Take a trip back to 2012, when the state of Colorado became the first US state to legalize Marijuana, such a monumental moment in the cannabis communities history. Fast forward back to present day, now 19 states have fully legalized recreational marijuana, with a few others working towards that goal. Legal Cannabis was once projected to be an enormous money-making business, how has true is that so far? Through the combination of recreational and medical marijuana, around 40% of Americans can legally obtain weed, but the illegal market remains profitable, why is that? The article,'The Economics of Legal Weed Don't Work' written by Belinda Luscombe discusses this exact conundrum. Included in this article is an interview with Daniel Sumner and Robin Goldstein, authors of the book, Can Legal Weed Win?: The Blunt Realities of Cannabis Economics. The interviewer and both authors bring up some intriguing and thought-provoking points, give the article a read!
As of June 9th, Marijuana has been decriminalized in Thailand, making it the first Asian country to do so. Though this isn't full legalization yet, this is a promising step forward. So what does decriminalization mean exactly? Thai citizens can now use Marijuana for medicinal purposes, but recreational use remains punishable. The drug is no longer listed alongside other narcotics deemed dangerous. There are a few other key points to know, and the article,'Thailand's 'marijuana wonderland': 5 things to know' written by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat goes over the specifics very clearly.
In recent news, a bill in D.C. that stops employers from firing employees for failing marijuana drug-tests has passed. This means marijuana using employees are more protected. There are exceptions though, for instance, an employee an still be fired for consuming marijuana at work. The article 'D.C. lawmakers pass a bill that would ban firing employees for failed marijuana tests' written by Ayana Archie goes into more detail about this new bill. Give it a read if you're a citizen of D.C., or if you're just interested in the development of marijuana's decriminalization.
As of Tuesday, May 25th 2022, Rhode Island becomes yet another state to legalize Marijuana for adult use! This marks an exciting start to June for all 21 and up Rhode Islanders. The article, 'Rhode Island just legalized marijuana. Here’s what happens next' written by Alexa Peters goes into more details about this new law, and answers any questions residents of Rhode Island may have. If you're a new farm or dispensary in the great state of Rhode Island looking to make a great first impression, consider getting custom branded packaging made by us! We strive to offer our customers the highest quality packaging at the lowest prices we can. Our in-house designers are ready to bring your brand to life. Contact us to start your order today!
Georgia is the land of peaches, but could another super recognizable plant become synonymous with the state as well? The citizens of Georgia recently had the opportunity to answer some questions in regards to marijuana and its potential legalization and subsequent value to the state. Though these answer don't have an effect on the current laws yet, they send a very clear message to Georgia's lawmakers. The article 'Georgia Voters Approve Marijuana Legalization Ballot Question' by Kyle Jaeger talks about the numbers and specifics of this poll. Though these questions are just the very first steps, it shows hope the the future of the states legalization status.
Even though recreational marijuana is still illegal in Texas, the city of Austin has recently made moves to decriminalize marijuana. The liberal group 'Ground Game Texas' received a huge win when the citizens of Austin showed a large amount of support for the proposed measure. While this isn't news of legalization, the act to decriminalize marijuana is a marked step forward for the cannabis community of Austin. Read the article, 'Austin to Decriminalize Marijuana, Ban ‘No-Knock’ Warrants' written by Shelly Hagan to learn more about the specifics of this measure.
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Spring has sprung, and it seems that there might be more to the newly emerging greenery than just grass and leaves. Last Friday the House passed a bill to federally legalize Marijuana. Such an event raises many questions, like should we be expecting cannabis to join the the list of 'May Flowers' brought upon by April showers? With a 220 to 204 vote, the bill New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler sponsors passed. The bill tackles many issues caused by the criminalization of Marijuana. This includes stopping federal workers from being penalized for cannabis use. The bill will also work to undo the unjust imprisonment of many citizens locked up for non-violent marijuana charges. This vote is an optimistic move forward. The article, 'House passes bill to federally decriminalize marijuana' written by Kristin Wilson goes into more detail about the vote. Though there is still a long road ahead, we can remain hopeful that changes are on the way.
New Jersey, a state known for its shores and exceptionally tanned residents is on the verge of being recognized for an entirely different reason. While medical marijuana sales are already legal and operating, the state moves closer to recreational adult-use. As prioritized licenses are being approved, New Jersey prepares for recreational marijuana sales. The article 'N.J. legal weed sales on verge of finally getting OK to begin' written by Suzette Parmley goes into further detail about preparations to still be made, choices made by law makers and projected outcomes of legal sales.