After decades of a costly “war on drugs,” candidate Barack Obama made clear in 2008 that voters would see a very different approach in his administration. To his credit, President Obama has largely followed through on those campaign promises. The administration has already taken a progressive approach to marijuana, for example, clearing the way for unprecedented state experimentation. This week, the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim reported on another breakthrough.
The year has seen another mountain of marijuana research, and there's a lot of good news.
More than 200 children under the age of 10 now have medical marijuana cards in Colorado, according to information received in a CBS4 records request. One woman in Colorado Springs now goes so far to say marijuana has cured her 4-year-old son’s cancer.
The most successful way to stop employee theft is to simply hire people who are really trustworthy. “The most successful dispensaries around here hire full-time employees and offer them a small part of profit-sharing,” Owens said. “If you’re continually hiring part-time people, and you have turnover, and you’re going through new staff every three to six months – which I see out here a lot – they’re trying to put Band-Aids on the problem. You need to bring them in and make them part of the solution, and reward them for good work.”
Legalization of medical marijuana is not linked with increased traffic fatalities, a new study finds. In some states, in fact, the number of people killed in traffic accidents dropped after medical marijuana laws were enacted.
Connecticut’s medical marijuana system is finally up and running. The first state-licensed grower sent its first shipment to dispensaries this week. That means qualified patients are getting their first ever legal pot.
Michigan actually legalized medical cannabis four years ago, but things looked grim at first. The state ruled that dispensaries were technically illegal in spite of the allowance to medicate, and with that ruling in place, it was virtually impossible to get anywhere with the industry. Many of the dispensaries that were looking to get started closed down, and a lot of fledgling business owners were losing hope... ...There are currently 175,000 registered patients and 33,000 registered caregivers in the state, which is thousands more than ever before. This can be chalked up to the opening of more dispensaries and access to medicine, as well as the fact that PTSD has been added to the list of acceptable ailments, opening the treatment up for veterans.
The canna-business park will be 1 million sq ft and include energy-efficient greenhouses for cultivation, plant processing spaces, facilitiesfor creating infused products, a testing laboratory, research and training centers, and corporate offices.
A finance site has calculated that if all 50 states were to legalize recreational marijuana today, the state governments would be raking in a total of $3.1 billion in taxes a year.
A reflection on Nelson's involvement in light of his recent marijuana company... ...His career began at the young age of seven, when he got his first guitar in the small Texas town where he grew up, and started making music for his friends and family to enjoy. It didn’t take long before he also started to be something of a troublemaker, and this manifested in his early days as a smoker of just about anything he could get his hands on.
It's time to look ahead and see what's in store for the cannabis industry in 2017.
Retail sales have lagged medical sales since pot shops opened on Jan. 1, fueling concern that projected tax revenues would fall short
“Marijuana has many useful uses,” he says. “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’” - Morgan Freeman
Over $1 billion has been raised in the cannabis industry in 2016, according to Viridian Capital Advisors.
A groundbreaking clinical trial may provide some answers to medical marijuana as a seizure treatment
Governor Chris Christie recently stated on radio that he would not let America legalize marijuana if he is elected president in 2016. Christie stated he would “crack down” on the pro-marijuana states.
In 2017, expect the momentum to grow with further mainstreaming of cannabis and the cementing of the industry.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is back with more revelations about medical marijuana with his latest documentary, “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution.”
Cigarettes are out. Joints are in.
By: Lucy Berry, Alabama Media Group