Marijuana companies in Colorado must use cash and take the risks inherent in dealing with large amounts of paper money because banks won't do business with them. State officials hope a new credit union can change that.
The reaction of one police union president: “If the current practice of making arrests for both possession and sale of marijuana is, in fact, abandoned, then this is clearly the beginning of the breakdown of a civilized society."
By making recreational pot legal in the city over which Congress retains extraordinary control, the city has forced the issue back onto the national stage, where at least a few lawmakers are sure to mount every bit of resistance they have to marijuana reform.
In a spate of ballot initiatives around the country, voters sent a signal that they are ready to reform a system that has sent more people in the United States to jail than in any other country in the world.
“Brown’s death also should serve as a tragic reminder that marijuana is not harmless, that it is not just like alcohol or ‘safer than alcohol,’ that its consumption often leads to impairment that is very difficult for the public to measure."