76-Year-Old Twin Cannabis Farmers Tell LA Times Why They’ll Vote No on Prop. 64
Yesterday, the LA Times ran a story on two 76-year-old twin cannabis farmers. The two have grown marijuana in the Covelo area since 1986. They will be voting no on Proposition 64 which would legalize recreational use of cannabis. The story gives a look at why many small growers don’t want the proposition to pass. One of the brother’s sums up their concerns:
“The thing you need to realize is that this is a movement that is becoming an industry,” Robert said. “The movement was organic gardening, the back-to-the-land, alternative lifestyle. We were the original generation that came out here and set up our pot gardens.”
Like mom-and-pop businesses squeezed out by big-box retailers, he said, so are pot farmers in danger of being squeezed out of business once big corporations get a toehold in the cannabis business.
Even though Proposition 64 gives small farmers a head start, banning large cultivator licenses for five years, farmers like the Cunnans aren’t especially comforted.