Marijuana Under Trump: It Won’t Get Better
The near-continuous rank speculation that’s been a way of life in America since the early-morning hours of Nov. 9 ends today. At noon, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. He’ll now have access to the @POTUS Twitter handle and the nuclear codes—perhaps using one to announce, in real time, what he plans to do with the other—and then sometime, maybe this afternoon, maybe over the weekend, in between presiding over inaugural balls or empowering alt-right internet trolls, President Trump will get around to figuring out exactly what he’s going to do about all those grandiose (and, in some cases, unconstitutional) campaign promises.
So where, exactly, do drug policy reform and the country’s marijuana industry fit into making America great again?
Already dealing with a president in open conflict with his own country’s intelligence community, who has a defense policy that’s driven deep fear into many of America’s oldest allies, it may be hard for much of the country to care about drug policy. But there is much at stake.
Americans and Canadians Spent $53.3 Billion on Weed Last Year
U.S. and Canadian weed consumers plopped down $53.3 billion for legal and illegal marijuana in 2016, according to a new report from Arcview Market Research. However, the vast majority of those transactions took place on the black market.
Still, this is more money than Americans spent at McDonald’s and Starbucks combined, according to QSR Magazine.
Arcview’s 22-page executive summary for the “State of Legal Marijuana Markets” estimated that the black market still accounts for 87 percent of marijuana sales, down 90 percent in 2015.
The North American legal weed market posted $6.9 billion in revenue in 2016 alone, a 30 percent increase from the year before—meaning that it’s growing as fast as broadband internet grew in the 2000s, according to the Pew Research Center.
But, still, it sounds like quite a bit of revenue is going into the illegal market.
Florida Man Kills Intruder, Charged With Marijuana Crime
A Florida man, who was forced to kill an intruder who invaded his home over the weekend, could now be facing a stiff prison term for a couple of marijuana-related offenses.
Reports indicate that 37-year-old Michael Mora of Hialeah (Miami-Dade County) was hanging around the house on Saturday afternoon when four men came blasting in with blitzkrieg enthusiasm and attempted to rob him.
However, before this group of thugs could gain control of the house, Mora whipped out a pistol and retaliated with rounds of lead, killing one of the assailants. The other three scoundrels managed to escape, making their getaway in a green car, according to CBS Miami.
Canna-lady Care: Woman donates kidney to Marijuana Dispensary Co-worker
Cannabis Software Companies Seek to Legitimize the Marijuana Industry and Cash In
Feds Blast Chicago Cops, Reach Deal Over Baltimore Abuses
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the federal probe, covering the period from 2012 to 2016, found that the Chicago police force “engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force that violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure.
Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, told the press that police shot at people who posed no “immediate threat to officers,” and used Tasers to shock people “for not following verbal commands.” Officers are “too rarely held accountable for misconduct and discipline is unpredictable and ineffective,” she added. Gupta also charges that communities of color are particularly “burdened” by police misconduct..
- 192,255 Views Category: Odd
- 151,326 Views Category: Fun
- 140,898 Views Category: Culture
- 102,587 Views Category: Culture
- 101,169 Views Category: Culture
- 100,447 Views Category: Fun
- 81,037 Views Category: Culture
- 79,221 Views Category: Odd
- 71,109 Views Category: Fun
- 64,559 Views Category: Fun