While at the Federal Level, cannabis remains illegal, and experts have noted that Donald Trump is no friend of cannabis , business is blossoming, as bold investors and entrepreneurs look for an opportunity in this blooming industry. In this article, we will examine some other interesting initiatives in the field. Constellation High Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ ), one of the alcoholic beverages producers of the US responsible for Corona beer and Svedka vodka, recently announced it was considering a venture in the legal cannabis industry. “There are going to be alcoholic beverages that will also contain cannabis, CEO Rob Sands declared in a recent interview. Why wouldn’t big business, so to speak, be acutely interested in a category of that magnitude? (…) If there’s a lot of money involved, it’s not going to be left to small mom-and-pops,” he added. Maybe the whole thing will work out synergistically, Sands concluded, discussing weed and alcohol consumption and cannibalization. Could other beverages producers like Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (NYSE: BUD ), Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE: DEO ), Boston Beer Company Inc (NYSE: SAM ) or Craft Brew Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: BREW ) follow suit? One Step Ahead While Constellation Brands considers its options in the marijuana drinks space, Dixie Brands is already making money. This Denver-based company makes not only drinks, but also other marijuana-infused products like chocolates and lotions, and is looking to expand beyond its Colorado market, now that recreational cannabis is legal in other large states like California.
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During Thursday’s Facebook Live chat, the HRC team addressed a number questions related to military service, “religious freedom” bills, hate crime protections and other topics related to anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Military Service David Stacy, of HRC, said the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is “exceedingly unlikely.” “One of the reasons is, openly LGB service in the military has been phenomenally successful The military leadership of our country feels good about it,” he explained. “Transgender military service has just begun, and I think that is a little more at risk But once the military starts to implement something, it takes a lot of energy to change course,” Stacy added. Hate Crimes As for criminal justice, HRC’s Warbelow said it is unlikely Trump and Pence would overturn the Hate Crimes Prevention Act , but she did add the new Department of Justice leadership may not pursue hate crime investigations as fiercely as the Obama administration has. Discrimination Vice President-elect Mike Pence told evangelical radio host Dr. http://tapethoughtvkj.bravesites.com/entries/general/an-updated-intro-to-critical-criteria-in-career-for-national-health-serviceJames Dobson on Wednesday that “The Trump-Pence administration will be dedicated to preserving the freedom of religion that’s enshrined in our Bill of Rights.” Pence issued the phrase in response to questions about whether his administration would work to make sure religious businesses don’t have to cover birth control for employees, but critics note “religious freedom” bills can result in discrimination against LGBTQ people . http://peytonharrisonshare.pca-plus.com/2016/08/06/background-answers-for-common-sense-curriculum-vitae-plansAs far as legal protection from discrimination, HRC’s Warbelow reminded Facebook Live viewers that there’s still no federal anti-discrimination clause protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in public facilities. But many states and cities do have anti-discrimination laws in place that specify sexual orientation and gender identitythose will most likely not be affected by the new administration. RELATED: Anti-Trump Protesters Fear Rollback of LGBTQ Rights However, existing routes for gaining recourse when employment and housing discrimination occur may be altered. “What will likely happen with this new administration is that they will not enforce those laws in the same way as President Obama’s administration,” Warbelow explained. “The Department of Justice, the EEOC, the Department of Labor will not as robustly enforce and they will unfortunately turn their back on the LGBT communitybut people still can have legal recourse and file those complaints.” Parenthood During Thursday’s Facebook Live conversation, the HRC staff suggested same-sex parents make sure that adoption papers and birth certificates for their children are intact with names of both parents, just to be cautious.
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