As cannabis advocates the world over celebrate Canada’s progressive march towards marijuana legalization, industry insiders in the U.S. continue to lament the missed opportunity befallen them by the country’s strict prohibition policy.
Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) shares jumped over 15 percent in trading on Wednesday following reports that tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. is talking with the cannabis producer about possibly acquiring a stake in the company.
New polling data from the Pew Research Center shows that roughly six-in-ten Americans now favor the legalization of marijuana, a number that has been steadily rising over the past decade.
“Also, a funny story that takes a half-hour to tell so I won't tell it other than to say I attracted a cease and desist letter from the US Secret Service for stamping "I Grew Hemp" on all of the dollar bills coming out of George Washington's mouth,” recalled Joy Beckerman about her early days as an advocate for hemp.
During the height of the 2008 election, Howard Zinn aptly summarized our every-four-year trip to the political Mt. Sinai. He noted, “...we have all been brought up to believe that voting is crucial in determining our destiny, that the most important act a citizen can engage in is to go to the polls…” Zinn’s more significant point was to lay bare the act of voting as a golden calf forged by the American populace.