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The High-Times Are Changing

It wasn’t so long ago when marijuana was not only illegal to sell, but illegal to possess, in all 50 states across the U.S. This was despite the sheer amount of research that pointed to the medicinal benefits of cannabis.  Though many states have legalized medical dispensaries, many more have not. But, with the advent of local governments desperately in need of new revenue streams, there has now been a major push nationwide to legalize marijuana possession, and to allow dispensaries to sell to authorized patients with medical cards.

What many may not be aware of is that pot has been legal for far longer than it was ever deemed illegal. As a matter of fact, it’s been illegal for less than 1% of the time that its been in use. The first known usage goes back before 7,000 B.C.E. The Marijuana (hemp) plant has many applications.  The earliest worn fabric was made of hemp, and over the centuries the plant has been used for food, incense, cloth, rope and more. In regards to the U.S., the plant had been in domestic use since the 1600’s, but did not become known as a recreational drug until the early 1900’s.

In fact, America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law that ordered all farmers to grow Indian hempseed, because of its versatility. Several more “must grow” laws were introduced in the next 200 years. There was a time when one could be jailed for NOT growing hemp during times of supply shortages in Virginia between 1763 and 1767, and during most of that time, hemp was considered legal tender. One could pay their taxes with hemp! The U.S. census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp plantations that grew cannabis.  

Today, government and citizen interests are aligning again in terms of the uses that marijuana can bring. Not only in regards to its medical benefits, but most especially the financial rewards for overextended state governments with dwindling budgets.  In 2006, 60% of the population believed that marijuana should be illegal, compared to the 32% who supported legalization. Since then, a lot had changed.  A Pew Research Center survey from October of 2016 showed that 57% of Americans now believe marijuana should be legalized, compared to the 37% who think it should remain illegal. Hopefully, it will only be a matter of time before lawmakers are able to legalize dispensaries nationwide — which will create a boon of industry and new streams of tax revenue.

What dispensaries will need then, just like now, is organizational software to hit the ground running, moving supplies to those who need it most and fast. That’s why 420 Software has designed special applications to help dispensaries manage medical marijuana inventory with ease. Helping to increase profits and sharpen organizational capabilities. 420 Software is specially built by dispensary owners for dispensary owners. If you are looking to start a dispensary, or already have one and want to improve its efficiency, click here for more information, and watch your business grow: