There is no doubt whatsoever that legal weed will be a national sensation sooner, rather than later.
If this comes as a shocker to you, I suggest you head into town for a spell and maybe listen to a little radio. Get out from under the rock you’ve been living under. Marijuana’s legalization is going to be an economic force for all of us, and not just those who enjoy using the plant.
Just look at Colorado, where the tax revenue alone from legal weed sales created a surplus that the state didn’t know what to do with.
Illinois took the plunge on January 1st, becoming the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.
Dispensaries were allowed to begin selling cannabis at 6 a.m., but there was a delay in some sales due to a problem with the state database that will track all marijuana sales.
Illinois residents may possess up to 30 grams of the dried flower, five grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC in edibles, while nonresidents may possess only half as much.
The first day of legal sales follows Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) granting more than 11,000 pardons to people convicted of low-level marijuana convictions.
“The war on cannabis has destroyed families. It has filled jails and prisons with nonviolent offenders. It has disproportionately affected black and brown communities,” Pritzker said at a press conference Tuesday.
Forty-three marijuana stores in Illinois have received permission to sell recreational cannabis.
Buyers must be 21 years of age and show a valid state ID or driver’s license.
Marijuana prohibition in America could produce an inordinate amount of trouble in the coming years, with both Canada and Mexico legalizing its use, leaving the United States as the only fertile ground for a marijuana black market – likely dominated by the ruthless drug cartels from south of the border.