Step one: cleanse the skin?
The push for legalizing recreational marijuana doesn’t just make users happy. The Marijuana Policy Group says Colorado’s pot industry created more than 18,000 jobs and generated more than $2.4 billion for the state.
But even though more states are getting into this market, marijuana is still technically illegal because federal law hasn’t changed, despite a shift in public opinion.
Will a budding business in herb inspire more states to prefer reefer to cushion to their coffers? Or will a continued federal prohibition drive the sales underground?
- Wanda James Co-owner of the cannabis company "Simply Pure," based in Denver, Colorado.
- Beau Kilmer Co-director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center and co-author of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know".
- Bruce Barcott Deputy editor of Leafly.com, the world's largest cannabis information resource. He's also the author of "Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in the US"
- Amanda Chicago Lewis Investigative reporter covering the marijuana industry. She writes a cannabis column for Rolling Stone, and has written marijuana exposes for Buzzfeed, GQ and Vice.
- Governor John Hickenlooper Democratic governor of Colorado; former mayor of Denver, beer brewer and geologist
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