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  •  wow (4+ / 0-)

    clear majorities supporting legalization, taxation and regulation in Georgia and Texas! Even before knowing that, I have been stating confidently for a while now that this a train that has left the station.  This is great news supporting my conclusion. And the demographic changes over the next few to 10 years will help to run up the score.  It's just a matter of time (and lots hard work) before we have more sane cannabis policy in much of this country. And that could lead to more sane drug policy generally.  

    The private prison industry is going to fight this hard! I predicted it many years ago, and they are not going to allow this huge number of prisoner clients be taken away from them without a battle royale.

    Power to the Peaceful!

    by misterwade on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 09:01:55 AM PST

    •  You're right about private prison industry (9+ / 0-)

      That's the one vested interest that stands to be substantially gored by sane pot policy.  In California, the extraordinarily powerful prison guards union will also serve to make the Golden State lag far far behind its natural place in this change.  Bottom line, this change will mostly be opposed by those that make money putting harmless people in cages.

      "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

      by ActivistGuy on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 09:27:23 AM PST

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      •  for sure the prison industry will oppose sane (2+ / 0-)
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        policy.

        If my understanding is correct, the growers in CA opposed legalization in 08 when it was last on the ballot, also for financial reasons.  Can you confirm or deny this phenomenon?

        Power to the Peaceful!

        by misterwade on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 09:31:20 AM PST

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        •  well known in norcal pot discussions. (0+ / 0-)

          big big worries here in Humboldt County about legalization crashing the economy.

          Assurances that meth will make up for it (not quite snark)

          People up here try to but a brave face on it about brand name recognition and specialty grows as in the cal wine industry, but no one expects that to limit the legalization damage to anything like more than 10% of what it is now.
             With the sudden demand and the lack of enforcement causing growers to openly talk about their current expansion plans/activities to take more water, expand more growing acreage, add more fertilizers and all the chemicals to the watersheds, while best growing practices people sqweek about saving rainwater (very record drought right now in norcal, red flag alert fire watch in effect) the future is bleak.

           The sudden demand from wash and colo, while being illegal to transport across state lines, there is nothing new about that and business seems as full on as ever with concerns for the future.

          The many california initiatives will shake out, the stealth/distractive initiatives hopefully will be outed and shamed into submission, and legitimate initiatives will succeed.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 03:53:19 PM PST

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