Weed, Inc. The Truth About THC, the Pot Lobby, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry By Ben Cort from HCI Books. Colorado’s Amendment 64, the game-changing constitutional amendment that authorized the use and regulation of marijuana in the state, sounded to most people who voted for it like a victory for social justice, a way to solve the problem of prison overcrowding and a windfall for the state and local governments that could reap the benefits from sales taxes. In Weed Inc. author Ben Cort shows us the truth. This was not simple legalization of a plant or discrimination for those possessing it. Instead, the law was written to allow for the commercialization of the mind-altering component of marijuana, THC, by an industry now seeking to make it stronger and to get into the hands of as many new users as possible. Controlled by a powerful, wealthy lobby, the industry has no federal oversight and has grown at a pace that’s made building and enforcing responsible regulation totally impossible, with adverse impacts to society, health, and the government.
There are more marijuana dispensaries in Denver than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined.
You’d have to smoke 15 joints in 1970 to get the same high as just one joint today.
In 1996, the average level of THC in marijuana was 5% or less. Today, 30% THC is the norm in Colorado, and there are now powerful concentrates that have THC levels as high as 98%.
Indoor marijuana –growing operations account for 1% of total electricity use in the US, producing greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) equal to that of 3 million cars.
Pesticide levels six times the maximum allowed by the federal government have been found on plants quarantined at a marijuana grow houses in Denver.
The black market has not disappeared; in fact, it has only grown since legalization.
This book gives you a lot of information and I know the Denver area well from living there in the past so I am really shocked at all the dispensaries there are now. I really command Ben on writing this book and making other states aware of the Marijuana industry if they decide to legalize it whet “rules” should be in place to protect the consumer.
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