To some 2,500 jobs might not seem like a lot, but if you’re one of those 2,500 people now unemployed for no reason in a down economy in California, it’s a very big deal.

According to estimates, since the announcement of the federal medical marijuana crackdown in California in late September, some 2,500 jobs have been lost by dispensary employees and others tied to the medical cannabis industry.

In some of the dispensaries closed in San Francisco, employees were making $18 and $20 an hour. Now they make zero.

This is in addition to the tax revenue lost to the state. One of the closed dispensaries – Divinity Tree – say they never paid less than $200,000 a year in taxes.

On top of all that, many of the still-open dispensaries are cancelling their advertising, further depressing the economy.

Federal officials can try to talk about how they are standing up for people and families, but all they are really doing is destroying jobs. Barack Obama was elected to create jobs, and three years later, the country still awaits.

Those who voted for him certainly didn’t foresee him wiping out jobs on purpose.

Joe Klare

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