I didn’t plead with these businesses to make as much money as possible and then use that money to get the hell out before it’s too late. That’s not the united front the American cannabis industry is after. These are hopeful, optimistic business owners who have watched cannabis laws slowly change in their favor, and they’re doing all that they can to work with lawmakers and educate citizens to continue that trend. This American industry is looking not just to make history but to make America a better place for generations to come. Their tax money is making a significant difference in their local communities — how many of us see our taxes directly contribute to anything worthwhile (and by worthwhile I mean schools, roads, libraries — not foreign wars). The cannabis industry is about innovation as much as it is about fighting against oppression. That’s the American way. And it’s all of our jobs as American citizens to remind the federal government what that means: When we the people vote to legalize something, we legalize it. The president doesn’t have the power to overturn our votes. Our faltering economy needs the American cannabis industry to continue to grow and succeed. It’s really that simple.