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  •  Interesting comment, but a futile strategy (6+ / 0-)

    1. The first issue I have is expecting law enforcement to stop the flow of illegal marijuana. It has failed for fifty years, and I don't expect that to change.
    2. The difference between hydroponic, organic, indoor grown marijuana and outdoor grown marijuana is huge. Besides the "high," the indiscriminate use of fertilizers make the smoke very harsh. Why eff around in the forest when you can grow it by the ton in a commercial greenhouse that was growing sprouts or geraniums? Add to this a vibrant, homegrown market to push out illegal bottom shelf weed.

    Full legalization is the only answer, as the free markets will continually increase the quality of MJ and put prices in free fall.  A tax stamp and inspection of dispensaries is the single cheapest and effective way to stop illegal growing.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:59:49 AM PST

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    •  greenhouses are in the forest, many many many (0+ / 0-)

      big shiny ones clearly visible from google earth.

      my point is that the feds haven't done much of anything recently about  regional environmental damage yet they go after the only people trying to work with police and be within the law, and clearly of no danger to anybody.

      not a good look.

      as to indoor, fuck that too, you think that is a pure industry without damage?

      estimates of 10% of humboldt's electricity is going to indoor grows, a figure not really challenged.

      the cost of housing goes up, gangs and guns are invading houses and neighborhoods, housing costs go up, and Eureka area very poor...and then the houses are very damaged afterwards and not fit to live in.
        In the context of the illegality, MJ does indeed become a gateway drug as meth and crack and heroin all swim in the same stream, drug addicts find a community.
         If mj were a legal industry, those people would be under the bus instant.

      Nothing positive about indoor growing imo.

      And if you think all or even most indoor in grown in groovy little cabinets or tents, look again.

      Illegalization is a national disaster and disgrace however one looks at it.

      Legalization is the only solution, followed by real enforcement of zoning and water quality laws.

      And if that govt effort needs to be funded by taxation on sales great, but remember that also encourages illegal grows and sales, yet again, with even lower profit margins. The savings will come over time from more effective use of law enforcement, less court and system costs, and more respect for the rule of law.

      Worst part in a wider sense is that the rule of law shot itself in both feet here and will take generations to fix.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:15:22 PM PST

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