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  •  There's even more to be made with legalization... (5+ / 0-)

    Cannabis is a MASSIVE industry, already. By far, marijuana is California's largest cash crop. By legalizing it, you're bringing the industry above the table, where they can contribute a lot of taxes and economic activity. As it is, much of it is untaxed, and the profits are funneled into the hands of greedy growers or organized criminal outfits.

    Legalizing and regulating the stuff could also lead to environmental and sustainable energy use standards and other protections. As it is, some of these grow operations are tapping into the utility grid, and stealing massive amounts of electricity.

    The problem is that much of that new revenue goes to different people, and nobody wants to give up their golden goose, even if it's a net-positive for everyone else...

    •  And if its cousin, hemp, is legalized, then even (11+ / 0-)

      more profit could be realized. Hemp could revitalize the former timber industry, especially in No. Cal. It could prevent erosion caused by clear-cutting. It could provide a better form of plywood and siding that is not toxic. Pot is one thing but the fact that hemp is illegal is beyond tea party stupid.

      •  Oh, I bet even most teabaggers are in favor (4+ / 0-)

        of legalized hemp. That's always kind of been one of those mystery laws. Nobody thinks it makes any damn sense, really, but it persists.

        •  Lots of people think... (2+ / 0-)
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          it makes sense (eg CCA)...and unfortunately they are the ones who are funding the WoDs.  

          "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

          by cardboardurinal on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 12:44:47 PM PST

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      •  Exactly (9+ / 0-)

        Hemp cultivation would deal a blow to the paper and fiber industry that harvests trees.

        Really, the Koch Bros. own Georgia Pacific. Ya think they want to see legal hemp fields? That's the kind of opposition there is. How about Monsanto? Ya think they would allow any hemp growing without them patenting the seed?

        And the drug companies. They want to form cannabis into a product that they alone control and produce. The current methods are unacceptable by our corporate overlords, therefore the floggings will continue until morale improves!

        A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

        by onionjim on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 12:15:09 PM PST

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        •  Why couldn't they switch raw material and have (1+ / 0-)
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          they own fields?

          •  The land on which they're growing trees isn't (1+ / 0-)
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            necessarily great land for hemp production.

            Onionjim is right.  Look for Monsanto to show up with a "THC free" Hemp with a terminator gene.  Probably with some toxin producing bacteria spliced in so that people who try to smoke it become ill (like denatured alcohol).

            When that happens, we'll see industrial hemp production in the US.

            "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

            by JesseCW on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 02:45:04 AM PST

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      •  Well not only raw resource value, but (3+ / 0-)
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        if you add it in as a rotation crop it can certainly help the quality of the soil before the next plant goes in.  It also makes an exceptional cover crop.  Not to mention it is amazing for carbon sequestration.  I have to imagine any serious progressive attempt on carbon/climate change management would have to encourage growing industrial hemp.

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