Marijuana Legalization Here We Come: The Tax Cannabis Initiative is on the Ballot
An historic ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in small amounts has easily qualified for this Fall’s election with hundreds of thousands of signatures collected beyond the needed amount. If it passes, it is going to be a wild ride for growers as the effects of marijuana legalization on the prices of pot are unknown. Some growers at Tuesday’s meeting in Humboldt County believed that cannabis tourists would come to the area eager to spend money and prices would stay high. Others feared that corporations would sell poor quality weed cheaply and undercut the market, driving Mom and Pop farmers out of business.
If the Tax Cannabis Initiative 2010 passes, Humboldt Co. and the whole Emerald Triangle will become a uncontrolled experiment with results that are studied for years. The initiative allows sale and purchase of up to one ounce of marijuana and allows some home cultivation.
As you know, I support legalization of marijuana on moral grounds. It is not legitimate to deny patients medicine or adults the right to determine what substances they may put in their own bodies. I also believe that people in the Emerald Triangle can prepare for legalization in ways to make the economic results less harsh. It is even possible that North Coast life might improve under legalization though I have to admit I am worried about our beautiful Humboldt.