For now, prices are expected to be high ($80 for an eighth) and like other states that have legalized it, will probably begin to even out eventually. Spacing out in front of the slot machines is going to be even more of a thing now—all those flashing lights are so much more fun to look at high. The opioid epidemic is out of control: a study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found that opioid use has increased 500 percent in the past seven years, which is fucking insane. There’s also Fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50-100 times stronger than heroin, that has been causing an alarmingly high rate of these overdose deaths—and is so powerful that police and first responders are being warned to wear protective gear when dealing with overdose victims. Meanwhile, a UN report showed that cannabis has not caused one single fatal overdose death, and another study found that 93 percent of patients prefer cannabis over opioids for managing their pain. Keep in mind that opioid addiction increases with longer prescriptions lasts; one in five patients with a 10-day prescription will become addicted to opiates. Ever the safe, responsible country, Canada has released a guide to “lower risk” cannabis use in regards to health prior to their legalizing it, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect: smoking Marijuana Stocks is bad, dabbing is worse, edibles are great, high THC is not so good, CBD is better. More takeaways from Leafly’s David Schmader are here . The money kind. The Stranger’s Lester Black talked to the organizers of Hempfest about how and why the festival, now in its 26th year, has been shrinking in recent years, and wonders if “cannabis culture is capable of supporting the country’s oldest pot festival.” The cannabis industry boasts 165,000-230,000 full and part-time employees, now surpassing dental hygienists, bakers, and massage therapists! Soon, that number will eclipse pharmacists and telemarketers, too!