Marijuana 101: Welcome to America’s Cannabis Classes

It’s a rare education seminar that includes this shot across the bow: “Everything and anything we’re talking about today is federally illegal—there is no grey area.”

Yet that’s the warning that course facilitator Doug Porter issued to the dozen students attending a one-day workshop held by the Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) at a Baltimore airport hotel on a recent rainy Saturday. “I don’t want you to be negged out by this,” he said. “If you’re crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s, chances are you’ll never spend a day in jail.”

Welcome to America’s (sort of) legal marijuana business—the fastest growing industry in the U.S., showing 74 per cent market growth in 2014, to $2.7 billion. Medical cannabis is now legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Nine others have legislation pending and four states, along with D.C., allow for its recreational use.

In 2014, Maryland’s state legislature decriminalized possession of small amounts of the drug and updated the state’s medical marijuana law to allow for state-licensed commercial growing operations and dispensaries. (Minnesota and New York also brought in new medical marijuana laws last year.)

– Read the entire article at Maclean’s Magazine.