Yes it is a ploy to get it legalized.. and??
As far as anyone can grow and smoke it themselves, you are quite correct, just as anyone can make their own alcohol and drink it themselves as well.
Beer is very inexpensive and easy to make, and the turnover time between start to finish is a fraction of the time it would take marijuana. Do some people still brew it, most certainly (myself included). There are still plenty of people who would rather not spend the time and effort to make it themselves, and tax revenue form beer sales is doing just fine in spite of how easy it is to make beer.
If the lost revenue from people growing pot is of concern, the solution is simple, require an annual licensing fee in order to be able to cultivate it, most hobby growers would gladly pay the fee.
To preempt the counterpoint of enforcement of the licensing being an issue, yes there would be those who would skirt this, much as there are those who continue to distill moonshine. Impose stiff penalties on unlicensed cultivation (tax evasion essentially), put strict requirements on outdoor cultivation (especially to prohibit minors from being able to simply hop a fence and snip a bud from someones crop), and make it illegal to sell outside of a legal distribution facility (whatever form that may take).
Between the costs of setting up a greenhouse, a secure outdoor grow, or the lighting and electricity costs of setting up an indoor grow, and the licensing fee the vast majority of smokers will find it MUCH easier to just go to their local smoke shop and purchase a bit to smoke than to grow it themselves. Those who do grow it themselves will do so because it is a labor of love, and still be taxed accordingly.
Last edited by marduc; 07-29-09 at 03:25 PM.
Look. I could set up my own grow, outside the law just like they do now. After legalization, I'm home free. I can sell the crap out of it, undercut gov't taxed dope and make a mint. Tax free.
Today's green dope THC level is through the roof, couple hits off a joint is all it takes. People pay top dollar for that sh*t. Doesn't take much to make a pile of money.
Screw licenses. Who needs licenses, it's legal!
Hmm .. one more reason to want to visit California then.A recent California Field Poll showed that more than half the people in the state, where marijuana for medical use was approved more than a decade ago, would approve of decriminalizing pot.
If you set up your unlicensed grow, and undercut the taxed regulated crop, then you would be breaking the law, it would not be legal.
But as I said, there would be exceptions, apparently you would be one of those. So what is stopping you from growing and selling it now aside from it being illegal, since you already have hinted that you would not care about the legalities of growing and selling it post-regulation?
Last edited by marduc; 07-29-09 at 04:11 PM.
Damn, I think I might go into farming.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville