With just over 40 wine-related businesses operating in Jackson County, including wineries and vineyards, the cannabis industry has surpassed its boozy rival. It’s established 37 farms and nearly 20 dispensaries now employing 439 people, 89 more than the wine industry.
“Nobody wants to be the person who has to go to court,”said Maestas “but I feel that my situation and my case was so that it was an opportunity for this to happen.”
Voters in Colorado and Washington got the legal marijuana train rolling years ago, but the states continue to increase revenue. Sales in the two states - which the report said have finally come close to plateauing - will “easily eclipse” a combined $2 billion.
"There are 34,000 Coloradans who are licensed to work in this industry, so you can imagine how dismayed everyone in Colorado was when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he was going to rescind the Cole Memo,"
"represents a major milestone for the company and the cannabis industry as a whole. It validates cannabis as an investable sector and as a legitimate and potentially sizable consumer vertical, and demonstrates the shift in attitudes towards the acceptance of cannabis."