Are you a “HAVE” or a “HAVE NOT”?

That is, can you walk into a dispensary and get your cannabis with ease? Or are you in a “have not” state where you have to pull shenanigans in order to get your hands on your medicine?

Living in Florida, I’m somewhere in-between. In fact, the State Supreme Court just threw residents’ hopes under the bus by nixing a ballot initiative that would have legalized cannabis beyond its restrictive current medical cannabis law – and include the ability to grow your own!

Instead, residents who don’t have an expensive, jump-through-hoops-med-card, have to resort to traveling to a legal state, get their cannabis from a “supplier” in the underground – or maybe grow their own on the QT. I’m talking about good and honest people who have no other options.

Yes, it is getting better in some places, but it’s still a tortured situation across an uneven U.S. where millions of people still have to forage for their medicine, which I have more to say about in this week’s vlog.

Yes, “tortured situation” is how I describe it. And through my online sessions and courses, I have a front-row seat as people from all over the country – actually the world – join me for my emotional liberation work which is “cannabis assisted” – although amplifying with cannabis is always optional. But the general consensus in this work is that the plant medicine helps immensely in moving through emotional releasing.

So I have a lot of people who join me who are still in what I call “Have Not” states with nearly no cannabis legalization. Or those states with ridiculously narrow medical cannabis laws where it’s expensive to get a med card and you gotta jump through a lot of hoops, like here in Florida. I jumped through the hoops and I paid the money – so I have the legal ability to possess cannabis. And I need that because my emotions therapy work embraces cannabis… and my own wellbeing for that matter.

Anyway, when I lived in Denver, I could walk out the door and countless dispensaries were at my disposal. And now, in Florida – a state that has a narrow medical cannabis law, I must admit it is culture shock. Obviously, in more than half the country, if you want cannabis, that is THC, you still have to seek out a dealer on the black market.

It’s a whole thing, it’s such a throw-back… but it’s not a throw-back, it’s reality for a lot of people. Connecting with someone who can connect you with someone who can get you some product. Sure, there are a lot of good folks out there who sell cannabis in the underground. I guess we still call them dealers – and what an antiquated word. I prefer the word “supplier,” and you want to like your supplier.

But often, if you’re in this tortured situation, you don’t really know what you’re getting into. I mean, honestly, as a woman of a certain age, I’ve secured my share of cannabis over the years, the decades, from people who are a little shady – but then of course, they need to be a little shady, as they’re skirting the law? They’re navigating in illegal shadows. And, in the end, that’s because we want what they’re offering because you can’t get it legally.

The whole thing feels so twisted in this day-and-age, and it’s because state and federal lawmakers are acting against the best interests of their constituents. 68% of this country now – 7 out of every 10 Americans, wants cannabis FULLY legal. That’s a Gallup 2020 poll.

And given that a lot of those people are likely in “Have Not” states, that puts them in the position of securing product from the black market or illegally crossing state lines, right?

And it’s a thing. I mean, I’m a fine upstanding citizen. I’m a clinician, I’m a registered dietitian and nutritionist, I’m an emotions therapist specializing in human potential and transformation. Yet, in my online master courses, my private mentoring, my sessions, I have to address this situation… I have to thoughtfully answer questions about procuring cannabis plant medicine, although most who come to me already have a ready resource for their cannabis needs.  And that’s why I’m a stickler on keeping everything private and confidential.

Anyway, we’re moving in the right direction. So, for my friends in the “Have Not” states, hold that close to your heart. At some point, the black-market scene for cannabis in the United States, will just be a distant memory that you’ll be able to tell your grandkids about.

Where do you come down on this current situation? Are you reveling in a legal state or getting by in a less than legal one? Drop down to the comments section and let me know. I’m Becca Williams, and I want you to lead your most magnificent life, and I want to help you do that.