(Washington DC) As city, state and federal agencies are drained of funds in the wake of the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus, the federal government is looking seriously at fast-tracking cannabis legalization in every state in the country as a way to mitigate the financial havoc the virus has brought on the nation.
“We are facing a crisis of unimaginable magnitude – not just a health crisis, but a financial crisis as well,” said Thurgood Jenkins, a prominent cannabis lobbyist that works with several states on the eastern seaboard. “As we struggle to find ways to mend the nation and get people back to work, the immediate expansion of the cannabis industry nationwide, is an obvious way to create tens of thousands of new jobs while boosting state tax revenues across the board.”
Jenkins has been working with multiple government agencies to explore the timing and roll out of legalization in states that had not previously been interested in supporting cannabis initiatives.
Jenkins says the attitudes of some state agencies have changed dramatically. “Just months ago, I couldn’t get a call back from some states no matter what messages I left. Now, I’m getting called from them daily – the governmental interest in legal cannabis has never been higher than right now, in my estimation. There is general wariness about the economy everywhere of course, but folks are looking to the cannabis industry to be a potential financial savior to help us through these incredibly hard times,” said Jenkins.
As the coronavirus crisis grinds on, it’s starting to look like a “green wave” of legal cannabis initiatives will find their way onto ballots this November. With economic uncertainty still likely to be with us for some time, these legalization efforts will go a long way towards helping the U.S. get back on track, by allowing new states to enjoy the benefits of legalized cannabis.
“People are going to need jobs – not the same old service jobs they had, but new, better jobs,” said Jenkins. “In every state with legal cannabis, there are thousands and thousands of jobs that simply do not exist in states without legal cannabis. As the Federal Government turns from healing the sick to getting the economy back on track, legal cannabis will increasingly be looked at as a way to boost economic activity while simultaneously generating vital tax revenue for every state.”