Canadians spending billions on black market marijuana

Marijuana money flow is one of the many things Canada’s national statistical agency monitors. When researchers dove into the numbers of the fourth quarter of 2018, they found that Canadians doled out nearly six billion Canadian dollars on cannabis. Perhaps the most noteworthy finding is that nearly 80 percent of that money was spent in the illegal market. Seems like government officials have quite a bit of work to do on improving the country’s legal marijuana program.

Swapping tobacco for hemp in Kentucky

Kentucky’s history of hemp cultivation goes back centuries. However, after laws classified hemp as a narcotic and made it illegal to grow without a permit from the Drug Enforcement Administration, hemp production in the state sharply declined. Now that growing hemp is legal again, Kentucky farmers are shifting away from tobacco cultivation and embracing hemp. Learn more about this transformation here.

NFL player quits over league’s drug policy

David Irving, former defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, is fed up with the NFL’s stance on marijuana. After being suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Irving used Instagram Live to announce that he’s quitting the game. He also toked up during the video and brought up the NFL’s fondness for opiates. More power to you, Mr. Irving.

Facebook may become more marijuana-friendly

Cannabis companies are accustomed to having their Facebook pages randomly and unceremoniously deleted, but this might be changing. Word on the street is that Facebook officials are considering loosening the site’s restrictions around marijuana-related pages. Get the details here.

Legal cannabis creates jobs

The legal marijuana industry has generated thousands of new jobs. Of the 211,000 cannabis jobs across the United States, over 64,000 were added in 2018. This number is expected to grow even more in 2019. Cannabis, the great job creator.