Matthew Meyer 1 
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Re: “Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’; Our Rating: Sell

John Thomas, it would appear you read my comment without much care in your haste to paint every critic with the "Greedy Growers Against Legalization" brush.

To take just one example, my point about prime cultivation country being under outdoor bans has nothing to do with home gardens being allowed indoors. The point is that the law shuts farmers in these areas--greedy or not, regulation-hating or not--out of the new legal regime.

That's unfair for those farmers, but it's also evident that for many rural folks in the Northstate, where job opportunities are scarce, the cannabis market is the best economic opportunity going. From what I've observed, it is to be expected that leaving tens of thousands of outdoor farmers out of the legal market will make the black market very much larger.

That's the "Achilles heel" I'm talking about. Given the realities on the ground, AUMA is likely to have serious social costs as tax dollars from growers in one county go to law enforcement to bust "unlicensed" (because unlicense-able) farmers in the next county over.

That's not "getting it right," JT.

Posted by Matthew Meyer 1 on 03/11/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’; Our Rating: Sell

John Thomas, Reform-CA was already prepared to throw most of Northern California's cannabis patients and farmers under the bus, and their support of AUMA seems more like a hostile takeover than a "vetting process."

Maybe AUMA is "similar" to Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon legislation. But California's cannabis market is not similar to those states', at all--it includes a huge area where outdoor cannabis works very well, and a functioning market outside of state control.

That most of this area is under outdoor cultivation bans, which AUMA strengthens, is the Achilles' heel that threatens to undermine the legal market. Maybe that's why AUMA proponents don't want to talk about the Ban Wagon counties.

Posted by Matthew Meyer 1 on 03/11/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “A Tectonic Shift for Marijuana

If AB 266 passes, it won't mean the end of "the century-long war on marijuana," it will be a mere retrenching of the war to the "ban-wagon" counties. Part of the reason LE is supporting this bill is surely that it preserves a large pool of potential arrestees for them in prime Northern California growing territory.

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Posted by Matthew Meyer 1 on 06/17/2015 at 11:56 AM

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