Marijuana Makes Millions but American’s Are Not Convinced


With over 20 states issuing laws to legalize (in some way) marijuana, America is still not convinced that the projected $6 billion industry is worth legalizing across the nation. Twenty-one states now allow medical marijuana to be sold in small doses to those carrying a medical card, while only four states have made it legal for both medical and recreational use. However, with marijuana said to make millions, why is America not yet convinced it is worth legalization?

It has been a long (almost comical) battle that the poor hemp leaf has had to endure. From the hippies of the 70s to the stoners of the 90s, and now to the entrepreneurs of the millennium, marijuana remains one of the most controversial plants known to man. Staffingpreneurs Academy has come forth to offer an online course for those who are looking to start their own cannabis company. With materials and all, the academy looks to help entrepreneurs who want a piece of the hemp-baked brownie lining their bank accounts.

Many people are on the fence about marijuana, and the debate has gone on for centuries. While some advocate harshly for the drug, others say that its use in recreation is what gives the plant a bad reputation. With songs having been written about it, recording artists so luxuriously flaunting it, and millions of blue-collar and white-collar workers alike sneaking away to use it, recreational users cannot seem to find the issue that America has.

Riick Bossman, a user (both for recreation and medicinal purposes) and distributor himself, says that the hemp leaf (if allowed) can help many people with a myriad of health issues, including mental, emotional, and physical ailments. The young 28-year-old has said that marijuana has in the past helped his own medical issues, and has relieved pain that he feels modern medicine only made worse. Jesse Janedy, an online personality, comedian, and local celebrity, says that marijuana has many stigmas that cause America to be hesitant in legalizing the plant. When asked why he thought America has so much trouble with making marijuana legal, Janedy said, “A lot of negative stigmas, claiming it’s the gateway drug which personally I believe alcohol is…paranoia of not knowing how to control/pull yourself together but at large I just feel they [American government] can’t really stop people from growing it if it was legalized. It’s like the music industry, why buy it when you can download it for free?” Even with millions of users who claim the advantages of marijuana and are making millions, America has yet to be convinced.

MarijuanaAlthough marijuana in connected to a lot of negativity, the plant itself has shown to be very useful in centuries past. DEA Museum shares on their site that cannabis was used as one of the first fiber plants for things such as rope, clothing, and even paper prior to the use of cotton. Medical professionals, however, say that although marijuana does have medicinal purposes, the potential for abuse is what causes America (and the medical community) such great pause on legalizing the plant nationwide. Doctors say that there is the issue of impaired abilities of cognition. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in cannabis, can be used to help prevent vomiting and/or nausea. However, without the proper dosage, THC can also contribute to short-term memory loss, a disability to learn, and perception distortion, as well as increase the heart rate.

Jackie Rae, an actress and online sports commentator, says, “If you make it legal, you lose the ability to convict people for non-violent drug crimes, which takes money away from those who run the prison system.” Rae’s statement on how legalizing marijuana is purely a government tug-o-war over money is further collaborated by crafts maker and military wife Heather Staley, who says, “Before the campaign against marijuana in the 20s & 30s, marijuana was more commonly called hemp. Hemp was a threat. And for the billion dollar industry of cotton, that was a problem. What better way to snuff out the competition than to change the name and create propaganda such as ‘Reefer Madness’ to convince the masses that hemp should be illegal?”

Whether or not marijuana poses a threat to Americans or simply to the American government’s pocketbook, it is sure to be a continuous debate. However, entrepreneurs who advocate for the leaf and its many uses simply vie for a way to make honest money helping those who, they say, need their services. California is among the 21 states that have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes only. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska are the only states, however, that have legalized the plant for both medicinal and recreational uses. With the potential for marijuana to make millions (even billions), America is still not convinced that it is worth legalization.

Many agree that if it were to be legalized, it could offset the economic balance that currently plagues the lower and middle classes while financially serving the upper echelon. This, many believe, is the primary reason that America chooses to press its thumb down hard on allowing marijuana any more legal room than it has already gained. It is truly unknown as to why a Godly creation of foliage can cause such controversy for centuries (possibly millennia). However, many stand hard on the fact that the reason why America is so pressed to legalize this particular plant nationwide is because, according to hairstylist Seante Harden, the plant is “green-gold”. This opinion, which is held by many supporters, is what seems to make it a monetary threat to old Uncle Sam, the keeper of all things green.

Opinion by Danyol Jaye

Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen


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3 Responses to "Marijuana Makes Millions but American’s Are Not Convinced"

  1. Brian Kelly   June 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    There is absolutely no doubt now that the majority of Americans want to completely legalize marijuana nationwide. Our numbers grow on a daily basis.

    The prohibitionist view on marijuana is the viewpoint of a minority and rapidly shrinking percentage of Americans. It is based upon decades of lies and propaganda.

    Each and every tired old lie they have propagated has been thoroughly proven false by both science and society.

    Their tired old rhetoric no longer holds any validity. The vast majority of Americans have seen through the sham of marijuana prohibition in this day and age. The number of prohibitionists left shrinks on a daily basis.

    With their credibility shattered, and their not so hidden agendas visible to a much wiser public, what’s left for a marijuana prohibitionist to do?

    Maybe, just come to terms with the fact that Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think, and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide!…and Support All Marijuana Legalization Efforts!

    • Brian Kelly   June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

      Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

      The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

      Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

      Even The President of the United States has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record.Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

      The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

      Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

      Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

      • Brian Kelly   June 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm

        In the prohibitionist’s world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are “stoners” and “dopers” that need to be incarcerated in order to to protect society.

        In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about “saving us all” from the “evils” of marijuana use.

        Who are they to tell us we can’t choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

        People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who “follow the law” also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it’s current prohibition of course) .

        Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

        Several Presidents of The United States themselves, along with Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use. As have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

        Although that doesn’t mean a dam thing to people who will make comments like “dopers” and “stoners” about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

        To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, advertises, and even glorifies alcohol consumption like it’s an All American pastime.

        There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long hard day than having a drink or two of alcohol.

        So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can’t enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

        We’ve worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don’t appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

        Has a marijuana user ever forced you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

        Don’t try to impose your morality and “clean living” upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won’t think you’re such prohibitionist hypocrites.

        Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!


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