I hate to break it to those of you who are still fans of marijuana prohibition: The end is nigh.
And not because there are a million stoners planning a march on Washington to demand action, (and there are way too many easy jokes to be made in this context). No, the reason that marijuana’s national prohibition is on the ropes has to do with our government’s horrendous handling of the drug wars, combined with our new national knowledge about the once-excoriated drug.
In other words, we goofed last time and used a bunch of racist propaganda to outlaw a plant that is saving the lives of children with epilepsy, and helping to curb the rampant opioid epidemic in our nation.
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Case in point: After recent news about a bid by Coca Cola to step into the pot-soda market, Pepsi is following suit.
PepsiCo on Tuesday joined the growing list of big companies to confirm potential interest in making drinks with cannabis.
Hugh Johnston, chief financial officer of the soda and snacks giant, acknowledged the company’s interest in an interview with CNBC.
“We will look at it very critically,” Johnston said of cannabis on an interview with CNBC.
“But I am not prepared to share any plans that we may have in the space right now.”
Johnston noted that cannabis is still illegal under federal law throughout the United States, even though some states have legalized it. But he said the company would “turn over every stone to look for growth.”
The news comes as protesters stormed into a GOP representative’s office today, smoking marijuana, to demand a more modern outlook on the subject.
2 arrested in Longworth for opioid overdose crisis die-in and smoke-in outside Andy Harris DC office. Andy refused to meet constituents about cannabis. @DCMJ2014 @MDMJ2018 @aeidinger pic.twitter.com/VMF29aHaB1
— @rvltn (@rvltn) October 2, 2018