Cannabis reform, long regarded as a West Coast phenomenon, has steadily spread to the East, Midwest, and in 2019, throughout key southeastern U.S. states where lawmakers are embracing lighter restrictions.
Professional anti-cannabis advocates have been attempting to derail the legalization of adult-use marijuana in Connecticut and other states by mischaracterizing its impact in other parts of the country, including my home state of Colorado.
Michigan’s legal marijuana market is poised to become one of the strongest the country and could outpace Colorado in sales, according to a new study. By early next year, the state’s first recreational marijuana dispensaries are expected to open. With strong sales in the medical cannabis market, Michigan’s recreational market is expected to grow three-fold between 2020 and 2023, with annual sales reaching $650 million, according to “Crossing the Mississippi: U.S. Cannabis Market Report 2019” by Brightfield Group, which examines the budding marijuana industry.
The latest effort to allow military veterans legal access to cannabis arrives in the form of three bills introduced in Congress in May 2019.
Some Republican senators say there is a chance that Senator Mike Crapo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, will schedule legislation aimed at increasing marijuana businesses’ access to financial services for a hearing in his panel if it passes the House of Representatives.
For years, opponents of marijuana legalization have voiced the same arguments whenever the subject of dispensaries comes up: having legal cannabis vendors, they say, promotes the spread of crime, brings property values down in the neighborhood and encourages teenage marijuana use.
“Even in the Canadian Football League, where they don’t test for marijuana, prescription drugs are a dime a dozen in the locker rooms,” he said. “They hand them out like candy corn and that's an unfortunate thing.”