Medical use is legal in 37 states, while non-medical use is legal in 18 states.
At the federal level, cannabis is classified as an illegal drug with a high potential for developing addiction.
US authorities point to the risk of reduced IQ when used at a young age, mental health, driving, pregnancy and that people who use marijuana are more likely to have relational problems, poorer academic results and reduced quality of life.
Kilder: National Conference for State Legislatures, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Sun Roots spend only one percent of their land on drug cultivation.
– But cannabis sells more than ordinary products. Peppers and lettuce will give you a few dollars, while cannabis potentially gives you hundreds. But those days are over, says Vargas de Gauder.
Without cannabis, the couple’s business model looks completely different.
– We have had good years that keep us up now. But if we have a few more bad years, I’m afraid it’s the end of it all, she says.
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