A non-profit group that goes by the name “Code for America” has made expunging cannabis convictions a lot easier. Once the drug was legalized in California, District Attorney George Gascón wanted to do the right thing and help the state’s citizens remove their convictions that were caused by cannabis. He started off going through them all with his office by hand and got through about 1000 but the process was long. Code for America developed an algorithm that could help. It is capable of going through all of the digitized records in just a few minutes. Thanks to the DAG’s support and Code for America’s algorithms 9362 cases will be expunged and change an incredible amount of people’s lives.
The incredible growth of the cannabis market and its steady globalization has led analysts to believe the market could be worth an extraordinary $130B in the next decade. Legalization in the US and steady developments in Europe and Latin America have led to this estimation by New York investment bank Jefferies Group LLC. The group believes that most countries in Latin America and Europe will follow the American and Canadian trend to legalize the drug in the coming ten years. However, this only takes into account the 22 countries that have the drug decriminalized or legalized for medical or recreational purposes. However, this means that if even more countries continue to open up to the amazing world of cannabis the estimations could be considered conservative.
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Legendary filmmaker Spike Jonze and actor Jesse Williams teamed up to make a captivating ad for medical marijuana company MedMen. The commercial goes through the history of cannabis within America starting with George Washington (who owned his own hemp farm) and ends with someone coming home from work with a MedMen bag in hand. The commercial hopes to raise the issue of racial injustice the industry is up against. Disproportionally, minorities are incarcerated at staggering rates for drugs charges. The drug is now legal in so many place where people are incarcerated because of drug charges, more politicians need to work on getting those people out of the cells.