Why Legalizing Cannabis Has Not Yet Stopped the War on Drugs in Washington

The so-called War on Drugs was mostly a war on marijuana. Drug testing has mostly been marijuana testing, and when police arrested people for drug crimes, it was disproportionately black and brown people found in possession of, or selling, small amounts of marijuana which are now available legally in a very competitive retail industry. Those…

The Shady Yet Lucrative Dispensary—the Thriving Californian Cannabis Black Market

According to the report BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research, California’s legal cannabis market is expected to reach $3.1 billion this year. This makes the Californian marijuana market the largest in the world—bigger than Colorado and Washington, two of the pioneer states for legalizing recreational cannabis, and even bigger than Europe. Anybody looking to enter the…

Overproduction, Diversion, and the “New” Marijuana Black Market

On Friday, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy Williams, issued a memorandum titled “Priorities in Enforcement of Federal laws Involving Marijuana in the District of Oregon.” The memo explains that changes are afoot in enforcement policies and practices with respect to federal marijuana laws in Oregon. These so-called changes are authorized, the memo…