420 with CNW – Florida House Panel Turns to Oregon for Lessons on Recreational Marijuana

420 with CNW – Florida House Panel Turns to Oregon for Lessons on Recreational Marijuana

There is a strong possibility of putting recreational marijuana legalization on the 2020 ballot in Florida and this has prompted the House panel to turn to Oregon to learn about the economic, environmental, and other changes that have occurred since the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2015. The executive director of the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Chris Gibson, told the House panel (House Health & Human Services Committee) that there has been an increase in tax revenue. The state has also experienced a rise in illicit use of drugs and that currently, Oregon is dealing with marijuana overproduction. Gibson also told the panel that currently, the state has enough marijuana to meet the demand of consumers within Oregon for the next six-and-a-half years. Gibson further said that due to the excessive supply of weed to the recreational market, it is believed to be servicing the black market sales in other states such as Florida. He also noted that some legal businesses are exporting marijuana out of state, which is considered illegal. Although he refused to comment on whether marijuana is being used as a scapegoat for illicit drugs, he said that in the last five years, Oregon has reported…

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