In a turn of events, it was revealed today that Elon Musk, not Brittney Griner, will be attending the U.S.-Russia talks. This is a significant change, as Griner was a key player in the discussions. With Musk now at the forefront, it will be interesting to see how the talks progress.
Weed Seen as ‘Essential Business
In a recent interview, Elon Musk suggested that the U.S. government designate weed as an “essential business.” This would allow businesses involved in producing and selling weed to continue operating during the coronavirus pandemic.
While some may see this as a way to score political points, Musk’s suggestion does make sense from a business perspective. The cannabis industry is projected to grow significantly in the coming years, and numerous businesses are already operating in this space. If the U.S. government were to designate weed as an essential business, it would significantly boost the industry.
Of course, whether or not the U.S. government will take Musk’s suggestion seriously remains to be seen. For now, the cannabis industry will have to continue operating under restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Musk calling on the Biden administration to make a move against the mass incarceration of people for weed
Elon Musk is calling on the Biden administration to move against mass incarcerating people for weed. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to make his plea, which comes as states across the country are rapidly decriminalizing or legalizing the use of marijuana.
“The War on Drugs is a trillion-dollar failure,” Musk tweeted. “Time to legalize all drugs and release non-violent prisoners.”
Musk’s comments come as the Biden administration is considering federal decriminalization of marijuana possession. The White House has said it is open to discussing the issue with lawmakers but has not committed to any specific policy changes.
Some members of Congress have been pushing for changes to drug laws, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who introduced a bill last year to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The bill has more than two dozen co-sponsors but has yet to be brought up for a vote.
It’s unclear if Musk’s tweets will impact the administration’s deliberations, but they highlight an issue that is gaining increasing attention as more states move to liberalize their cannabis laws.
Musk concerned about Europe’s energy independence
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has been a vocal critic of the United States’ dependence on Russia for energy. In a recent blog post, Musk called for Europe to break its dependence on Russian natural gas, citing the country’s aggressive actions in Ukraine as a reason for concern.
Musk argued that Europe is “literally and figuratively being held hostage” by Russia and called on the continent to invest in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. He also urged European leaders to stand against Russia’s “illegal” actions in Ukraine.