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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that people aged 35-44 are slightly more likely to use cannabis than people aged 12-17 in the United States.
According to the just-released data from 2014, about 8% of middle-aged adults have used cannabis in the last month, compared to 7.4% of those aged 12 to 17.
Last week a 22-year-old Maryland man was indicted on “drug kingpin” charges after police say he was responsible for the shipment of some 85 pounds of marijuana last year.
Joseph Miller allegedly went by the name of “Pablo” and oversaw seven people while running an elaborate scheme to have cannabis mailed from Oregon and California to be sold in Maryland.
People entering Texas from Mexico are being warned that an old folk remedy gel they can get in Mexico may contain peyote and/or marijuana as the main ingredient, meaning they are illegal to bring into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they have seen an uptick in the amount of creams coming across the border, which prompted the issuing of a travel advisory.
Last week the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that an employee who had been fired after being caught smoking marijuana at work was punished too harshly and should be reinstated to his job.
An arbitrator has previously ruled that Gregory Linhoff shouldn’t have been fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington; instead he should have been suspended and put on probation due to his spotless record going back 14 years on the job.
We hear it all the time: legal marijuana needs to be “tightly regulated.” There needs to be certain “rules” and “restrictions” and “licenses.” As more states legalize cannabis, more hoops are created for people to jump through to get into the industry.
Of course, in relative terms, jumping through hoops is better than going to jail or having a criminal record. And in terms of economic activity and jobs, a heavily-regulated legal cannabis industry is better than no industry at all. But the legal marijuana industry has the potential to be so much more.