KPIX Channel 5–A Failure to Communicate
I’m spending the morning questioning myself.
I agreed to be interviewed by Mike Sugarman and Craig Franklin of KPIX Channel 5 News because I wanted to let people outside the area see growers as I do–small farmers besieged by economic concerns. I explained how many growers are pro- legalization (though some aren’t) but they are also deeply concerned about seeing their paychecks move one decimal point to the left–which is something I hoped everyone would be able to relate to.
What I saw, watching the video, imagining I knew nothing about the subject, was a story that centered on the hypocritical grower who makes money off of pot but doesn’t want it legalized. Yet, the people interviewed, Anna Hamilton (Secretary of HuMMAP), Ellen Komp (Deputy Director of NORML), Tim Blake (Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board), and myself all have spoken out in favor of legalization. Is it just that the hypocritical grower story is too sexy or is it that I’m too sensitive?
I know many growers against legalization, of course. I think they are fighting a losing battle and one that doesn’t make economic sense for them. The NORML map shown in a recent post indicates the problems facing California growers if they don’t legalize marijuana. The country as a whole is moving towards making marijuana for adults legal. Specifically 5 states face legalization this fall with others soon to follow. California exports a substantial amount of marijuana. If other states legalize, buyers will most likely head for states where the supply is more accessible and the consequences are lower. California’s economy will suffer as less buyers bring piles of cash within its borders. Nevada is likely to have a ballot initiative similar to California’s in 2011. Voters there are currently polling 65% in favor. How many buyers are likely to drive through Nevada to get to California?
Those not in favor of legalization should seriously consider the consequences economically to Humboldt (not forgetting the people currently imprisoned over possession of the herb). Those in favor need to figure out a way to convey that many growers are in favor because, currently the customers are angry at all growers for putting profits ahead of people. In addition, if and when laws are enacted regarding legal marijuana, it will be hard to gain sympathy for the growers’ needs if they are coming across as greedy now.
I believe in communicating but at this point I feel like while I talked, I didn’t get my point across.
I didn’t communicate.