation, discounted prices. There are significant discounts for medical patients here in the market in Nevada, and I know that’s also true in several other states that have such programs.”

Whitley predicted the pharmaceutical industry will begin transitioning away from narcotics, and embrace cannabis as more states begin to legalize it for recreational use.

“I think the reality is because we are gaining ground around legalization, I think what we’re going to see is a tremendous pivot. All of the sudden these pill pushers are goinng to start to invest in cannabis,” she concluded.

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  • Brian Kelly

    Good article.

    Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!

  • Brian Kelly

    Good article. Enjoyed reading it.

    Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!

    • Brian Kelly

      The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

      Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our yearly tax dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

      The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

      Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

      The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

      Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

      Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

      • Brian Kelly

        In the prohibitionist’s world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are “stoners” and “dopers” that need to be incarcerated in order to to protect society.

        In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about “saving us all” from the “evils” of marijuana use.

        Who are they to tell us we can’t choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

        People who consume marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who “follow the law” also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it’s current prohibition of course) .

        Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make them out to be. They are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

        Several Presidents of The United States themselves, along with Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use. As have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

        Although that doesn’t mean a dam thing to people who will make comments like “dopers” and “stoners” about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

        To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, advertises, and even glorifies alcohol consumption like it’s an All American pastime.

        There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long hard day than having a drink or two of alcohol.

        So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can’t enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

        We’ve worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don’t appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

        Has a marijuana consumer ever forced you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force anybody not to either.

        Don’t try to impose your morality and “clean living” upon everybody else with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won’t think you’re such prohibitionist hypocrites.

        Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

  • Mic

    weed has never been illegal…the laws that government weed are poltical economic laws. made by liars enfored by liars and passed under the RUG BY LIARS….guns are legal but a medicine that heals the most lost cases isnt..and guns kill weed doesnt..but a man or womans ego that is supposed to protect cannot…why…he or she is not ignorant…but fearful of being truthful thus the gun and the badge and the machine of law…but it works.somewhat is the basic excuse… when one is honest one realizes when men and women lie as a whole, when they are cowards and fear the machine that they obey…they are weak and condemn because they are not of integrity and are racist and are liars……..newpaper monguls and drunk red neck law enforement made million suffer over a weed…..sound like an extinct society::>?……no sht thanks to weak men and women who lie go home and laugh- at the poor and the ill…..may they rot

    • Mic

      ps ive smoked weed for over 50 years..never paid a dime never been busted…yes cops have tried…but funny when THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH STOPs A MAN IN HIS TRACKS..ONLY TO WANDER AWAY WONDERING WHY HE EXHISTS AT ALL….praise jah.