January 30, 2021
Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.
Congressman Introduces Legislation to Reschedule Cannabis, More State Legislatures Consider Legalization Proposals
Here are 2 articles about legalizing our favorite plant at both the federal level and the state level. It’ll be interesting this year to see how many state legislatures get the cajones to actually legalize and reap the benefits of legalized weed in the coffers of the state(s). If it’s legalized at the federal level, or at least removed from Schedule 1, the individual states where pot is still illegal will still have to legalize it. It’s not as onerous as it sounds and it could happen. 2021 is going to play out strangely, I believe.
The hypocrisy of the American Medical Association is astonishing. In 1937, the AMA was the only organization that spoke against making cannabis illegal via the Stamp Act. Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved medical cannabis and now a few people, not organizations are trying to overturn the will of the voters. People never seem to learn that if their agenda is defeated (and I can’t understand why in 2021 there is any resistance to cannabis legalization) they can still fight for it, even if they’re a small minority. There’s good and bad in that.
Yet another idiot who thinks that their personal agenda is more important than the will of the voters. The only way voters can get their way is to vote the schmucks out of office. There might be a lot of that over the next 2 and 4 years. Only time will tell if the people are willing to vote for what they believe.
WOWIE!!!! Three angry icons in a row! I don’t like this. Yet another state, New Jersey, that has had overwhelming support for cannabis approval (70%) on a state ballot and yet legislators are holding up the implementation of pot shops in the state. This is getting ridiculous. The voters vote. They are ignored by the legislatures or governors. It has to stop.
Way to go New Mexico…we hope! This will mark the third time that New Mexico will try to legalize adult-use weed. The third time might be the charm too. While many republicans opposed cannabis legalization in the Land of Enchantment, there were more who wanted it. There were also plenty of conservative democrats who did not want legal pot in the state, but they got voted out of office. They were the primary roadblock to legalization. Go figure. This year will hopefully e the year New Mexico joins the list of states who have legalized marijuana for everyone over the age of 21.
Walled Lake is a small community near Detroit and they have been offering free pot to anyone who can prove they’ve had the COVID vaccine. Now this is the way weed can be used for good. There seem to be only about 55 or 60% of the people who are saying that even if they could get the vaccine, they would not. Maybe this will push a few over the top…if they can find the vaccine at all. It’s in very short supply everywhere.
There’s really no surprise here. Colorado is the state with the longest track record of adult pot sales. My only surprise is that it’s not more than $3 billion dollars! There is probably still room for growth in the industry in Colorado as well. Since Colorado represents about 1.7% of the overall U.S, population, you can extrapolate the $2 billion in current sales to somewhere north of $100 billion if weed was legal all over the country. That’s a big number. Really BIG! And potentially it represents a lot of tax revenue. A whole lot.