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"Eventually, we would like to send every prisoner $500 a month and give them a few grand when they get released, so they have a cushion while they look for work. No one should ever go to jail for weed. It's a no-brainer."
"It's quite mainstream and quite easy to access, particularly when I compare this to Canada or the U.S., where we still don't have retail pharmacies that dispense the product," says Deepak Anand. "Germany is ahead of the rest of the world."
"There is no clear indication" that a cannabis reform ballot initiative helps one party or the other, said Matthew Schweich, deputy director with Marijuana Policy Project.
Vincent Sliwoski, a managing partner at law firm Harris Bricken, says Harris is more progressive on cannabis reform-now, at least-than Biden ever was.
"We grew over 700 percent in order volume through the pandemic, and had a huge adoption of retailers showing interest and wanting to sign onto our platform," Dutchie CEO Ross Lipson says.
"You can't kind of engineer your way out of this," Evan Mills said. "There's an alternative, which is growing it outside."
Cannabis retailers are charging between $1,000 and about $50,000 for prime shelf real estate, according to various reports. This development has boutique brands worried.
Amid the pandemic, one expert said the industry needs a robust online presence. At the moment, fewer people see cannabis billboards and companies can't set up booths at conferences and events.
"It would blow your mind, how many dispensaries there are just in this town. Every other building is a dispensary," says Daniel Lewis, CEO of the Cowboy Cup. "How those guys are all making money, I don't know."
Marijuana Policy Project's Steven Hawkins, who has held senior roles at Amnesty International and the NAACP, emphasizes legalization as a "civil rights issue."
One cannabis storefront's executives reported that, at $100,000 a day, sales were only half of what they had been before the lockdown.
A prominent attorney discusses how major corporations view the marijuana industry.