are we going to be hamstrung by our country’s repressive cannabis laws?
It really is too bad the State again chose to supplant the Emerald Triangle farmers rather than include them. The State had one chance to get this right for California and for the whole country. All the farmers were out in the open and ready to go for it.
That boat has sailed. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of tens of thousands of generators firing up. The black market has already spoken. They went back inside. Now the State will never find them. That google map won’t help anymore! Now instead of growing outdoor, they grow indoor…..the State’s greedy and discriminatory choices just mobilized and weaponized California’s black market and positioned that in direct competition with the legal indoor market in every state.
California now may be responsible for the failure of the legal cannabis industry. Make no mistake, the other states having banked on indoor as their model, are all going bankrupt as we speak. The legal companies, Big and small, are only keeping their front doors open by selling out the back door on the black market to survive. The same is true for Cali’s indoor market. California’s black market going indoor again may be just enough to topple legalization altogether. Now the authorities will never find them. People can again buy top shelf AAA studio grade indoor for a fraction of the price – on the black market. Sharp move, eh?
This was an, “If you can’t beat them….join them situation.” The State could have joined with the American people. Cannabis culture belongs to the American people – not just a few thousand farmers. A hundred million Americans are cultivating, distributing and consuming nationwide. That’s 1 in 4 people. That’s a culture not an industry. Cannabis culture is synonymous with freedom for most of those oppressed Americans who didn’t or don’t fit into mainstream society – that’s most of us now.
Legalization is now become synonymous with giving our freedom away to big corporations. Why would anyone do that? Government has proven time and time again that it lies. Now government has just proven, again, they cannot control a full twenty-five percent of Americans and can not regulate an entire culture. You could have tried it without so much control.
You had the ball in your hand……you dropped it.
Until the government recognizes that cannabis is a culture more than it is an Ag crop we will get nowhere – until the government recognizes they have no control of this counter culture, let alone this new industry
You did not include the cannabis leaders in the ramp up to 215.
You have not included them now.
This mistake will result in millions of people, not thousands, suffering the consequences.
And this ill considered way of thinking by government effects all small business not just small cannabis business.
Cannabis belongs to the American people. As much as we all hate the black market and all the dysfunction that comes with it…..it’s ours.
When government recognizes that they have no control and take our offer to give them a piece of our business in exchange for constitutional protection, we will be on the correct path. That’s the deal.
Government has again and again proven they have no control and the shortsighted legislatures end up always supporting the black market.
All stemming from the same basic misunderstanding.
Americans won this war and the US government lost. Until the government approaches it that way, legalization won’t work.
One year from now with all the states failing and 90% of investors reaching the 5 year mark on pro-formas….
Investors will pull out and legalization will collapse.
Legalization only works if we are part of it…..do the math.
You can’t eradicate, imprison, deport or murder us. I know you are not used to that……but unless you do you get used to it…. you will get your ass handed to you by the American public.
The cannabis world makes a place for everyone who was rejected or behind in this country….we are the underdogs…..we offer a path of hope.
Cannabis and cannabis culture is just like what Christianity was supposed to be.