I was wondering about this. Colorado and Washington voted for recreational marijuana, but it’s still illegal at the federal level.
A DEA spokesman lays it out: “In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time.”
Seems like two states just stepped on the gas and took this unavoidable game of chicken to the next level. I don’t have a personal dog in this hunt, but the way this is playing out is utterly fascinating.
Next Nature writes:
Anheuser-Busch, parent company of the American beer brand Budweiser, has been canning water for victims of the disaster. The company temporarily converted one of its manufacturing facilities from churning out bland beer to life-giving water. The result is uncanny: A beer can with the familiar eagle logo of Budweiser, now filled with essential, non-alcoholic water. In a world where corporations often have more power than governments, it is not surprising that in times of crisis they respond faster than “official” organizations, and are better equipped to do so.
Big beverage companies have always-on logistical pipelines much better equipped to deliver water aide than ad-hoc government systems, and such efforts are a canny use of local marketing budgets.
One day I’ll write out some longer thoughts regarding relief marketing. It’s a tangled subject.
*No word on whether anyone noticed a taste difference. (Via NextNature.net)