The law of unintended consequences looks to be in force in the marijuana industry, where businesses that expect booming demand from marijuana users are among the opponents of legalization, while those who are pioneering the industry may be crushed by the more liberal laws they favor. The picture of risk and opportunity is a swirl of incongruities.
It seems logical enough when proponents of legalization say that their opponents are acting out of economic self-interest. “The two biggest opponents we tend to see are folks in law enforcement and people within drug treatment and drug testing. Both of them stand to lose economically,“ said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, in an interview. MPP is a political action organization whose website envisions “a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol.”
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