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Recreational marijuana triggers new business ideas in San Francisco
Although the use of marijuana is still forbidden by the federal law, there has been a consistent increase in the number of U.S. states legalizing the drug for recreational purposes. Thus, if the states continue to legalize the drug, it is predicted that the recreational and medicinal usage of marijuana will rise rapidly within the next few years. Interestingly, with the approval of Proposition 64 in November last year, new avenues have opened for the people involved in cannabis sales, who are now shifting from street corners to storefronts to cash in on the lucrative business opportunity.
When it comes to San Francisco, the new wave of legalized recreational cannabis could open doors to pot-friendly hotels and outlets selling marijuana products and edibles across popular neighborhoods in the city. Interestingly, many local groceries and restaurants are now contemplating on offering a range of delectable marijuana-infused cuisine to their pot enthusiast customers. Even the taskforce, known as the San Francisco State Cannabis Legalization Task Force, created last year reported the overwhelming support for Proposition 64 in San Francisco, where 74 percent of the voters approved the legislation, higher than the statewide 54 percent, indicating that the people here are open to the ideas of new pot-related business ventures.
However, the city might face challenges in selecting the locations for drug sales, since most of the neighborhoods are against the idea of drug sales within their vicinity. But, as of now, the state authorities are not willing to issue permits in cities legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis until January 2018.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of a significant surge in the local economy, the task force has recommended hotels and other establishments to go cannabis-friendly by including specially designated spaces for tourists to consume cannabis.
Rising marijuana menace across San Francisco
San Francisco is often regarded as the pot-smoking capital of the U.S. A 2016 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that over 15 percent of San Francisco residents aged 12 years and above use marijuana on a monthly basis, which is the highest rate of marijuana use in the country. Although many Americans do not perceive marijuana as a potentially harmful drug, it continues to remain a Schedule I drug, as per the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Meanwhile, the demand for potent Californian weed is growing in Mexico, making it easy for smugglers to ship the drug through the San Ysidro Port of Entry into Tijuana. Being the hub of production and distribution of illegal drugs, the San Francisco Bay Area is under the watchful eyes of the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA), which keeps a strict vigilance on the region’s three international airports, 200 miles of shoreline, three deep-water ports, and major land borders.
Battling the menace of addiction
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana, or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The San Francisco Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 415-366-6922 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.