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.