California made history 20 years ago when it became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, but since then, not much has changed. Regardless, California marijuana sales still reached $2.7 billion in 2015. Compare that to the $996 million in legal weed sales pioneer state Colorado reached in 2015 and the $5.7 billion total the entire U.S. brought in, and you can see what a huge part California plays in the legal cannabis industry.
George Zimmer, the founder of Men’s Wearhouse who guarantees “you’re gonna like the way you look,” announced that he’s been recreationally smoking pot for the past half century — oh, and did he mention he’s a highly successful multi-millionaire?
“I’ve been smoking marijuana on a regular basis for about 50 years,” a smiling Zimmer told CNBC. “As you can see, it’s really impacted me in a negative way.”
It took nearly 20 years, but California lawmakers have finally passed legislation to regulate the most booming medical marijuana industry in the nation. What exactly this means to patients, growers, and other members of the industry remains to be seen, but speculation is already rampant.
Here are the facts:
Los Angeles police found the days-old body of a man stuffed into an unplugged refrigerator in a Southern California backyard Sunday morning, along with an illegal marijuana grow housing over 100 plants.
LAPD spokesperson Lt. Doug Humphrey said they received a call at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning about a body on Runnymede Street in Sun Valley, CA. Officers arrived at the scene and forced their way into the house and backyard, where they found the body of a 30-year-old man stuffed inside the out-of-use appliance.