Visualizing the Current State of Marijuana Laws or Why California Marijuana Growers should Support this Fall's Ballot Measure

Some people are under the delusion that California is  the forefront of the legalize cannabis movement. And we are among the states with the most liberal laws but unless we pass legalization this fall we could face falling behind and, more importantly for our local economy, face even more serious consequences–further drops in marijuana prices.

The percentage numbers on some states in the graph above indicate how many at this time will vote for that state’s current ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.  Nevada, our neighbor is polling at 65%.  That means even if California does not pass legalization this fall, Nevada probably will.

Those people not wanting to vote yes this fall’s ballot initiative should think about what will happen to pot prices if Nevada goes legal and then exports its pot via the black market to California.  (Note: Montana, Michigan and Maine as well as Oregon, Washington and Alaska show numbers high enough to pass their ballot initiatives.)

It is only a matter of time before one state is brave enough to take the lead.  Whichever state(s) it is, their growers will be exporting black market marijuana to the rest of the country and the money from those sales will be mostly spent in the home place of the grower.  Business people and growers here should be pushing for California to be the leader in legalizing marijuana–for the sake of the patient, for the sake of the grower,  for the sake of the County, and for the sake of the state.

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This graph came from NORML

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  • My opinion is that legalization will be passed in 2010. It’s coming like a steamroller, and there is nothing that we can do to stop it. Unfortunately, because marijuana is Garberville’s main industry, that steamroller is going to run right over us. Our choice is, to take it face up, or face down. With pretty much the same results.

    To take a lesson from the lumber industry as they were squeezed out. Many moved into road construction. Some went to work at McDonalds or similar jobs, but most found other work. The average lumber industry worker now works harder and longer and makes less that half what they used to make. Some diehard lumbermen tried to stick it out, with the hopes that log prices would raise enough for them to make a little money. It was the siren that led them to the rocks. They make enough to eke out a living, but they never made enough to pay for new equipment. Most of them made it to retirement and sold the equipment to scrap iron dealers. There is little logging in Garberville now. When ever I see a logging truck go by, it yanks at my heartstrings, and I feel like saluting.

    I really don’t feel that Boutique Marijuana is going to do much better that boutique logging did. Remember that this is the only place in the world that Redwoods grow, yet the price of redwood is in the basement and not very many loggers are able to sustain their industry. Marijuana can be, and it is, grown all over the world by anybody that wants to do it.

    My suggestion would be to look toward something else to make a living. I know full well how the growers feel about what they do, they love growing Marijuana. They love being their own bosses. They wake in the morning and say “God, I love the smell of Marijuana in the morning”. It’s in their blood.

    Not many know the sweet smell of a logging operation in the morning. Before the equipment starts and the dust kicks up, but I can tell you it is the sweetest smell that you will ever smell. I left logging to become an electronics engineer, but left that for refrigeration, two good options that would work even today. The loggers that went into construction did fairly well, because they utilized already inherent skills.

    Boutique marijuana is the siren to the rocks. (just my opinion, I’m often very wrong) Finding another industry that might suit your talents would probably work better. Sorry.

    You can always buy your weed. I buy my lumber now

  • My opinion is that legalization will be passed in 2010. It’s coming like a steamroller, and there is nothing that we can do to stop it. Unfortunately, because marijuana is Garberville’s main industry, that steamroller is going to run right over us. Our choice is, to take it face up, or face down. With pretty much the same results.

    To take a lesson from the lumber industry as they were squeezed out. Many moved into road construction. Some went to work at McDonalds or similar jobs, but most found other work. The average lumber industry worker now works harder and longer and makes less that half what they used to make. Some diehard lumbermen tried to stick it out, with the hopes that log prices would raise enough for them to make a little money. It was the siren that led them to the rocks. They make enough to eke out a living, but they never made enough to pay for new equipment. Most of them made it to retirement and sold the equipment to scrap iron dealers. There is little logging in Garberville now. When ever I see a logging truck go by, it yanks at my heartstrings, and I feel like saluting.

    I really don’t feel that Boutique Marijuana is going to do much better that boutique logging did. Remember that this is the only place in the world that Redwoods grow, yet the price of redwood is in the basement and not very many loggers are able to sustain their industry. Marijuana can be, and it is, grown all over the world by anybody that wants to do it.

    My suggestion would be to look toward something else to make a living. I know full well how the growers feel about what they do, they love growing Marijuana. They love being their own bosses. They wake in the morning and say “God, I love the smell of Marijuana in the morning”. It’s in their blood.

    Not many know the sweet smell of a logging operation in the morning. Before the equipment starts and the dust kicks up, but I can tell you it is the sweetest smell that you will ever smell. I left logging to become an electronics engineer, but left that for refrigeration, two good options that would work even today. The loggers that went into construction did fairly well, because they utilized already inherent skills.

    Boutique marijuana is the siren to the rocks. (just my opinion, I’m often very wrong) Finding another industry that might suit your talents would probably work better. Sorry.

