420 with CNW – Why the Marijuana Black Market Still Persists in California

June 16, 2020 03:25:42

California is one of the best examples of just how much a state-legal marijuana program can achieve if it’s done right. The state has been at the forefront of the efforts to legalize cannabis in the U.S., with the country’s first ballot initiative to legalize marijuana taking place in California in 1972. Although the measure was unsuccessful, California was still the first state to allow medical cannabis in 1996, and recreational marijuana has been legal in the state since 2016.

The recreational program has been especially successful, generating over $1 billion in tax revenue after just two years of operation. These funds have gone towards environmental initiatives like wild-land restoration and park maintenance, childcare and anti-drug programs, and safety grants for fire departments and local police. However, despite all the good it has done, more people prefer…


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