Legalizing Marijuana Nationwide Would Create One Million Jobs, Study Says

There are, what, more than 30 states that have either decriminalized it in some way, either legalizing medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation or out-and-out agreeing to make it legal for recreational use?

Burnett noted that California went even further, subdividing each of those types of licenses to create different categories for small, medium and large companies.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum rescinding existing Justice Department guidance on marijuana enforcement.

Overall, 29 states have legalized medicinal marijuana; eight states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use; and 18 states allow for the use of cannabinoid oil, also known as CBD, which is non-psychoactive. And youth marijuana use is up 12 percent, 55 percent higher than the national average.

A NY based nonprofit, CCA helps marginalized and underrepresented communities engage in the legal cannabis industry, emphasizing criminal justice reform, access to medical cannabis, and adult use legalization.

So, what did Attorney General Jeff Sessions see as the road ahead when he made his announcement to reinstate the prohibition on pot?

"But the people who are willing to test the waters are the ones who will show us the benefits of legalization", he added. Medical marijuana has been protected by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment since 2014, which blocks the U.S. Department of Justice from spending funds on prosecuting states' implementation of medical marijuana laws. Washington was among the first to allow medicinal marijuana; in 2012 voters agreed to authorize a state-regulated market for sales of recreational marijuana, too.

As the Drug Policy Alliance has shown, the criminalization regime and enforcement of keeping marijuana and others drugs illegal costs the US government more than $50 billion annually-that includes the outrageous costs of imprisoning tens of thousands of people for nonviolent drug offenses.

One of those compounds in particular is cannabidiol, or CBD.

Rudder forewarned that in either scenario, "the medical value - as well as the fallacy of numerous anti-arguments - of cannabis will be recognized and state will continue to implement cannabis programs as they see fit and with the support of the voters".

Modern versions of pot are up to six times more potent than the weed my classmates smoked back in the day, so it can even produce psychotic, homicidal episodes.

In Illinois, a bill pending in the General Assembly would make it legal to smoke pot, as long as a user is 21 or over and possesses no more than an ounce.

While it is gratifying to see our friends on the left suddenly grasp the importance of the 10th Amendment and states' rights, it's sadly predictable that it wasn't over something like allowing states to establish marriage policy for themselves.

Together that is more than 40 states with some kind of law conflicting with federal law, which should in theory create a super majority of elected officials that could change the law in bipartisan fashion. While recreational sales of weed will certainly be beneficial to the economy, there are certain risks that need to be addressed.

From the same New York Times article: As for the president's evolution on marijuana, his spokesperson Sarah Sanders said Mr. Trump "believes in enforcing federal law".

Under the Cole and Ogden memos, legal cannabis markets flourished in places like Seattle, where pot shops outnumber locations of the city's famous hometown Starbucks coffee chain, and Denver, where dispensaries out number Starbucks two to one. These findings may be applicable to other people with hard-to-treat seizures. Sessions used to be a champion of states' rights. Despite what is stopping most shops, the ones that did open have been slammed with business. He pointed to illicit sales within the US and loosely regulated medical marijuana markets as more likely substitutes, should Sessions successfully cut down the recreational market.

  • Leroy Wright