    You can always buy your weed. I buy my lumber now

  • I just posted my “forecast” at dheimstadt.wordpress.com

    Nevada is currently an importing state. It could only be mutually-beneficial for our bordering states to relax their regulations.

    • Fiance:

      We may be an “importing” state now but there are more and more people growing here, most that I know are growing their own for personal use, not for profit. Quite a few of the people I talk to all say that they are sick of paying the SoHum high prices. It was one thing when work was booming and there was lots of extra cash going aroung, being able to buy “humboldt” was kinda of a status symbol thing. Now with the economy in the tank, good ole Obama not being able to keep his mouth shut and running off our convention business there is a new thought it town.

      Everyone suddenly have a lot of free time, time to read all the blogs and what not. They are all getting pretty mad about having to pay those high prices now, it gets harder and harder to do. They are irritated when they look at those tiny pay checks which are made even tinier by the taxes Uncle Sam takes. They hear about people up there who make boat loads of money and don’t pay taxes whining about having to pay taxes if it goes legal, whining about their schools and social services needing money and expecting law enforecement to protect them when they get ripped off.

      Lets see…..pay taxes…get the stuff the taxes pay for……don’t pay taxes still expect the stuff taxes pay for……..Do you see where I’m going with this….everyone is starting to grow their own just so they don’t have to pay you! Right now the only thing a lot of them want to buy from Humboldt is “root organics” products. Thank for the fertilizer…..and dirt!

  • I just posted my “forecast” at dheimstadt.wordpress.com

    Nevada is currently an importing state. It could only be mutually-beneficial for our bordering states to relax their regulations.

    • Fiance:

      We may be an “importing” state now but there are more and more people growing here, most that I know are growing their own for personal use, not for profit. Quite a few of the people I talk to all say that they are sick of paying the SoHum high prices. It was one thing when work was booming and there was lots of extra cash going aroung, being able to buy “humboldt” was kinda of a status symbol thing. Now with the economy in the tank, good ole Obama not being able to keep his mouth shut and running off our convention business there is a new thought it town.

      Everyone suddenly have a lot of free time, time to read all the blogs and what not. They are all getting pretty mad about having to pay those high prices now, it gets harder and harder to do. They are irritated when they look at those tiny pay checks which are made even tinier by the taxes Uncle Sam takes. They hear about people up there who make boat loads of money and don’t pay taxes whining about having to pay taxes if it goes legal, whining about their schools and social services needing money and expecting law enforecement to protect them when they get ripped off.

      Lets see…..pay taxes…get the stuff the taxes pay for……don’t pay taxes still expect the stuff taxes pay for……..Do you see where I’m going with this….everyone is starting to grow their own just so they don’t have to pay you! Right now the only thing a lot of them want to buy from Humboldt is “root organics” products. Thank for the fertilizer…..and dirt!

  • I just read Saturday’s Times-Standard. They extensively quoted “Komp”. She sounded very knowledgeable , however, the Times Standard reporter sounded rather clueless.

    • Fiance:

      The Times Standard would do good to invest in a “spell checker” and “fact checker.” Their articles are frequently suspect!

  • I just read Saturday’s Times-Standard. They extensively quoted “Komp”. She sounded very knowledgeable , however, the Times Standard reporter sounded rather clueless.

    • Fiance:

      The Times Standard would do good to invest in a “spell checker” and “fact checker.” Their articles are frequently suspect!

  • Humboldtkids,

    You would do “well” to check your grammar!

  • Humboldtkids,

    You would do “well” to check your grammar!

  • Sorry, Kym, but I was only responding to someone who was dissing the Times Standard on similar behavior.

  • Sorry, Kym, but I was only responding to someone who was dissing the Times Standard on similar behavior.

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  • Y’all’s grammar’s hella weak. All kinna illogical verb tensing, subject verb ain’t agreeing, past participle problems.

    But for real, Cali exports mad dosia every day. You can’t stop the dank train. It’s all Big Dirty Trailer Park Boys style. Some organic gardener gone and got busted in Iowa tryna smuggle back from precious gems to get shipped out the Israel onna plane type of deal.

    If weed goes legal in California, the Emerald Triangle will still produce, but it ain’t like this is gonna be the transshipment capital of the universe anymore. That is the key to the success round here, all the smugglers and middlemen holding it down. Without them, DTOs would’ve taken over long ago with Mexi-bammer. But the smugglers are like ants, no matter how many you crush, there goes another one.

  • Y’all’s grammar’s hella weak. All kinna illogical verb tensing, subject verb ain’t agreeing, past participle problems.

    But for real, Cali exports mad dosia every day. You can’t stop the dank train. It’s all Big Dirty Trailer Park Boys style. Some organic gardener gone and got busted in Iowa tryna smuggle back from precious gems to get shipped out the Israel onna plane type of deal.

    If weed goes legal in California, the Emerald Triangle will still produce, but it ain’t like this is gonna be the transshipment capital of the universe anymore. That is the key to the success round here, all the smugglers and middlemen holding it down. Without them, DTOs would’ve taken over long ago with Mexi-bammer. But the smugglers are like ants, no matter how many you crush, there goes another one.

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