Information released by the State of Oregon suggests 2,478 people are employed directly by the stateâ€™s legal cannabis industry. But these numbers are far from complete, and thatâ€™s a problem.
Pot shops in Oregon may have great variety, but theyâ€™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 yearsâ€¦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 Washingtonâ€™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.
â€œIf youâ€™re not first, youâ€™re last?â€: 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: Michiganâ€™s senate plans to overhaul the rules on voter initiated petitionsâ€¦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 Houseâ€™s drug czar, Michael Botticelli, says that, despite a shift in focus toward harm reduction, Americaâ€™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.