Thursday, March 25, 2010

The New California State Plant???

I woke up this morning a little early so I could check my email before going to class. As usual, that took all of two seconds so I decided to check on various news sites to see what's going on in the world today. I read through a few stories talking about Obama keeping his promise and signing the no federal funds for abortions law (though it's not as simple as that), but then...low and behold...there it was, "Measure to Legalize Marijuana will be on California's November Ballot" (Los Angeles Times).

I had heard about people attempting to put this on the ballot a few months ago, but I never thought they would actually be able to. I'm assuming supporters just hung around outside southern California colleges going from person to person until they had enough signatures, but it is still amazing they've gotten this far. Do I think it will pass in the end? That's hard to say. But whether it will pass or not is not what I want to discuss.

For the sake of this post, let's assume that it is going to pass and think about some repercussions. Obviously you'll have some people worried about others driving while baked, or kids finding Daddy's gun (or Mommy's in this women-should-be-equal era). But has anyone given thought to the people that already grow? Northern California, specifically Humboldt County, is known nationally as the place to get good weed. Sure it's illegal unless you have that magical "green card", but there is still a lot of money revolving around the Humboldt County horticulturists and their product. Almost certainly, if this legislation were to pass, Humboldt farmers would lose their exclusivity in the pot world. Prices would fall as supplies increased statewide and they might even be taxed for their crop. It may sound like they're getting the raw deal, but then again, what right do these people have to hold the monopoly on something like this? I hate to bring in capitalism, but anyone else who offers a good or service doesn't have protection against competitors offering something similar. McDonald's can't be the only place allowed to have a dollar menu even if they were to the first to have one, right?

So, I ask you, is this situation synonymous with other cases of competition, capitalism, and monopoly? Is it fair to the rest of us that Humboldt County's slogan has become "Save Humboldt County — keep pot illegal"? Are their concerns even legitimate or are farmers of Humboldt County freaking out over nothing? After all, you can get wine anywhere, but everyone knows Northern California's wine is the best so they go there (and pay a little more) to get it. If the product is good, many people are probably willing to take the extra steps to get the best pot out there. What's your take?


Xtian said...

"The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few."


J - Beezie said...

concise, yet deep.

still more discussion would be nice.

Azlan said...

It's hard to predict what would happen. The farmers need to "nut up or shut up" as they say. As you said, if they are not willing to adapt to the situation, then it is their fault.

The main issue here is whether marijuana should be legalized and if you believe it should, it doesn't matter what happens to those farmers as supply and demand will level itself out.

J - Beezie said...

True, but the point is that they represent a large amount of people and have the potential to sway even more to their side.

I would just hate to see it go down because the people already dealing pot want to keep it illegal so they can make more money off of it. That's just really sketchy.

Camille said...

Thoughts on this stance?
Note the almost last sentence... Christian will not be allowed to participate.

J - Beezie said...

Haha that's pretty good. There's probably some truth to it too. Especially since all those hippie burnouts in Mendo and Humboldt have decided to oppose the legalization for the aforementioned reasons. More room on the frontlines for bored, jobless college graduates.

and xtian, she has a point. but lose the poncho for a day or two and youre free to join. it's summer ne ways.