Monday, April 20, 2015

CNN continues series on gradual legalization of marijuana with "Weed 3"

Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted the newest installment on CNN’s reporting on legal marijuana, here just medical, Sunday night, on “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution”, main link here 

The program covered the issues of using marijuana to treat PTSD, especially in military veterans, and even in delaying the formation of plaques related to Alzheimer’s disease.

There is a facility near Oxford MS where marijuana can be grown legally for research only.

A professor was fired from the University of Arizona after trying to set up a legal marijuana research program (for vets). Attempts are made to set up programs in Las Vegas and then, of course, Colorado.
A point is made that marijuana suppresses memories of dreams, but tends, in the minds of some people, to enhance perception of reality. 

The second hour of the presentation, now on legal recreational use in Colorado, is "High Profits: Cannibas meets Captialism", link.  A young couple opens a shop off the beaten track in Breckenridge, CO.   The job interviews are shown (an applicant is asked "Are you high now?"  It opens at 8 AM MST on New Year's Day.  It's cash only, as banks won't handle it (although the bankks secretly encouraged marijuana back in the 80s when farms failed) out of fear of racketeering prosecutions (since this is still illegal under federal law, but not pursued in a state that has made it legal within the state).  I wouldn't be able to handle this myself.

A visitor from Mexico thinks that legalization is the answer to the cartel problem. He's right.

It costs $20000 a month to get a license to grow marijuana in Colorado.

This is the first episode in a series ("High Profits").

The series continued May 3, with a debate on whether a marijuana store should be allowed by zoning in downtown Breckenridge, and also with presentation of the security problems with handling cash when banks won't accept your business.
Wikipedia attribution for Breckenridge photo DReifGalaxyM31, Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 license, here

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