(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.”
Even in recent years, every stoner faced certain risks when going in for a toke while in Sin City. Ironically, in a city known for sin, vice and other entertainments, laws against cannabis use & possession were notoriously harsh. You might still bring a big bag of chronic to a bachelor party, but the smart stoners knew to keep it low key.
You can read about those times in the history books, because Nevada flipped the script. Vegas went legal and hasn’t looked back, and this fabulous, fun city now takes care of us stoners like it’s always taken care of drunken gamblers – by giving us what we need 24/7.
Next time you roll into Las Vegas needing your medicine, pop by one of the many dispensaries around town – we plucked three below to get you started, but peek around because you might have a golden dispensary sitting right next to your Motel 6 room. They’ll leave the lights on for you.
What can you say? Planet 13 is a massive, must-visit cannabis dispensary that seems more like a giant Apple tech store that a place to buy weed. You can see the future of cannabis now at one of the largest, most absurd weed shops on the planet
2548 West Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Right around the corner from Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club
Major hotels close by include Wynn Las Vegas, Encore & Treasure Island
Las Vegas ReLeaf Dispensary
If you’re staying in legendary Downtown Las Vegas, or getting your thrill ride on at the Stratosphere Hotel, you need to hit up Las Vegas ReLeaf Dispensary at the North end of town
Located practically on the Las Vegas strip, ReLeaf has a great shop with the killer THC and has been on top of the legal weed scene in Vegas as long as anyone
You can literally walk out of the shop and into a McDonald’s located right next door.
2244 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
Major hotels close by include Stratosphere, Westgate & Circus Circus
The Apothecarium Shoppe
On the West Side of town you can fill all of your THC needs & find great Daily Deals at The Apothecarium Shoppe
4240 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Right across the street from The Palms Casino & right next door to Gold Coast Casino & Sonic Burger