Should happen nation wide, but it won't. The federal government is deeply invested in WOD, it's big money for them. The only way I see to make this work is to have enough states do it all at once and spread the DEA forces so thin it becomes a financial burden to pursue it. Take heart, the current administration will almost certainly tank the monetary system and will lack the resources to impose it's will on the states.
Considering the "Santa Claus" effect the democrats used in this last election the Republicans could sweep the next one if they base their platform on legal pot and free Cheetos for everyone. The crunchy ones. Because that is the level our electorate has fallen to.
Finally, hopefully more states follow suit.
My wife and I plan on going to Colorado next year to go smoke weed for the first time. It's insane that it's illegal but I've never wanted to risk my job just to try it out.
First for the people that “really” use it for medical purposes it was an expense to them, now they can grow their own, and many will. To those that used the system of medical use to their advantage, they will in a huge majority begin to grow their own. The other part of the equation for those that own businesses for sale to those needing it for medical use. Now the price drops, and drops drastically, because there will be a lot of people that will feel they can supplement their incomes by selling a little here and there, people that think that won’t happen … are just kidding themselves. In Colorado pot is now going to be easily available to anyone that wants it, and the vast majority of these sales is going to be cash sales.
I predict that Colorado is going to “lose “ revenue from this new law, not gain it.
I know a lot of people who grow their own tomatoes and basil. But most people don't. A few local farmers bust their asses and make a living growing them. But for the most part, you can't really make any money by growing and selling tomatoes or fresh herbs w/o investing a sizable chunk of change and an even larger chunk of effort.
Why will pot be different than various other produce?
I may be wrong.
The comparisons you give, should even be funny to you. What farmer do you know that gets that sort of return per plant ?? The cost to start growing is a bag or two of miracle grow potting soil, and a couple of large pots. Hardly the cost of setting up a garden or a farm ..
I’m not saying that big time farming is going to start up … but I am saying is that nearly every smoker is going to grow his own, why .. Because it’s a simple thing to do, and the savings vrs buying it amounts to a good deal of money. Now if you happen to be able to sell a few bags to your buddies .. Well that just offsets your growing costs.
If you are one of the cancer patients, you spend a ton of money on your doctor and care bills as it is, if you can grow you own, that is a reduced expense …. But doesn’t mean you still aren’t paying for all the other treatments. So that savings will probably be helpful to you.
In any case .. I’m standing by what I said .. Colorado is going to end up losing revenue by passing this law, and many (not all) of these businesses that grow and sell medical M is going to shut down.
Where they screwed up with this law, is in allowing anyone to grow it, if they just had passed recreational usage, then they would have seen an increase of revenue, but they didn't do that.
Last edited by The Barbarian; 11-08-12 at 10:20 PM.
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