(Arrests made at illegal pot dispensary in Compton, CA)
Dreams of a Perfect Unicornia Go Awry. . . Again
Let us legalize marijuana, let us turn it into a huge taxpaying cash crop and let the State of California be flush with new found tax revenue!
Yes, dear brethren… legalizing pot will allow patients in desperate need easy access to this life saving pharmaceutical and think of all the wonderful hemp products that will become available. The people who smoke dope will be thrilled with their new freedom from police oppression. Naturally, the CA prison population will plummet by removing all those thousands of non-violent offenders jailed just for smoking weed.
Life in CA will be approaching Nirvana, so sayeth the democrats.
Now for the buzz kill. Seems the weight of state bureaucracy is so heavy and the licensing costs so great, legal pot shops can’t make it. The black market dispensaries are able to sell marijuana for about 1/8 the cost found in the legal store.
Black market dispensaries don’t pay any taxes or fees to the State. So, to protect it’s licensed pot shops from illegal competition, the State finds itself serving search warrants and making busts just like the old days before pot was legal. As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s de ja vu all over again.”