Don’t forget what corporations do to your food supplyThe cannabis market will be no different. We will pay higher prices and craft growers will be arrested. Only the big players will reap in all the green rush cash. Just look at how they are treating Marc and Jodie Emery in Canada. It’s bad for cannabis connoisseurs as they will be left to grow their own from seed. It’s more of a convenience factor. The same way that we buy our groceries. We all know it’s healthier to buy quality ingredients and cook our meals at home instead of buying frozen foods. Processed foods are unhealthy. And now even fish can kill you. Fresh farmed salmon is the most toxic food on your plate. If you want to take good care of your health, you must grow your own marijuana and grow your own food. It’s getting close to impossible to find any healthy foods at any major grocery stores. And soon corporations won’t have to label how they grew your weed. When labels don’t have to give the consumer full disclosure, it’s because they are being abused.
Fears corporations will take over the cannabis marketAs more and more US states legalize cannabis, fears grow corporations will take over the cannabis market. California’s new state law allows businesses to profit from medical cannabis for the first time. California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis in 1996. People were not allowed to profit from their endeavours. The change in the law has corporate investors, retailers and struggling regional areas scrambling for a piece of California’s new cannabis industry. No longer do farmers have limits on the number of plants they can grow. California now has legal framework for large scale cannabis farming. And, with voters voting for access to cannabis in the election, they await January 2018. This is when the passage of Proposition 64 kicks into effect. Proposition 64 sets out the legislation for cannabis use in California.
Cannabis Cropping Desert AreasCities in Southern California like Desert Hot Springs and Adelanto, keen to bring new revenue into their regions, have raced to be the first to allow cannabis cropping in mostly desert areas. Areas where there are only tumbleweeds and Joshua trees. Land tripled in price and every last piece allowed for growing cannabis was snapped up.
Changing cannabis cultureWith legislation comes a change in the cannabis culture. This has people in small towns worried about the loss of the old culture and hippy values. People also worry about small growers losing out to corporate money in some parts of California. Even musicians like Bob Marley’s son Ky-Mani Marly and Snoop Dog are talking about growing legal pot. Corporations take over cannabis markets and even music stars are in to take the green from the little man. Cheech and Chong’s, Tommy Chong, 77, is a long advocate of the pot culture, who makes bongs and grows his own cannabis. His company Chong’s Choice is also talking to a company in Adelanto about taking his brand to a mass market. He has no concerns about the change in culture. He said that things change. Others feel differently. Humboldt cannabis farmer, Patrick Murphy said there was a code of respect for the land and people among cannabis growers. He does not want that culture replaced by men in $5000 suits.
Corporations take over cannabis markets and legislation changes the rulesChanging legislation brings with it inevitable changes in the rules and the game. In Desert Springs, CalCann is building a high-tech hot house. It plans to produce around 8000 pounds of cannabis a year. CalCann brings modern agricultural techniques to cannabis growing. Its operations will create employment for the area. Gone are the days of growing a couple of plants in your backyard or down in the basement for personal use. Legislation brings permits and taxes. Some local Humboldt farmers have joined together. They plan to sell their cannabis in bulk as Emerald Family Farms to compete with corporate money. Farmer Ryan McIntosh said cannabis began as a counterculture. Ryan said there will always be those who will want to avoid buying from large corporate groups. He welcomed the changes in the law as he could stop worrying about the future. He is worried about going to jail if he gets raided.
Different agendasAdelanto is in the high desert country. Its mayor hopes to see high-tech greenhouses rise magically from the ground. Adelanto mayor Richard Kerr said it was likely organisations will build solar plants to service the industry’s power needs. He estimated the area would produce more than 100 tons of cannabis a year. Mayor Kerr said the area hoping for an extra $10 million a year of tax revenue coming into the city’s coffers. This almost doubles the size of the previous year’s budget. Locals have changed their attitude to cannabis if it brings employment to the area. Adelanto’s current primary employer is the prison. With an unemployment rate of 10 percent, Adelanto welcomes new industry to town.
Serious effort to dismantle the black marketCalifornia’s legislation is proof it is serious about dismantling the cannabis black market. They want to allow corporations take over cannabis markets. No more limits on the number of plants farmers can grow and a dispensary in Oakland now stocks cannabis. Experts predict the cannabis market could more than double by 2020 with the approval of recreational cannabis. In the previous year, medicinal cannabis sales were $2.7 billion. This was almost half of the legal cannabis sales in the country.
Californian Laws Take Effect in 2018Californian laws are set to take effect in 2018. This gives time to put regulations and processes in place. Other regulations will include licencing, product testing and tracking the process from cultivation to sale. The legislation aims to bring the cannabis industry out into the open. Corporations take over cannabis markets in 2018. While Californians voted for recreational cannabis in the 2016 election, it is still unsure where the Trump administration will support its predecessor’s tolerance of state law conflicting with federal law. but like most businessmen, he just may allow that corporations take over cannabis markets in America. Justin Trudeau looks like he’s up to the same. Please leave your comments below and share your thoughts. The cannabis political environment is changing more than than ever before.
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