John lennon with an acoustic guitar rehearsing "Give Peace a Chance"

“Everybody’s talking ’bout cannabis, cannabis, rhymes real good with animus, animus. . . “

I’m getting the message that if I spend twenty minutes jamming out a blog, you’ll read it, enjoy it, and comment on it.

Thus emboldened, I wanted to believe that if I took six months researching, writing, and editing a major report, like Cannabis Commerce in the USA, honing it into the most comprehensive and readable article in the history of cancom economics, you’d enjoy it even more

That suspicion appears unaligned with reality. Despite my Herculean effort, there are still zero (0) comments. The inescapable conclusion is that . . . sigh  . . . it’s way too long, or it’s too much to take in because it’s not presented properly.

Meanwhile, all sorts of comments have been posted to the short, concise, blogs and blog-type articles.

So if you like the blogs, which it seems like you do . . . to paraphrase John Lennon, “All we are saying . . . is give Cannabis Commerce in the USA a chance!”

While I’m not planning to go into CC in the USA kind of depth again any time soon, I’m confident that if you enjoy the quickies, the slow ride is pretty good too.

As an alternative to tackling the almost book-length report, try this: pick any section by its catchy subhead, and pretend you’re reading a blog!

Is it just me?

Something tells me I’m not the only human on earth with a keen interest in  how much cannatax there really could be . . . or how deeply cannabis consciousness has permeated all walks of life. . . am I?

It could be the presentation. The vastness of a longish online stream could be scaring some of you off. To that end. . .

Breaking it down

I’ve made Cannabis Commerce in the USA more digestible by breaking it down into its eleven parts. I’ll post each part in the Articles category. Encountering this report in parts should feel more like driving across town than driving across Kansas (or for you internationals, “than riding a dog sled across Antarctica”).

I think you’ll find the parts fit together and can stand on their own. Now you have a choice.

In Brief

  • Part 1 talks about what economists consider when they’re writing white papers about how much tax money could be collected in a legal, regulated landscape.
  • Parts 2-4 introduce Jeff Miron, Harvard Economics chair and longtime activist who’s arguably the world’s most cautious forecaster; Jon Gettman, another longtime activist who found much more potential tax revenue than Miron; and Max Chaiken, a Brown undergraduate who found way more than both of them. Shockingly, their personalities are actually revealed!
  • Part 5 offers Cannabis Commerce’s “core estimate” of MPMTR based on what we learned from the three poteconomists.
  • Part 6 visualizes all the areas of pot-ential tax revenue the poteconomists missed. Frankly, as someone who majored in free love — not economics — I was surprised I found so many.
  • Part 7 describes the retail explosion in medmar-friendly communities.
  • Part 8 talks about how “Hollywood, Inc.” ceaselessly promotes all things marijuana, and how that affects demand for the magic herb.
  • Part 9 explains how the internet and traditional media ratchet up the free advertising and publicity to unprecedented volume.

Which brings us to Part 10

I’m going to start by posting Part 10, intentionally out of numerical order, to show that any place you start reading it, Cannabis Commerce in the USA is informative, entertaining, and compelling.

Part 10 just happens to be “Political Implications of Cannabis Commerce,” a gritty diatribe about why President Obama might want to get with the program, why a march on Washington would accelerate legalization if he doesn’t, and why Obama may actually want there to be a Marijuana March on Washington. It also explores the previously bizarre concept of Republicans seizing “the higher ground.”

To get the ball rolling, “Political Implications” features comments by MPP Director and prominent blogger Mike Meno!

By the way, Part 11 addresses the vagaries of medical marijuana, then wraps things up with a pretty bow. Coming soon.