Delivering a big blow to backers of pot legalization, the Obama administration planned to announce Thursday, Aug. 11, that it would keep marijuana classified as one of the nation’s most dangerous drugs, similar to heroin and LSD.
Marijuana sales in Washington state took a sharp jump in July, the first month after the state closed medical dispensaries, and reached a new high in total sales since marijuana sales were legalized – more than $1 billion.
Democrats meeting in Philadelphia for their national convention make history by voting to approve a platform that endorses a “pathway” for the legalization of marijuana. As a first step, the platform calls for removing marijuana from the federal government’s list of Schedule 1 drugs, those considered the most dangerous.
Marijuana advocates are counting on Californians to vote to legalize recreational weed this fall, bringing pressure on Congress to end anti-pot policies that include federal obstruction of banks doing business with the industry. California is nearly six times larger than any other state that has legalized pot for recreational use, and its potential cannabis market has been estimated at nearly $7 billion.
Are marijuana buds best-sellers in Washington state, or do consumers prefer pot edibles such as brownies and cookies? Cannabis industry analyst Headset analyzed legal pot sales to arrive at the answer.
Across the country, pot legalization advocates worry that a victory by Donald Trump on Nov. 8 might mean trouble for legalized recreational pot in Washington state and Colorado, and other states such as California and Nevada that want to follow their lead.
Three months after the City Council narrowly voted to allow a second marijuana store in Ferndale, they took up the issue again at the request of three business owners, including former NFL quarterback Jake Locker.
Two years ago, Washington state began an unprecedented policy experiment by allowing large-scale production and sale of recreational marijuana to the public. The effects on public health and safety and on the relationship of law enforcement to minority communities will take years to manifest fully, but one impact has become abundantly clear: Legalized marijuana is getting very cheap very quickly.
The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it will introduce legislation next year to decriminalize and legalize the sale of marijuana, making Canada the first G7 country to permit widespread use of the substance.