Weed’s not getting too far with House Republicans, who have been blocking cannabis amendments from consideration. And even though weed is cheaper than ever, teen use is at an all-time low. But millennials are filling in the generation gap—consuming more cannabis than anyone. Read on.
House Committee Blocks Weed Amendments
The mouth-breathing slime molds that make up the Republican-controlled House Rules Committee are just NO fun. They’ve went and blocked all marijuana-related amendments from being considered in the House, including important ones like access to cannabis research, maintaining the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment (which helps protect states where weed is legal from federal interference), and even protections for states allowing industrial hemp (I mean, for crying out loud!).
Teen Marijuana Use Hits a 20-Year Low
Looks like “reefer madness” has dwindled into the kind of apathy one would expect from teenagers. Weed use has dropped to an all-time low (only 6.5 percent of 12-17 year olds surveyed said they use marijuana on a monthly basis). These general statistics, along with a recent report by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, should prove once and for all that there is no correlation between legalization and the rise of teenage marijuana use.
And what’s the one age demographic that saw increased rates of both marijuana and alcohol consumption? That’s right—cash-strapped, debt-saddled millennials, smoking and drinking away their generational malaise. Their cannabis consumption has risen to 20.8 percent, the highest number since 1985. Go figure.
Which Schools Are the Most Weed-Welcoming?
The good ol’ Princeton Review published their annual list of “higher” education options for stoners, with the University of Vermont, Ithaca, and Bard topping the list for most marijuana-friendly schools. And who do you think made the "don’t inhale" list? Why, the US Coast Guard and Naval Academies, of course!
Weed Has Never Been Cheaper
Because of legalization, the price of marijuana in Washington State is collapsing. According to a recent study of state weed prices by Steven Davenport of the Pardee Rand Graduate School: “The current retail price of $7.38 per gram (including tax) represents a 67 percent decrease in just three years of the legalization, with more decline likely in the future.” At that rate, you’ll be able to buy a gram with the change between your couch cushion pretty soon. Thanks, 502!
Except Damn, Look at This Pile Of Money!
Even though weed is legal in Washington state, some people want to avoid all those pesky regulations and excise taxes and illegally grow their own. Some of those people were busted after a hot tip “led to a five-month investigation resulting in the seizure of more than 6,000 marijuana plants, 180 pounds of processed marijuana, and $3 million in cash” from multiple large scale illegal grow operations. Five people were arrested, according to a statement from Sergeant Cindi West, Public Information Officer for the King County Sheriff's Department.
The Nation’s First Cannabis Ad Is Snoozeville
The very first cannabis ad, a television commercial for a cannabis law firm, has aired on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Viceland, the Weather Channel:
It's suuuuuuuuuuuper boring.
But at Least This Video Is Fun
Build one-hitters out of stuff: