4 thoughts on “Legalize it!

  1. Buddy says:

    “In the past decade, 15 states have legalized a regulated marijuana market for adults over 21, and another 17 have legalized medical marijuana. But in their rush to limit the numbers of licensed vendors and give local municipalities control of where to locate dispensaries, they created something else: A market for local corruption.
    Almost all the states that legalized pot either require the approval of local officials – as in Massachusetts — or impose a statewide limit on the number of licenses, chosen by a politically appointed oversight board, or both. These practices effectively put million-dollar decisions in the hands of relatively small-time political figures – the mayors and councilors of small towns and cities, along with the friends and supporters of politicians who appoint them to boards.
    “All government contracting and licensing is subject to these kinds of forces,” said Douglas Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University who authors a blog on marijuana policy. But “there are unique facets to government contracting in [the cannabis] space that makes it uniquely vulnerable to corruption.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/27/marijuana-legalization-corruption-450529 see also Douglas Berman, “Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform” https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/
    (Feb 2016): “Even in states where recreational marijuana is legal, the black market remains strong. The government of Colorado (the U.S. state with the most developed recreational marijuana market) estimates that only 60% of marijuana consumed in the state was purchased legally. In California, the legal medicinal cannabis market has over one billion dollars in annual revenues, which is only one third to one fifth of the size of the total market.”

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