We hear it all the time: legal marijuana needs to be “tightly regulated.” There needs to be certain “rules” and “restrictions” and “licenses.” As more states legalize cannabis, more hoops are created for people to jump through to get into the industry.
Of course, in relative terms, jumping through hoops is better than going to jail or having a criminal record. And in terms of economic activity and jobs, a heavily-regulated legal cannabis industry is better than no industry at all. But the legal marijuana industry has the potential to be so much more.
I want to start out by saying that we have NOT won the war! This is absolutely NOT over and it’s not even close to over. People are still being arrested in this country for small amounts of possession and we are still throwing people away for life for drug offenses. You can rape a child and spend a handful of years in jail but you can possess a pound of marijuana and do life! Clearly there is plenty of work to be done. With that said, here are the Top 5 Signs the Drug War on Marijuana Is Ending:
A recent study by Headset Inc., a cannabis intelligence firm, concluded that the average marijuana consumer (at least in states where it’s recreationally legal) spends roughly $647 annually on weed.
The survey involved about 40,000 legal marijuana purchases made in Washington State from September 2014 to July 2016. On top of that, Headset Inc., which is based out of Seattle, found that the average recreational marijuana consumer is a 37 year old man who buys flower. Also, he averages 19.5 days between his purchases.
This guy who rolls joints for a living is proof that you really can have a career doing what you love.
26-year-old Tony Greenhand (don’t ask me if that’s his real last name) lives in Albany, Oregon, and has turned joint rolling into an indisputable art. From a blaze-able Pikachu that could’ve jumped right out of your phone to an imitation AK-47 crafted out of joint papers, blunts, and a half pound of weed, this guy is the Picasso of spliffs.