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  •  Growers that are against legalization will in the (7+ / 0-)

    long run just be ending their own interest.  It will be taken over by big pharma under the guise of "medical", but if legalized it won't matter.

    •  The growers against legalization are truly (7+ / 0-)

      shooting themselves in the foot.  If Cannabis were legalized in California, it would become an international mecca.  Tourism would bring billions into the state.  Which of these tourists wouldn't want some nice Humboldt Purple?  The growers would make lots of money.

      #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

      by Evolutionary on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 08:28:08 PM PST

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      •  On the other hand, legalization (10+ / 0-)

        would cause the price of pot to drop about 90-95%.  $400 ounces would turn into $40 ounces within a few months.

        I've always thought that one of the worst things about medical marijuana is that it's kept the prices at street levels when it probably could have been a force to drive them down.

        I don't agree with them, but I can certainly understand why they would oppose it.  It still makes them assholes, though.

      •  with legalisation (4+ / 0-)
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        Cannabis cultivation will move from the forested hills of the Humboldt triangle to the sunny central valley and to southern California.

        There is nothing special about the climate, soil, or anything else which makes cannabis from the Humboldt triangle so special.  The main reason it is grown there is opportunity -- sparse population, isolation, many hidden areas for cultivation, etc.

        Cannabis can be grown anywhere with reasonable sunshine.  It's not like vineyard grapes, which are very soil and climate dependent.  The main factors behind potency and taste of cannabis are genetic.  

        With legalisation, I would expect it to be cultivated in far Southeast California (near Yuma), where the near perfect sunshine and Colorado River irrigation water would suit it.

        •  Agreed. It's the brand names the buds have now (0+ / 0-)

          that will sell the North Coast strains, even when grown in the fertile areas.

          #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

          by Evolutionary on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 09:26:35 AM PST

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        •  Or better yet (0+ / 0-)

          ..in tiny plots in suburban back-yards or urban porches and balconies across the State. Hobbyists could supply enough high-grade herb to fulfill medical needs and serve recreational desires too, if they'd just give up on prohibition. Weed really does grow - like a weed.

          Just anecdotally speaking - The $400 oz in NorCal is a pipe-dream from history. Maybe the 1%ers march into their dealer demanding to pay sticker-price for something pitched as Ferrari-grade chronic, but "the market" is flooded to the point of needing a commodity price support.

          May the poetry of your life never be beaten into mere prose.

          by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 10:00:53 AM PST

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