California’s cannabis legalization measure has been hailed by most as a timely, if not long overdue, step into the future. However, not all cannabis fans supported the measure. Many pro-cannabis opponents took issue with the new tax system, and the ways it could affect businesses and low-income patients. For many consumers, the hype surrounding legalization obscured the substantial tax hike behind the scenes, learning about the increased costs only on their first visit to a dispensary. To make matters worse, the high costs also applied to medical patients who saw no change in their ability to purchase cannabis, but still faced a massive
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Despite ominous, if vague, signals of disapproval from the federal government, the legal cannabis industry is widely expected to continue growing at a breakneck speed. Regardless of a scare in January after Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo and its tentative protections for state-legal cannabis operations, all other signs point to a continued rise in the social and political acceptability of cannabis use. In turn, this will keep the space open for the industry’s unprecedented economic boom to continue. It may simply be a matter of keeping operators and investors from panicking until the wider tidal wave of pro-cannabis sentiment drowns out voices like Sessions and his ilk.
As we enter the new year, Californians have something else to celebrate in 2018. January 1st marked the start of legal recreational cannabis sales in the Golden State. While doubt persisted for much of the year over whether regulators would meet the deadline to make room for a recreational cannabis industry in the country’s most populous state, at least some areas of the state have started to enjoy legal sales since the first day of the year.
What could better capture the spirit of California in 2017 than a project that combines the one-click convenience, near instant gratification, and professionalism of the Silicon Valley tech world, with the burgeoning medical cannabis industry? Eaze does just that, providing a fast and easy way for California patients to get their doctor’s recommendations and on-demand cannabis deliveries.
In November of 2012, Colorado became the first state in the US to legalize recreational cannabis use. After more than 70 years of draconian prohibition laws, the passing of the measure came as a shock to both supporters and opponents. States had voted on similar measures before, and a number of states already had successful medical cannabis programs, but still, Colorado’s Amendment 64 signified the start of a new era in the fight to end prohibition. And, despite the fact that the fight continues today, Colorado’s experiment has been widely considered successful - with Oregon and Washington putting similar legalization measures into effect since then. In fact, California will be voting on its own recreational legalization, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or AUMA, in less than a month.