U.S. Department of Justice Task Force to Review Marijuana Enforcement Laws
Now Robots Want to Take Marijuana Trimmers’ Jobs
Sitting down with a pair of shears in front of a fresh-cut pound of cannabis, pruning scraggly flowers into beautiful, saleable marijuana buds isn’t just a gig for “trimmigrants” to take up in between stops on the festie circuit—it’s a legitimate job.
It takes learned and skilled hands to remove fan leaves and other unwanted scraps from cannabis flower—vital labor for the marijuana industry, which is treating this once-seasonal gig as full-time work. Some year-round, legal marijuana farms pay trimmers $18 an hour or more, with benefits.
And as the demand for cannabis grows to tens of billions of dollars, demand for reliable and skilled cannabis-trimming is certain to grow. But this is 2017. And marijuana and Silicon Valley share many of the same values, including the regrettable ones.
So, naturally, robots are trying to steal this job away from humans.
High Justice: Vape Manufacturer Awarded $47M In Counterfeit Case
Last month, a federal judge in Illinois granted well-known personal vaporizer manufacturer Grenco Science $47 million in damages from 65 different online retailers found to be selling counterfeit versions of its products. The court offered this ruling, not only for its monetary purposes, but to stop sales of unauthorized products online.
The Los Angeles-based company has been the victim of such counterfeiting for years due to the extreme popularity of its products, recognizable trademarks and collaborations with major names such as Snoop Dogg, Burton Snowboards, HUF Worldwide and Taylor Gang.
The defendants in question have used these trademarks and collaborative designs to lead consumers to believe they are receiving genuine items instead of poorly made counterfeits. Such items generally use non-certified batteries and materials, which can be not only short-lasting but even potentially hazardous to the user due to minimal protection around the anode and cathode sections within.
Could Recreational Weed Help Compensate America’s Worst Paid Teachers?
States with legal recreational weed all report doing fabulous things with the revenue they generate from this new and lucrative industry—fund schools, hospitals, rehab centers, shelter the homeless. The list is long.
Now, South Dakota’s voters are contemplating the same savvy move: boost funding for schools and teachers and reduce the sales tax burden by supporting a ballot measure to legalize recreational weed.
Under the proposal, South Dakotans (over 21) could legally possess and use one ounce of cannabis or grow five plants; non-residents would be limited to a quarter ounce. It’s a start.
As part of the measure, if enough petitions are signed in time for the 2018 ballot, sales and excise taxes could flow to the Department of Education for teacher’s salaries and school supplies; the Department of Health for drug prevention and abuse education; and to law enforcement agencies to help police illegal drug use and sale.
Legislative strategies may prevent federal crackdown on marijuana
We're about two months into the era of Republican-controlled federal government, and the sky hasn't yet fallen on legal marijuana. The new attorney general, former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer have both rumbled about a coming crackdown, but the industry is steadfast nonetheless, forging ahead into new markets, adding more businesses and investors.
That's not to say that everything is hunky-dory, though — lawmakers are scrambling at both the state and federal levels to insulate the industry from potential legal troubles.
In Congress, two legislators from Colorado's delegation have introduced measures to resolve certain points of tension in marijuana policy as part of a "Path to Marijuana Reform" legislative package brought by the new, bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus.
This Is Marijuana Legalization’s New Enemy Number One
For many years, the biggest threat to marijuana legalization and fledgling legal cannabis businesses was the police.
Fears of DEA agents breaking down the front door at dawn, prosecutions in federal court with its accompanying mandatory minimums or warrantless visits from helicopter-riding police who merely cut down plant and leave—such things happen and are legal—was what kept people involved in cannabis up at night.
But now, with legalization sweeping the country and a vast majority of Americans in support of medical marijuana, the real enemy is revealing itself.
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