The suggestion that "daylighting" will someone make all of the money earned by locals in the marijuana business disappear is ridiculous and ignores the massive opportunity that arises in its place.
There are two difficult things about doing business in Humboldt growing mj: Producing your crop in a hidden fashion and avoiding theft, by police or others, and then selling that product by relying on people who are willing to take larger risks with quantities, transportation and significant amounts of cash without the protection of the justice system.
Legalization changes both of these. Growers will be able to produce more reliably, in more secure and open facilities. Concurrently the threat of seizure by police disappears and the threat of theft declines greatly as the incentive to do so (money, lack of availability) is greatly reduced.
In terms of sale, this is huge. If a Humboldt County family produces 10lb of high-grade buds they can now market that product to a very high number of legitimate outlets in the same way that any other producer of any product in the state currently does and can.
In terms of the local economy, there are also enormous unseen benefits by those who lack vision. The effect of "daylighting" a strong local culture and economy will put it out in the open. Suddenly you will be able to open a business in Old Town using mj proceeds and catering to mj users, tourists and enthusiasts. This is just one example.
Deeper opportunities arise in the supply chain. There will be a large increase in the number of people growing their own as a result of Prop 19's passage and they will need supplies and expertise.
Finally, if the product produced is actually superior, which most people around here realize it is, there should be no difficulty competing in the marketplace with all of the mediocre product that is currently available. This is extremely unlikely to change.
From my point of view the most immediate benefit will be the departure of the leaches who come to Humboldt to play gangster and exploit the business here. These people will no longer have to come here, no longer be able to pretend what they are doing carries the glory of being underground and most importantly their lack of business skills will ensure they can no longer compete, now that the obstacles have been removed for those who are far more capable.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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