Five years into REC legalization Colorado has collected $160M in pot taxes for schools. It's about enough to build three high schools, but Coloradans haven't been blown away by the spending.
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On The Argument podcast, N.Y. Times opinion columnists debated legalization. Social conservative Ross Douthat is wary of the cannabis industry, though leans towards decriminalization.
This is one reason previous societies made distinctions between liberty and license that we have become loath to draw -- because what seems like a harmless pleasure to the comfortable can devastatethe poor and weak.
Or else, with pot and slots no less than bread and circuses, it can simply distract their minds, dull their senses and make them easier to rule.
65. A Very Canadian Pot Scandal with Jesse Staniforth
Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
It hasn't been a green christmas for businesses in the world's largest REC market. Businesses following the rules struggle with high taxes, complex regulations and cities which want no part of them. Meanwhile the illegal market, which faces none of these problems, continues to thrive.
"I'm not worried. One of my selling, or differentiating, points is that there's no tax on my product, and you can basically get it delivered to your door, by our drivers, no matter what time it is"
An unnamed New York City weed dealer talks to The New Yorker about REC legalization.
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An anonymous survey of more than 2,100 veterinarians published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science showed interest in CBD. But many vets felt they have not received adequate guidance on using it as a treatment.
Despite public opinion overwhelmingly in favor of MED access and research, scientists are still struggling to get it into their labs.
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The southeast is probably still the US region most averse to cannabis reform, but there are signs of a thaw.
NFL players have fairly liberal attitudes towards cannabis according to an anonymous survey of New York Jets and New York Giants players.