Before the whole legalization process, big beer companies were concerned that legalizing marijuana directly jeopardizes the beer sales. There was a common misconception about beer and marijuana not being able to coexist on the market. However, it was a wrong prediction.
The beer industry was concerned that they would be sent into a rapid decline by people who chose weed over a beer. In one of their reports, they’ve stated –
“At first sight, one would regard marijuana and alcohol in general as clear rivals and that every extra dollar spent on weed meant a dollar less on booze.”
However, instead of a downfall, they saw an uptick in beer consumption in states where the medical and recreational use of marijuana is allowed. The beer consumption dropped 0.6% in the three years before legalization. However, it rose 0.1% three years after.
After this research was conducted the same beer industry stated –
“Beer and weed are complements rather than substitutes.”
There are a few ideas about why did the consumption of beer rise instead of dropping drastically. One of the theories is that the users of marijuana simply have more money in their pockets to spend on beer because of the fall in price per gram, since the legalization. This drop is mainly because the black market got weakened and marijuana got taxed.
There is a great example of how marijuana and beer overlap in modern culture. The police raided an event ten years ago which was organized by the Lagunitas beer brand. At which marijuana consumption was trivial and practiced. The company later produced a new brand of beer to pay tribute to the event. While their annual production numbers still make a reference to the number 420.
“One does not need to look far into popular culture to see that beer and weed cultures can be highly complementary,”
Other industries are expected to enter the market such as Domino Pizza, Chipotle, Frito Lay, and more. They are likely to benefit from making food containing a percentage of THC.
Many people are viewing this particular move as a great leap backward in Bangladesh’s campaign for reducing child marriage. It the parliament approves the law changes; girls below 18 would be eligible for marriage in “special cases.” However, the biggest problem is that no one defined these “special cases” in the law proposal. Experts are concerned that this would increase the risk of early pregnancy, domestic violence, and even rape.
Despite the law that was voted decades ago which bans marriage for girls under 18 and men under 21, the nation has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. The parliament is expected to revise the offered change during the next session which will begin on 22nd January. Although Bangladesh managed to reduce child marriages significantly in the past few years, this sudden change could severely jeopardize the statistics and become a giant step backward.
The spokesperson for the organization named Girls Not Brides, which is a coalition of over 650 charities said –
“We have worked with thousands of girls who have been pulled out of education, married off early, bear the scars of early pregnancy, and forced to marry their abusers. This is simply unacceptable.”
We can see that despite the great efforts of the officials to put an end to it, the conservative tradition doesn’t simply die off overnight.
However, as far as the “special cases” go, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that exceptions could be made in cases of accidental pregnancy, or protecting the “honor” of the girl and her family’s reputation.
For instance, in 2011, 32% of girls under 18 were engaged to be married. If we compare the data with the information from a decade before when 37% of girls engaged in premature marriage, we can see a drop of 5%, which is huge.
The most devastating fact in this whole mayhem is that the child brides often get denied their basic human rights such as proper education and free will. These violations directly affect their financial state, and most of them are forced to live and depend on their husband’s income.