No Dispensaries Within 1,000 Feet of a School, a shocking reality show introduced in California which depicts US Attorneys “weeding out” pot businesses, has hit the road. Should you stock up while you still can?
The legalization “movement” is crying out for someone to point the staff toward the Promised Land. Someone like Dr. Martin Luther King. If herbal rights proponents hope for legalization anytime soon, they would do well to replicate the tactics of individuals and movements that persevered through tremendous struggles to win their freedom.
Three years plus into pot’s tempestuous tenancy on Main Street, Denver can rightfully stake a claim as Planet Earth’s premier cannabiz incubator. Our man in the Mile High City watched the drama unfold.
In a nation crying for new industry, with budget shortfalls impacting every level of government, cannabis commerce is a shining star hovering on the economic horizon. Cannatax generated from cannabis commerce could provide a lifeline for embattled governments desperate to maintain vital services in the face of rising costs. Problem is, people think only PhDs can grok it. Think again.
“Winning” limited medical marijuana initiatives — as opposed to repealing prohibition — invites legislators into a vicious cycle of creating, editing, and deleting whatever proposition or referendum you voted for after the fact. That insures endless regulatory skirmishes until the end of days.
When I began writing Cannabis Commerce in the USAback in February, free enterprise — cannabis style — was in full swing. And things were really swinging in my neighborhood, South Denver, as it played catch-up to Santa Monica, CA, which had a head start and lots of forward momentum. It looked like the choke collar was off the industry for good.
How much cannatax could be collected in a legal, regulated society? Lots, like $75 billion. And that’s just the USA’s share, in the the overground poteconomy’s infancy. Harvard’s enigmatic Dr. Jeffrey Miron, oft-quoted pot pontificator, greatly doubts it. Other poteconomists doubt him. Finally, the real lowdown.