Cannabis News of the Day

Information released by the State of Oregon suggests 2,478 people are employed directly by the state’s legal cannabis industry. But these numbers are far from complete, and that’s a problem.

Pot shops in Oregon may have great variety, but they’re also driving down the prices of black-market cannabis. Is the 25% state tax to blame? Next door, in Washington, the amount of seized cannabis has dropped by 80% in the last four years…but, say officials, legal pot is not necessarily responsible. Some Washingtonians disagree, saying that legal cannabis is eradicating crime, but that it could do so faster if Washington’s laws were uniform.

More transparency for the state-licensed cannabis industry in Colorado seems like a good thing. But, with uncertainty over legal protection, many dispensary operators see it as a roadmap for criminals to target their businesses.

“If you’re not first, you’re last?”: Vermont pundits say some true things about legalization while making some questionable claims about prohibition. Again, the objections are all about the kids.

Nipping it in the bud: Michigan’s senate plans to overhaul the rules on voter initiated petitions…conveniently timed to quash a popular measure to legalize cannabis.

In fact, cannabis seems to be popular all over the country, with support for legality reaching an all-time high of 61%. Still, the White House’s drug czar, Michael Botticelli, says that, despite a shift in focus toward harm reduction, America’s youth are still threatened by legalized pot.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is open to a little experimentation.

In a new essay for the Brookings Institution, John Hudak spells out the successes and pitfalls of the idea that made legal cannabis palatable: medical marijuana.

And, fresh from a series of government-sponsored debates, Mark Kleiman explains what is happening in Mexico.

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