The inimitable Jon Gettman sounds off live from “Old Virginny” at The Air & Space Museum Annex in Chantilly and at the hallowed site of George Washington’s former hemp fields in Mount Vernon. A 45-minute virtual interview recorded via Skype completes the poteconomics spectacular.
One guy yakking about how how many cannajobs could be created, how much cannatax could be collected, and how much cannabiz could be conducted is a lone voice howling in the wilderness; when another wolf joins in, all of a sudden you’ve got yourselves a movement.
When you’re a 17-year-old sophomore at American University and it’s the Fall of 1969, you figure a series of antiwar rallies that attract crowds of 500,000 fellow students, “peaceniks,” and “outside agitators” to DC is all just part of college life. How would you know any better?
Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, certain “esteemed economists” have made careers out of furnishing false information like, “Marijuana is no cash cow” — and mainstream media compliantly chews the cud.
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.
A few paragraphs into David Segal’s recommended New York Times piece, “In Colorado, Pot Pioneers Try to Turn a Profit,” I came across the obligatory quote from Jeff Miron, first-call cannabis consultant for busy reporters at great metropolitan newpapers. I’ve read plenty of those. They’re all pretty much the same. But this one was different. Way different.