Will Pot Ever Be Legal In New York City?

At present, pot is illegal in New York City, however, if Senator Liz Krueger has her way, it will soon be legal. There are many politicians and marijuana advocacy groups who are lobbying to have marijuana become legal in New York City.

According to the proposal and The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act or MRTA, marijuana would be regulated in much the same fashion as alcohol is regulated, according to Cramp Law Firm, an estate planning firm in San Antonio.

If the bill passes, marijuana would be legal for anyone who is over the legal age of 21. They could purchase up to two ounces of marijuana. Anyone who is over the age of 18 would be allowed to possess it and they would be assessed a tax of $50 per ounce.

According to the bill, individuals could also grow up to six pot plants in their own homes for their own personal use. It’s become clear that the prohibition of marijuana is working just about as well as the prohibition era of alcohol worked.

Regardless of how you look at the situation, it’s not working. Senator Krueger said that the illegal industry of marijuana is alive and well and thriving. If that’s the case, why not change the laws and make it so that it’s legal and allow the states

These laws are branding younger New Yorkers are criminals and creating a cycle that ruins their lives and costs taxpayers money in the court system. According to Senator Krueger, this has created a Civil Rights Disaster.

According to Senator Krueger, it would save prisons a lot of money and it would save the police a lot of time that is wasted on dealing with something that should be legal anyway. This could free up the court system for more serious crimes and it could free up the police department for more serious issues that need to be dealt with.

If marijuana were treated with the same laws that alcohol is treated with, it would save taxpayers, police, and the court systems a lot of time and money and it would keep a lot of innocent New Yorkers from having a serious brand on their names.

This, in turn, could help more New Yorkers to retain their jobs and not have to worry about disclosing a police record when they apply for jobs. If Senator Krueger gets the bill passed, New York could soon join Oregon, Washington, Washington D.C., and Colorado in the realm of legal marijuana.

Open Marijuana Bars At Weddings

According to Bloomberg, many people are choosing to serve weed over alcohol at their weddings, open bars are a huge hit and the cost of weed vs the cost of alcohol is considerably cheaper.

According to Bloomberg, the typical bud bar is hosted for approximately $300 and lasts for about 2 hours. This includes all of the marijuana, vaping equipment, edibles, a few cocktails and more. Bongs and more can also be added into the mix as couples are allowed to choose the items for the bud bar.

At present, marijuana is legal in the following states, Alaska, Colorado, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, and Washington State and Washington D.C.

For these states, a bud bar would be perfectly legal however, it is vital to keep in mind that only those who are over the age of 21 would be allowed to partake of the bud bar. For this reason, there should be some discretion on who is managing the bud bar.

As more states are allowing cannabis to be legal, more states are anticipated to follow suit in the near future and change from offering an open bar to a bud bar at weddings.

When asked about the prospect of marijuana at weddings, many attendees have made it clear that they think this is a great idea.

In many weddings, the alcohol flows freely and there is little difference in many attendees minds as to which is more intoxicating alcohol or marijuana.

Clearly, many are on the fence regarding the idea and those who are openly opposing the idea are sure to be disagreeing about the alcohol as well.

In most instances, both will be at the wedding. Alcohol and a bud bar aren’t unheard of when it comes to weddings and the fact that it’s legal simply takes it out of the closet and brings it into the reception where many people are already using it anyway.

Why not combine the two and allow attendees to enjoy the reception without the threat of jail or serious fines? As long as minors aren’t partaking of the product there should be no reason that marijuana bars should be avoided at weddings.

Guest can be told ahead of time that there will be a marijuana bar open and what the hours are. If the guest isn’t interested, they can leave before the marijuana bar opens after they wish the couple their best.

Famous People Who Have Used Marijuana

Although Marijuana is illegal, that has not stopped some very famous people from admitting that they tend to take a toke of tea stick. Believe it or not, even former Presidents of The United States have admitted to and continue to do smoke this substance, which is surprising, considering that it’s not legalized federally.

Here’s a list of some famous people who have used marijuana and what they had to say about it:

  1. Barak Obama – “When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently.”
  2. Oprah Winfrey – in response to when the last time she smoked pot “Uh… 1982”
  3. Bill Clinton – “I experimented with marijuana a time or two”
  4. Stephen Colbert – “I smoked a lot of pot.”
  5. Jon Stewart – “Do you know how many movies I wrote high?”
  6. Jay Z – “I smoked some weed, that’s how I finished Izzo”
  7. Bill Maher – “Look, I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana about 50,000 times.”
  8. Rush Limbaugh – “I wouldn’t have been able to make it through hundreds of shows if it weren’t for the benefits of medical marijuana”
  9. Michael Bloomberg – “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.”
  10. Lady Gaga – “I smoke a lot of pot when I write music.”
  11. Jennifer Aniston – “I enjoy it once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn’t call myself a pot head.”
  12. Morgan Freeman – “Never give up the ganja.”
  13. Martha Stewart – “Of course I know how to roll a joint.”
  14. Matt Damon – “The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and step-father.”
  15. Robert Downey Jr. – “I started smoking weed at age 8.”

There’s definitely more celebrities who are known for their pot movies such as Seth Rogen and James Franco. And obviously, there are rappers who are known for heavy marijuana users like Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre. This is a list put together by Watch Mojo.

Who are your favorite celebrity marijuana users?

The Emergence of Marijuana in Everyday Life

It seems like just yesterday that there were music videos with heavy marijuana references from talents like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Sublime, and many others were popping up on channels like MTV. Fast forward a few more years and these videos are all over YouTube. Fast forward a few more years and marijuana has been legally allowed for recreational use in eight (8) states and Washington D.C. and allowed for medical use in twentythree (23) states, including D.C. Let’s be honest, some of us may have joked about Snoop Dogg one day being able to sell his own line of cannabis and cannabis related products, but who would’ve thought that it would really be a reality? It’s only July of 2017, and the cannabis industry still feels like and industry that has exponential room for growth. I’m very excited to see how the industry continues to evolve over the next 5 to 10 years, and even beyond. I hope you guys are too!