‘Black Lives Matter” became the cry of the people after law enforcement officers shot and killed two people for no clear reason. One of the people killed by police was a young woman named Breonna Taylor. Ms. Taylor was in her home when the police forcefully entered her home and shot her. She had no weapon and was not involved in illegal activity according to sources. The young woman’s mother described her plans to attend nursing school.
The other person killed by law enforcement was a man named George Floyd. He was pinned on the floor when the officer crushed the back of his neck with a knee. The man was in handcuffs and posed no threat to the officer.
Riots are breaking out in the larger cities. Over the weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, several riots broke out after a video of a young black man being shot by the police was released on social media. The man was running away (with the officer’s taser) when the officer shot the man in the back. The community responded by burning the nearby Wendy’s restaurant to the ground.
Remove Police Funding
The Black Lives Matter movement is calling for a removal of funding for law enforcement. A removal of funding is one of the more civil responses proposed. The removed funding will go towards measures to counterbalance police brutality. And cities like Portland, Oregon are responding.
Portland’s city council is taking action against police brutality by voting to remove tax money collected from cannabis sales. The funds will be transferred to a restorative justice program.
Cannabis related arrests disproportionately affect more minorities. In a 2020 study done by the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks in America were on average 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for illegal cannabis possession than whites. In some states, like Georgia that ratio increases dramatically to 6, 8, even 10 times more likely. While certain places have it worse than others, racial disparities are happening all over the country.
That’s why cannabis funds are being voted out of police budgets in places like Portland.
A 2019 report from the Portland City Auditor, shows 79% of marijuana tax revenue goes to public safety. The Portland Police Department gets about 45% of the total marijuana tax revenue.
The initial vote to remove marijuana tax revenue from the Portland Police Department passed without objection on Thursday. A second reading will need to happen before the funds are removed.
Portland leads the quest to limit police by monetary power. But isn’t it time for the U.S. federal government to take notice? The people want less unchecked police power. They want cannabis to be legal. And most of all they want to exercise their right to freedom.
Legalizing cannabis is one big step towards a more peaceful nation.
Colombia Gets Ready for Cannabis Success
If you asked a random person in the 1980’s “what export comes from Colombia” they’d likely reply, “cocaine.” Fast forward four decades and the Colombia you’ll see is working hard to turn the image around.
Now the country is a giant in the export of cut flowers and coffee. And given a few more years the country has plans to be the world’s largest exporter of wholesale cannabis. Yes, all fully and completely legal.
The Colombian government is taking extreme precautions to develop the cannabis export industry. Strict laws and regulations are in place to ensure success. As they should.
Colombia’s ability to grow cannabis is nearly limitless. Several key factors make cannabis production so easy for Colombia. These include:
The geographical positioning
Colombia is bordered by both the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the North. It sits directly above Ecuador and Peru and to the west of Venezuela and Brazil. The Andes mountain range runs almost entirely through the western-central part of the country. Its unique geographical position allows for a range of varying climates. Rich soil and good climates are ideal for the mass production of many cannabis strains.
The range of climate
Columbia is located in the arid zone between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. In the high altitudes of the Andes mountains, (above 3048 ft), the temperature ranges from -18 degrees C to 13 degrees C.
In the valleys and low regions, the climate is considered arid. There the temperatures range from 24 degrees C to 27 degrees C.
The regions located between 455m and 2,285m above sea level are considered subtropical. The regions located at 2,285m and 3,048m, are considered temperate.
Each cannabis strain has a climate where it grows best. This multitude of climates makes Colombia an ideal country to grow a variety of stains.
12 hours of daylight
The country sits along the equator. Because of this, Colombia experiences a 12-hour natural photoperiod all year round. A consistent 12 hours of daylight make Colombia an ideal growing environment.
The labour force
This factor of Colombia is often overlooked but extremely important. Colombia is a mass producer of agricultural products. Cut flowers, coffee, bananas, and illegal cannabis are grown there. The workforce tending to these crops has experience and knowledge in agricultural products. They can be relied upon for the mass production and cultivation of cannabis.
The cost of living in Colombia is 61.50% lower than the United States. Colombian agricultural labor is less expensive than other countries and highly skilled. The low costs of experienced labor means more cannabis production with less expense. than the United States or Canada.
Cannabis is produced in Colombia for $0.10 USD to $0.40 per gram. In Canada, it costs between $1.00 and $2.00 per gram. Columbian cannabis production costs are much lower than Canada and the United States.
Low costs and high production drive companies to invest in Colombian cannabis production. The stage is set for Colombia to succeed in the effort to become the world’s top producer of cannabis.
Stringent licensing process
Colombian officials recognize the opportunity. The country aims to be the biggest producer of cannabis. Also Colombian lawmakers are developing the system to support this goal.
Strict regulations and laws ensure the country can mass-produce cannabis for export to places such as the EU, Canada, and the United States when permitted.
To some investors, these laws are blockades. They interfere with the rapid development of the Colombian cannabis industry. But these investors undervalue the strength of a strong system.
The Colombian government requires cannabis producers to get licenses and inspections before starting. Licenses and inspections certify every growing operation is legal and up to standard.
The licenses and regulations guarantee a product that is up to export standards. Colombia is focused on growing the Colombian cannabis industry in a sustainable way. They want a profitable long term cannabis industry, not one that’s there for today and gone tomorrow. A strict licensing process is a good thing for export markets and consumers.
Flowers, coffee, and bananas
Colombia is no stranger to growing a successful legal export industry. They’ve been successful at cut flowers, coffee and bananas. Colombia ranks in the global export markets at #2 for cut flowers, #3 for coffee, and #5 for bananas. But these export products didn’t rise to the top overnight.
Colombia learned to be at the top, when it comes to agricultural exports, it takes time. It took cut flowers more than ten years to develop into the $1.5 billion industry it is today.
Cannabis exports are sure to follow a similar path. It’s going to take time, but in the years ahead, Colombians will see their patience with cannabis exports pay off big time.