For the last 15 years I've dedicated my life to ending our country's disastrous war on drugs. It has been an incredible journey, and I am happy to say that seeds that were planted a long time ago are finally bearing some fruit.
At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.
After traveling back home, I decided to call up a local dispensary. I hopped online and found one nearby that delivered. All I had to do was text them a photo of my California ID and the recommendation from my doctor.
As Americans celebrate 4/20, I'm getting pelted with questions about the growing legalization movement. Why is legalization happening now? Until recently, I cited two factors. A few days ago, I added a third factor. It came after a visit to the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum outside Washington, D.C.
"The media are finally waking up to the fact that their longtime portrayal of the typical marijuana user as a male slacker who resembles Cheech and/or Chong is old school, outdated, and embarrassingly limited."
Kirsten Velasco, a medical cannabis patient advocate, says that Illinois' medical marijuana law has a serious flaw: It requires patients to be fingerprinted, a practice she says she is "sure" is "a violation of civil rights and privacy."
They weren't rolling doobies down by the river, but Melodie Peil and her family were using their gently used 1990 Chevy van to roll around town when they discovered a stowaway that had been bumming a ride with them for about the last 15 years, 13 and a half pounds of marijuana packaged for transport.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts on the earnings call, "The volume is hard to comprehend." No sh*t it's hard to comprehend! Can you imagine -- $178 billion worth of weed? It's totally blowing my mind -- and I'm not even high right now.
Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.
It seems that tech companies which develop marijuana-related apps are having difficulties obtaining authorization from Apple in order to release their creation to consumers via their App Store.
After two players for the championship-losing University of Oregon football team were suspended ahead of that game for allegedly turning up positive for marijuana, the NCAA announced recently that it will reexamine its drug testing policies.
Unfortunately, we still live in an age when a series about a movie theater that starts selling marijuana alongside popcorn is too taboo for television. Fortunately we live in an era when the definition of television is rapidly evolving.
A marijuana delivery app that's been described as the "Uber for weed" was officially cut off from doing business in L.A. Local Judge Robert H. O'Brien issued a preliminary injunction against Nestdrop after the L.A. City Attorney's Office targeted it for civil action.
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