How Will The ‘green Wave’ Of Cannabis Acceptance Reshape America?

Instead of spending approximately $10 billion annually fighting the hopelessly futile battle of pot criminalization, feds hope to top up the nations budget with a gravy train of revenues. Time will tell whether this becomes a new revenue stream for funding schools and roads, or a bongs-for-bombs proposition. President Obama, who has admitted to smoking marijuana in the past, threw his hat into the green ring just days before the Holder announcement with a seemingly off-the-cuff yet very well orchestrated set of comments on pot, as a bad habit and a vice, yet no more dangerous than alcohol. His comments indicate a seismic shift in the federal position on cannabis, and have sent tremors through the alcoholic beverage industry, whose members worry that at least some American booze revenues will go up in smoke. The slogan, This buds for you, is already taking on new popular meaning. Meanwhile, in Colorado and Washington, businesses offering products rich in the non-psychoactive marijuana ingredient CBD or cannabidiol, are receiving visitors from all over the nation who are afflicted with chronic pain, MS, epileptic seizures, neurological disorders, and other health complaints that may respond positively to cannabis treatment. A hemp lifestyle company called Kannaway is launching its own CBD-rich hemp oil for medical purposes, and predicts astronomic growth for the hemp lifestyle. At the same time, NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is working harder than ever to beat pot prohibition once and for all, hoping to push states whose voters are receptive to medical marijuana over the voting edge in upcoming ballot initiatives. According to NORML, Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Prisons, many of them for-profit private enterprises, will just have to identify other citizens to incarcerate. Concerned educators point out that legalizing marijuana may be harmful to young people, saying the drug may damage their ability to learn. Like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis seems destined to be legally an adult-only product.
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