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:
As most of you probably already know, the DNC is taking place right now in Philadelphia. Bernie supporters, who were sad (to say the least) that Mr. Sanders isn’t going to be up for election this year, marched down the street with a giant 51-foot inflatable joint in support of marijuana legalization. The best part? It was called a Jaywalk.
Guys, we love that you’re supporting marijuana legalization, and if we were there, we would be out there with you, but you’ve got to let your Bernie hurt go.
In November California voters will go to the polls and one of the issues they’ll decide on is recreational marijuana legalization. The measure, now officially dubbed Proposition 64, would legalize cannabis possession for all adults up to an ounce and would also allow for adults to grow 6 plants at home.