In an interview with Canadian news program The West Block, parliamentary secretary for the minister of public safety Mark Holland reported that Canadians will be able to buy weed by the end of September.
It’s the opening chapter of California’s new era of regulated cannabis, and already a market disruption is underway.
Generally, retailers have ample product on store shelves for both adult use and medicinal cannabis consumers, but some brands are now in short supply. Prices are mostly stable, though new state taxes on legal purchases have meant sticker shock for customers.
Meanwhile, the black market appears to be thriving anew—invigorated by dissuasive taxes on growers, plus licensing fees and frustrations over difficulties of entering the legal economy. If more cultivators aren’t licensed by the state, manufacturers for cannabis concentrates for vape pens, waxes, and infused edibles fear they may run short of their critical production component – leafy cannabis trim – by summer.
Many marijuana consumers may like the legalization of cannabis so that they can either walk into an establishment or go to a website to peruse cannabis strains without fear of being arrested. The push for legalization though is about either providing the medicinal benefits of cannabis to patients, mending social injustices, the business opportunities that generates tax revenue or ending the war on drugs. California is an example of each rationale, it is even still an example of the lingering stigma surrounding marijuana.
People with marijuana convictions on their record often have a difficult time finding gainful employment. Sure, a number of states have legalized marijuana. But pot offenders are often treated like pariahs when looking for work. It is for this reason that one hemp company wants to hire growers with marijuana convictions. The goal is to put their felonious talents to work in the legitimate medical marijuana industry. Continue reading “This Hemp Company Wants To Hire Growers With Marijuana Convictions”→