Nationwide, attitudes relax towards recreational marijuana use and perhaps a majority of Americans now favor allowing it. The Hydroponics and pot growing supplies market show unlimited growth potential.
Did you ever think you’d live to see the day? Nationally a growing tide of “pro Pot” sentiment is sweeping the nation. Somewhere along the line government officials from the city level all the way up to the Federal seem to be more concerned with major hurdles like the economy and job growth as opposed to trying to regulate what enjoyments private citizens partake in during their free time or in the privacy of their own home.
Here’s a brief recap and timeline of some of the major developments that have been setting the stage for nation-wide change and a major shift in public attitude over the past two years:
In November of 2012, Washington State legalized the recreational drug use and possession of marijuana for users 21 years of age or over. Technically, this is to be restricted to usage on private property and not in public places and restricts quantity of possession to no more than an ounce of pot, but in Seattle, for example, local police have not been enforcing citations on those caught smoking in public, but rather are giving out warnings or advice to smoke in private. Wheels were put in motion for local ordinances, state laws and procedures to be assessed in order to provide the proper framework for marijuana distribution, retail sale, regulation and taxation. Retail outlets for pot are not expected to start operation until later in 2014.
In November of 2013, The City of Potland…errr….Portland, Maine and three Michigan cities – Ferndale, Lansing, and Jackson – also voted to legalize recreational pot use. Again, this limits use to 21 years or older, possession/transfer of a maximum of one ounce, and usage to private property.
January 1, 2014 was a watershed date in pot legalization history as the state of Colorado legalized recreational marijuana retail sales. This followed the legalization for recreational use in 2012. Purchases are limited to no more than an ounce which could cost up to $200. Sean Azzaritti, and Iraq war veteran and pot activist, became the first person to legally purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado. (See photo).
To the Contrary: State vs. Local and Federal vs. State
In the cases where cities have voted to legalize the use it’s largely a symbolic gesture as their moves to do so doesn’t affect state laws where the state still holds marijuana usage illegal. In the situations of Colorado and Washington where pot possession and usage is legal throughout all of the state, those states are technically in violation of Federal anti-pot laws. For now, it seems that Washington and the justice department have chosen to stay out of the battle of bucking heads against the states, but users in those areas should be aware that pot usage in national parks or on Federal property or military bases could result in being arrested under Federal law. Washington seems to be preoccupied with a myriad of other more important problems like fighting terrorists and finding jobs for the many Americans still unemployed.
Colorado’s epic move in particular has set off a national and international media frenzy and has energized the national focus and debate on the issue as never before. Arguably, it has pushed the “trend” towards public favor of recreational pot use legalization into high gear. Expect the trend to only get hotter as more localities and states jump on board the band wagon of freeing up government restrictions when it comes to what you do with your body in your own free time. The issue of legalized gay marriage and the gradual spread of laws permitting it across all states of the union bears many similarities in the way the current pot trend is developing as well, where local municipalities help fuel the movement by reforming ordinances – symbolic movements that help move forward public opinion, but don’t have the real power of immediately changing state laws. Stay tuned America…more states to follow, and I’m still waiting for my local drive-thru pot pick up window across the street from the neighborhood MacDonalds, and for those budding (yes, pun intended) entrepreneurs out there, now might be a time to consider opening up a hydroponics or pot growing supplies store in your area in the near future.
The trend will continue
Yes the trend wil continue to grow and get bigger...I think there will come a time when marijuana will be as readily available as cigarettes...And I picture pot being legalized in all 50 states.