Some state officials who were tasked with regulating legal marijuana have moved to private sector jobs like consulting and lobbying, according to The Hill. Andrew Freedman and Lewis Koski, former marijuana regulators in Colorado’s state government, are now consultants for state and local governments looking for help with regulations.
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Now that marijuana is legal in several states, prices are falling, and that is changing the marketplace, according to Forbes.com. “Wholesale marijuana prices declined in 2016 from $2,500 to $1,000 per pound, with some dispensaries offering recreational ounces as low as $65 on CannaSaver.com,” Brian Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer of CannaSaver, said.
A new study released in JAMA Pediatrics reveals younger teenagers in Washington state have a decreased perception of marijuana’s harmfulness and an increased likelihood of use, mirroring national trends. “Across the country there has been a decreased perception of risk and an increase in marijuana use among adolescents,” Magdalena Cerda, lead author of the study, said.
A new study from GreenWave Advisors reveals a drop in medical-marijuana applications in states where marijuana has been legalized or soon could be, according to Forbes.com. In three states where recreational marijuana has been legalized—Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.—the number of patients seeking official medical marijuana certification has dropped.
Brendan Hill, drummer for Blues Traveler, has created a unique way to sell recreational marijuana in Bainbridge Island, Wash., according to an Aug. 24, 2016, article at Forbes.com. A little more than a year ago, Hill opened Paper & Leaf, tagged as “Bainbridge Island’s first and ONLY premier recreational cannabis boutique.”
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering rule changes that would allow more out-of-state financing in Washington’s cannabis industry. If adopted, the changes could go into effect as early as March 24.
When Washington State legalized recreational marijuana, supporters had hoped that legalization would free law enforcement up to focus on more important crimes, like murder or theft. But unfortunately for marijuana supporters, that dream may remain unsubstantiated as a new law allows police to jail minors.