Cannabis Conversations: Meet Deborah: A Mom and Cannabis Advocate

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Deborah Moses is a cannabis advocate. She’s seen first-hand how people of color are profiled and unjustly stopped, searched and accused. It happened to her high school-aged son. They used the vague excuse that they might have smelled cannabis in his car, after stopping him for a broken license plate light. There was no cannabis because her son didn’t use cannabis.

As far as law enforcement goes, she’s not spending her time being angry. That is to say that instead, Deborah decided to fight for legal adult use of cannabis as a way of dealing with the racial and social inequities that plague cannabis prohibition laws. This is her cannabis advocate story. Please give it a listen or read the transcript below. Then ask yourself if there is anything more you can do to help legalize cannabis and right the wrongs.

Transcript of her story begins below the video player.

Cannabis Conversations-Meet Deborah. (Transcript)

DAN: I’m Dan Larkin and this is Cannabis Conversations from CannabisIRL.com. Cannabis in Real Life– Real People. RealStories. Real Life.

DEBORAH: Hi, I’m Deborah Moses. I live in Minneapolis Minnesota.

DAN: Deborah, we’re so glad to see you here at the MRMR party. The big kick-off to help them try to move the needle on legalization or cannabis. What brings you to the party?

The “biggest reason”

DEBORAH: Well, you know my biggest reason for wanting to legalize marijuana has to do with our disparities in Minnesota. I raised three African-American children in Maple Grove and I distinctly remember one night when my oldest son, who’s now an adult and lives in California-wouldn’t live here anymore, was driving home and got pulled over by the police for having his taillight, his license plate light out and he called me to come down.

He was at that point in his life, he was a straight-a student, never drank, got high, and I came. He asked me to come cuz he was scared of the police and when I got there and they had called for backup because they were gonna search his car for marijuana and so, of course, I’m a mom, you know, I looked at him and said, There better not be marijuana in your car. Well, he said Mom, I don’t smoke marijuana. And so, I knew he didn’t smoke. I knew but they said his car smelled like it was so that’s why they were gonna search him

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And the second officer came and I said you know this car doesn’t have any ashes. It doesn’t smell like marijuana. You can’t search this car and he said well it must have dissipated. And so they searched this car for the only reason, I mean, being that he was driving while black but they used marijuana as a reason to see if he was doing anything else.

Deborah Moses

And the second officer came and I said you know this car doesn’t have any ashes. It doesn’t smell like marijuana. You can’t search this car and he said well it must have dissipated. And so they searched this car for the only reason, I mean, being that he was driving while black but they used marijuana as a reason to see if he was doing anything else. And if he was a typical Maple Grove kid he probably would have been but, luckily there was nothing in his car and that’s when I really realized how crazy you know, marijuana being illegal, how the police were using it to weaponize people of color and that we needed to make a change.

Cannabis: Safer than alcohol

So that’s, you know, that’s the peak piece of it. Now I have children that live in California and Oregon and I see how, you know, how the dispensaries run. You know, it’s definitely safer than alcohol. It has medicinal purposes that we haven’t even been able to investigate because of our prohibition.

So, there’s so many reasons it should be legal.

DAN: See what happens when you make a mom angry and you mess with their kids, right?

DEBORAH : We’re gonna change the laws! Don’t do that.

DAN: Are you optimistic about Minnesota’s chances of eventually getting to full adult use?

DEBORAH : Yeah, I mean they have to. You know the safety issues people don’t even realize the more we have adult legal use, the less marijuana is on the street for our kids. It’s like there’s so many levels that people are looking at. It’ll make us safer and better.

DAN: Thank you for taking some time with us and keep doing the work that you’re doing. I think you’re one of the voices that people need to hear more of.

Cannabis Advocate-Deborah Moses

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