Our next cash crop?

Marijuana, for all intensive purposes, is legal in the state of California. 

My brother and I discussed this at length this past weekend.  We laughed mostly.  California, has an old law that was put on the books in the early 1900's that citizens, with enough signatures, can get a referendum on the ballot.  12 years ago, because of HIV patients in San Francisco, who were smoking weed to alleviate their pain, someone put on the California ballot a referendum to allow people with health issues to obtain weed legally.  The law passed.  Yet, once the law passes, it goes to Sacramento where the Government has to figure out how the law is going to work.  There is no money devoted to it, no systems, nothing.  Just a law that was passed by the citizens of California.  Once it gets out of Sacramento, then people begin pushing the envelope on how they interpret the law.

You can basically go to a doctor, tell him or her that you would like to have marijuana to help you sleep and they give you a prescription.  The doctors gives you something called a passport.  You have to return to this doctor annually for renew your prescription.  Many of these doctors do nothing but provide this service.  Once you had a passport, you can then go to many of the stores around California and purchase your supply.  You can buy up to one ounce a day.  The stores not only sell different strains, they also sell products for cooking and tabs for travel.  Also, if you are smoking outside a restaurant, having a cigarette, you can also smoke a joint if you have a passport.  Word to the wise, always carry your passport.

The benefits are huge.  First of all, the person who is selling you the weed knows their stock.  Think of going to a wine store and talking to the sommelier about what you are looking to drink.  I want to get seriously stoned, I like to have a mild buzz, etc.  Remember, this is not street dope, this is legally grown pot that isn't cut with who knows what. 

The law also lets you grow up to 99 plants in your home so many homes have become grow houses particularly in rural cities that are in need of a kick to their economy. 

The most interesting statistic has yet to come out.  There are something like 10 other states who have also passed this law with more restrictions.  California is probably the loosest.  Remember, all transactions are taxed.  The police force no longer spends time enforcing the laws pertaining to marijuana.  In essence, the billions saved from the police department and the taxes that have been generated could be a huge windfall of profit for the state of California.

As our economy continues south.  Farmers have so many subsidies that they are not exactly making money.  Perhaps, the legalization of marijuana, could be the next big thing.  Think of a generation of kids growing up and being able to buy a case of beer, a bottle of wine, a bottle of vodka and an 1/8 of an ounce….all being taxed and monitored by the Government. If other countries follow suit we can begin shipping our products overseas.  An entire new economy is built on marijuana.

Sounds crazy?  Looking forward to seeing the real tax dollars generated from California soon.  Definitely worth watching the video from the NY Times on the "Marijuana State"

Comments (Archived):

  1. MensRea

    Agree with you.If you recall from your time here in Ann Arbor, it is not a crime in Ann Arbor proper to have personal use marijuana. It’s a civil infraction which is now $40.00. When you were here it was only $5.00. But Ann Arbor cops don’t spend countless energy pursuing users.To make matters confusing is that the university has their own police force and they use the state law; thus it pays to know where the city and the university’s boundaries lie. After the Hash Bash, I usually get one call for representation because they lit up on the Diag, a major no-no.Interesting suggestion though.

  2. ellen

    Gambling finally became legal with the lottery and generates many tax dollars for the state and cities of Massachusetts so why not pot? My son’s old camp buddy owns a number of legitimate “stores” in California. Thanks for the info, because I never really understood how it worked.

  3. Gotham Gal

    Considering how “anti” our country has seemed to be over the years. think nancy reagan “just say no”. i find the whole concept of pot being legal with tax benefits for the state while not causing any higher crime problems but perhaps less just makes me laugh out loud.

  4. Geoff

    Thank goodness a bit of sanity creeping in – maybe we will return to our old liberal drug laws soon. “in the UK, all drugs were legal, and used routinely across society, until 1860. The former Prime Minister William Gladstone and Florence Nightingale used opium, while Queen Victoria used cannabis. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a graphic description of Sherlock Holmes injecting drugs with a syringe as a normal way of relaxing.” from http://www.guardian.co.uk/u

    1. Gotham Gal

      Who knew? Love that.

  5. Stephen McKay

    GG,I couldn’t agree with you more, but the laws at the state level are are easily thwarted by “pruds” at the federal level. It may be legal for med. or personal use in CA, and the CA authorities acknowledge and respect the law there, but if the DEA knows your supplying a cancer patient, your going to the federal can.The laws have to be uniform. A consences needs to take place, and we need more people like you to speak out about what has become a sort of “Taboo” these days!Steve

    1. Gotham Gal

      What are the prudes trying to stop exactly? I have never understood andprobably never will people who are anti-drugs. Drugs are pretty simple.Supply vs demand. If the USA supplies, legally with taxation, controlledsubstances, the crime would be off the streets and perhaps more people couldactually be saved.

  6. kit

    Your “for all intensive purposes”should be “for all intents and purposes,” unless you’re trying to be funny. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/I

    1. Gotham Gal

      I am always trying to be funny. Life is too short not to be.