The cultivation of cannabis is unfamiliar territory for Leslie Lindbo, she admitted while standing among dozens of pot plants.
But she and her colleagues may soon become experts as Yolo County government continues to craft medical marijuana regulations, reaching out to local growers and patients, and learning everything they can about the once-illegal industry.
Rural Studio's $20K House has such innovative design that it's changing the entire housing system—from mortgages to zoning laws.
For over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University's design-build program in a tiny town in West Alabama, have worked on a nearly impossible problem. How do you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it?
Every person on the planet should be allowed the freedom to use his or her judgment
There are many legal activities we can partake in that aren’t exactly healthy decisions, but our government has no say in how frequently we do them or if we’re doing them to excess.
For instance, as Americans, we can buy and consume as much alcohol as we want, we can smoke as many cigarettes as we want, and we can eat as much fast food as we want. As an American citizen, you have the right to literally drink, smoke, and eat yourself to death, but when it comes to consuming marijuana, that’s off the table, even though it is impossible to die from smoking pot to excess.
The last decade has seen a significantly vast shift in the public’s narrative on cannabis. In the last ten years, eleven states have legalized medicinal cannabis, and four states ─ as well as Washington D.C. ─ have legalized recreational use. Countless scientific studies have confirmed the high medicinal value of cannabinoids. Even the stubborn U.S. government has admitted it is interested in how far cannabis-based medication can go. However, this hasn’t seemed to deter one postal service worker in Bremerton, WA.
Funding Roads, Schools, Charities And More
Two years after Colorado began its first retail sales of cannabis, towns and cities across the state are enjoying the benefits in a number of ways. With sales this year expected to reach $1 billion, local governments are seeing windfalls of tax revenue, which is funding education, recreation, infrastructure improvements, and even aid to the homeless.
The small town of Mountain View may be able to dispel its reputation for collecting revenue through speeding tickets, now that two pot shops reside there.
“We have such a small tax base,” said Mayor Jeff Kiddie, who opposed pot stores. “Medical and retail marijuana have definitely helped the town’s bottom line. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”
...as it wraps up historic meeting
Alaska's Marijuana Control Board ended its historic June meeting Friday afternoon after approving most of the grower licenses on its agenda and voting to open up future discussions about advertising and out-of-state investment.
On Thursday, the state's first-ever commercial marijuana businesses were approved. On Friday, the board picked up where it left off, jumping into cultivation license approvals.