Weed is slowly but steadily blazing a solid path to legitimization: Nevada will start selling recreational weed tonight, more patients would rather use cannabis than opioids to manage their pain, and cannabis industry jobs are growing faster than an indoor hydroponic grow box of Northern Lights. Read on!
Nevada Begins Recreational Sales July 1
Tonight at midnight, Nevada will officially begin retail marijuana sales in 37 dispensaries across the state. You can buy, but you still can’t walk down the street and smoke in public (unless you want a $600 ticket). For now, prices are expected to be high ($80 for an eighth) and like other states that have legalized it, will probably begin to even out eventually. Spacing out in front of the slot machines is going to be even more of a thing now—all those flashing lights are so much more fun to look at high.
Patients Prefer Cannabis to Opioids
The opioid epidemic is out of control: a study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found that opioid use has increased 500 percent in the past seven years, which is fucking insane. There’s also Fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50-100 times stronger than heroin, that has been causing an alarmingly high rate of these overdose deaths—and is so powerful that police and first responders are being warned to wear protective gear when dealing with overdose victims.
Meanwhile, a UN report showed that cannabis has not caused one single fatal overdose death, and another study found that 93 percent of patients prefer cannabis over opioids for managing their pain. Keep in mind that opioid addiction increases with longer prescriptions lasts; one in five patients with a 10-day prescription will become addicted to opiates.
Canada’s 'Lower Risk' Guide to Weed
Ever the safe, responsible country, Canada has released a guide to “lower risk” cannabis use in regards to health prior to their legalizing it, and it’s pretty much what you'd expect: smoking is bad, dabbing is worse, edibles are great, high THC is not so good, CBD is better. More takeaways from Leafly’s David Schmader are here.
Seattle's Hempfest Needs Some Green
The money kind. The Stranger’s Lester Black talked to the organizers of Hempfest about how and why the festival, now in its 26th year, has been shrinking in recent years, and wonders if “cannabis culture is capable of supporting the country's oldest pot festival.”
Cannabis Industry Jobs on the Rise
The cannabis industry boasts 165,000-230,000 full and part-time employees, now surpassing dental hygienists, bakers, and massage therapists! Soon, that number will eclipse pharmacists and telemarketers, too! But tell that to potential CEOS, who are taking a pass on cannabis industry jobs in fear of “career consequences,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Chance the Rapper Says: “Let everybody out of jail for selling weed before y'all start making it legal”