How Legal Marijuana is Reshaping State Economies
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How Legal Marijuana is Reshaping State Economies
Posted by CN Staff on November 07, 2014 at 16:18:34 PT
By Patrik Jonsson, Staff Writer
Source: Christian Science Monitor
USA -- Forget that postgraduation barista job. Given that four US states have legalized marijuana, “budtender” is now one of the hottest retail jobs in America.The legalization movement, which began when California voters approved medical marijuana in 1996, has long argued that one big reason to legalize marijuana is to stop sending adults to jail for using a drug that basically doesn’t have fatal implications, unlike legal ones like alcohol and nicotine.
Yet the experiments in Colorado and Washington State, both of which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and where pot is now sold in shops, have begun to highlight an economic side to the issue. Residents in Oregon and Alaska will also soon see the impact of regulated marijuana sales.Nearly a year after implementing its tax-and-regulation regime, Colorado now sports 18,000 state-certified, or “badged,” pot industry workers eligible for jobs ranging from cultivation to trimmers, from “edibles creators” to retail budtenders.“Think about it: You have to count all the people working at the counter, in a cultivation or testing facility, people who are working for packaging and labeling companies. It extends pretty broad,” says Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., which lobbies for marijuana legalization.To be sure, not everyone is bullish on the ability of pot to drive employment. For one, despite voter enthusiasm at the ballot box for legalized marijuana, pot-related stocks took a tumble this week – probably an investor acknowledgment that the federal government still has the power to squash the market.“Investors have learned that despite the hype with the populace, marijuana stocks remain risky and mostly something to avoid for now,” writes USA Today’s Matt Krantz.Critics also worry that a corporatized marijuana industry will, like the tobacco and alcohol giants, target younger Americans in search of profits. Such concerns have in part led to a slide in the polls for marijuana legalization, from 58 percent support a year ago to 51 percent now, according to Gallup.And Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, a marijuana policy expert, argues that neither Colorado’s GDP nor wages have so far risen notably because of legalization, saying “neither indicates any effect of the policy changes.”Nevertheless, it’s clear that legalization is already to some extent transforming state economies and workplaces in Colorado and Washington State.There's "a big influx of employment opportunities for those in areas where legalization is in full swing,” writes Sam Becker in the Business Cheat Sheet.Some examples of marijuana job market buzz:• The International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, Ore., last month was hopping. “Bullish is too weak a word” to describe the atmosphere, reported cannabis advocate Doug Fine for The Huffington Post.• Charlo Greene, the KTVA reporter in Alaska who used a profanity to quit her job on the air in September, is now devoting her time to work in marijuana advocacy. “Yes, I had an awesome job as a TV journalist, but it was just that – a job,” she tells• And more than 3,500 jobs have been created through Colorado’s cannabis industry from the beginning of 2013 through the first quarter of this year, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. A recent marijuana job fair in Denver brought out some 3,500 job-seekers eyeing 650 jobs. In the state, the average weekly wage of a marijuana industry worker is $555.Most of the pot industry job-seekers are some of the same younger Americans who have gone to the polls to vote for legalization – a notable twist, given that the US economy has otherwise been rather unkind to younger workers in recent years.But some older workers, too, have made the shift into legal marijuana. In an interview with Bloomberg, 40-something Colorado resident Josh Cusack says he’s making almost $20 an hour working in a medical marijuana dispensary.That’s good but not great money. But, said Mr. Cusack, the satisfaction of helping people makes up for any pay gap, and he’s doing something he’s “passionate about.”Source: Christian Science Monitor (US)Author:  Patrik Jonsson, Staff WriterPublished: November 7, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Christian Science Publishing SocietyContact: letters csmonitor.comWebsite: URL:   -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on November 11, 2014 at 22:26:54 PT
Acts of the Apostles. Chapter 11
The Church in Antioch
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on November 10, 2014 at 04:41:29 PT
the term "Christianity did not happen for about 350 years.I meant Paul started the religion before it was called called Christian. the title came later,
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on November 09, 2014 at 10:07:40 PT
Foreigners have interesting history.
American Indians do not have a word for "evil". In my world everything is connected, a great cosmic wheel we, all and everything doth turn ed uponeth.
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Comment #4 posted by Garry Minor on November 09, 2014 at 08:26:41 PT:
runruff and PD. Christianity!
The title Messiah/Christ means literally "covered in Holy Oil, Anointed.There are 250 shekels of Kaneh Bosm, Cannabis in the Holy Oil that God instructed Moses to prepare for anointing His priests, kings and prophets.In the third century BC the Greeks mistranslated "Kaneh Bosm" as Calamus, sweet or fragrant cane. During this time Hebrew slowly ceased to be a spoken language, not revived until the 1800's, however, the Jews of Jesus' time still read the Hebrew or Aramaic version and knew the Truth!The early followers of "The Way" as they were known anointed themselves with this Holy Oil.Later, because of this practice they were called "Christians," or Anointed Ones.Through the river of time, the translation error along with the destruction of many Books and other factors, the Anointing ritual was lost!1John 2:18-29 tells us this will happen and that the antichrists have come!
The word antichrist means literally, opposite of, opposed to or against, Anointed.The bottom line is that until Sula Benet discovered the error in 1936 there was no way to become a True "Christian" for millennia.That's the problem, the church has lacked the Christ Spirit for around 1700 years and look where we are!Regardless, the interesting thing is that the Bible tells us this will happen!Stop and think, a year after Benet's discovery the most useful plant on the planet, the Mystical Tree of Life was demonized and made illegal in our modern world!Coincidence?The Gospel of Philip, one of the Books the haters thought they'd destroyed was found at Nag Hammadi Egypt in 1945.There are many references to the Mystical Chrism in this Book and many others. It says;The chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word "Chrism" that we have been called "Christians," certainly not because of the word "baptism". And it is because of the chrism that "the Christ" has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber; he merely accepted (the gift). The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven.Again it says;As long as it is hidden, wickedness is indeed ineffectual, but it has not been removed from the midst of the seed of the Holy Spirit. They are slaves of evil. But when it is revealed, then the perfect light will flow out on every one. And all those who are in it will receive the chrism. Then the slaves will be free and the captives ransomed. leaves of the Tree are for the healing of nations. No longer will there be any curse.The True Christ Cures the cancers, Heals and Reveals!The jesus of this world creates them!
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on November 08, 2014 at 08:45:41 PT
Jesus was not a Christian. 
Paul invented Christianity. Paul was a christian. Paul never met Jesus or heard him talk. He was a Joseph Smith type. So full of himself. You cannot make a science out of metaphysics because it cannot be varifiyed . The CSM is it's own punchline!
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Comment #2 posted by PatrioticDissension on November 08, 2014 at 07:45:21 PT
hold on just a sec...
Im a non-denominational Christian and my Pastor is also a college professor and when i think of the christian science monitor it reminds me of something the pastor once said "the christian science monitor is NEITHER christian nor science its B.S. and I agree
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on November 07, 2014 at 17:53:48 PT:
The Source
When this article said, "Critics also worry that a corporatized marijuana industry younger Americans in search of profits. Such concerns have...led to a slide in the polls for marijuana legalization, from 58 percent support a year ago to 51 percent now", I said, "no way". But then I looked at the source...The Christian, ah, "Science"(?), Monitor! That rag has always been against Marijuana Legalization, and it appears, even in the face of statistics, they haven't changed their stance. This is one reason why I despise organized religion.
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