Before taking this step he told stories on how he helped a cancer patient go to a cannabis dispensary and to his surprise it was a pleasant experience. He mentioned how it helped his friend live a much better quality of life. Although he knew cannabis was helping people live better lives he was still fearful of being associated with cannabis due to the age old stigma based on faulty science still reigns in the hearts of most Americans. This led to him being a part of a group that led the prop 64 movement that brought in the medical marijuana laws and regulations.
Thanks to their efforts this pioneered the reforms and cannabis laws that we enjoy today. There is still a long road ahead but progress is being done daily. One important point that Assembly member Reggie Jones Sawyer made is that they are working closely with authorities to crack down on the illegal cannabis industry in order to help the legal cannabis industry thrive!
During this time Mr. Sawyer was joined on stage by Grammy and Oscar award winner Melissa Etheridge. Together they shared stories of their journey with cannabis and how it helped them and others take back their lives. During this discussion we discovered that Mr. Sawyer hasn’t touched cannabis since 1979 and today will not only be the first time him (a public official) will consume cannabis in public but his first time trying cannabis in 39 years!