Craig Glazer Talks Comedy And The Hope For Marijuana Law Reform In The Midwest!!!
TKC NOTE: Craig Glazer isn't blowing smoke regarding changing attitudes and economic opportunities when it comes to the the legislative debate over marijuana law reform.
Will legal marijuana shops open in Kansas or Missouri in the near future? The answer is…I’m sure the state treasurer’s hope so. For that matter, all the state agencies who benefit from large tax endowments must be salivating just thinking about it. Funny, much of that funding would go to law enforcement and the schools…two places where marijuana is disliked and maligned. But right now, marijuana is illegal and out of bounds. Oh what a difference a few decades make. Just ask the folks in Colorado where marijuana is being legally sold in stores. There are still some federal issues to be worked out, remember, according to CNN, the state of Colorado will gross one billion dollars in just the first year of marijuana sales. Ready for this? The state is taxing the demon weed at 37 percent. Wow.
Yes, everybody and their brother want to get into the legal sale of marijuana as soon as possible. Unfortunately, like most regulated industries, you can count on a lot of red tape and corporate BS to get in the way of just anyone going into the legal weed trade. Remember this is as well, Colorado has a small population comparative to its size. With one billion dollars plus from marijuana for the state of Colorado…imagine what states like New York or California could make. It could be twenty to thirty times that amount or even more. Translation: with national legalization, you are looking at a trillion dollar a year industry.
The CNN study also mentioned an estimated increase of up to forty percent for marijuana usage in the state thus far. There has been no increase in crime, traffic fatalities or any other sinister addendums so far. Law Enforcement has noticed that people are driving a lot slower on the highways Friday and Saturday nights. Just kidding.
What do I think? Well gambling is legal in cities like Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, but in most cases you can’t just throw in some slot machines or blackjack tables at your store or home. Unfortunately, this will be the case with marijuana sales. In the end it will be big corporations controlling sale of the product.
According to the report I saw, a large portion of the highly powerful buds are being drained of the oil and used in cigarettes and food products. Like all of us, I find this new era quite interesting and yet again sad. When I think about all the young people who spent years in prison and jails nationwide just for using or selling a small amount of weed, it turns my stomach. Worse yet, all the murders and border wars between the United States and Mexico over their tons and tons of dirt weed. Now, you have to ask yourself what was that all about?
Even though I think people should be able to smoke marijuana recreationally and would agree that regular use of alcohol is much more dangerous for the obvious reasons, the daily use of marijuana does have issues. For the average person, it does seem to stifle their motivation and their desires to accomplish goals. It does tend to slow you down. Ask Dwayne Bowe or Dante Hall. Kinda kidding. Time will tell.
Talented Aussie and the UK’s Next Big Thing At Stanford and Sons This Week: Felicity Ward
Stanford and Sons in Kansas City has a reputation for helping to develop young comedy stars both nationally and internationally. You know the old saying, if it plays in the Mid-West, it will play anywhere. Stanfords is unique in that our weekly headliners are invited on so many regional television and radio shows. Our celebrities regularly appear on 98.9 The Rock, 93.3 The Mix, Q104, Alice 102, 610 Sports, KMBZ, Channel 41, Fox and KCTV. Over the years we’ve been on 101 The Fox, KCMO, The Vibe, Hot Jamz 103 just to name a few. No other city in America has that much press coverage in just one week.
With all that in mind, it has been a gateway for new up and coming talent to practice their craft on live media for the public. Recently Stanford’s has helped groom new big names like Jim Jeffries, TJ Miller, Colin Kane, Erik Griffin and more. The people who brought you Jim Jeffries from Australia via the UK this week will introduce you to Felicity Ward. Ward is also from Australia but lives and works in England.
Felicity has already appeared in multiple television shows in Australia and on the BBC in England performing with the likes of Jeffries and Eddie Izzard. Felicity has had two TV series; one in Australia, very much like ‘The Office’ and her latest is an English version of ‘Saturday Night Live’. Felicity has been compared to a naughty version of America’s own Ellen DeGeneres.
Felicity was asked if she would like to have children, “I’d love to have some little kids, but I just can’t talk them into getting into my car. I’m teasing. I don’t even have a driver’s license.” Felicity is slim, trim and has that heavy Australian accent that Americans just love. Jim Jeffries did his first full headlining week at Stanford’s. This will be Felicity’s first full week as a headliner at an American comedy club. Like Jim Jeffries, we expect to see her with her own TV show and headlining theaters in the near future. Come see this amazing young talent at Stanford and Sons this weekend. Show times are 7:45 and 9:45 pm nightly Friday and Saturday. Call (913)400-7500 or go online to stanfordscomedyclub.com for tickets and more information.