Goodbye to the DEA, Hello to the EPA
After the media beyond the Redwood Curtain sunk their sharp teeth into the What’s After Pot story, a swarm of articles began appearing in a smorgasbord of magazines, newspapers, online zines etc. The angles tended to focus on the hypocrisy of growers wanting marijuana to stay illegal.
Few (the recent LA Times piece being nearly the sole exception) grasp that cannabis producers are merely grappling with a new economic reality. The story isn’t that some growers are opposed to legalization (though some are). The story is that both pro legalization and anti legalization growers know that a change in marijuana’s status is going to change their economic model and they need to know how to respond in order to survive.
But, also, it must be acknowledged, beyond economics is the fear of their culture disappearing–their daring romantic lifestyle being replaced with paperwork and their alternative society being devoured by the mainstream.
Capital Press Agriculture News in a recent editorial snickers a little at the growers’ plight but there is a underlying sense of sympathy
What now-illicit growers really fear is the regulation and taxation that comes with legalization. They’ll need water rights; the state will monitor their fertilizer, insecticide and herbicide use; the health inspector might pay a call; they’ll have to follow labor laws; their scales will have to be certified; and the taxman will want to see their books. Suddenly, a relatively straight-forward and care-free business will get a lot more complicated, and a lot less fun.
What farmer can’t sympathize with that problem?