Growers “Just Say No” to Legalizing Pot

No, you’re not high. Some growers don’t want to legalize pot .

April 28, 2010 – You’d think a law legalizing marijuana would have pot growers jumping for joy. It would increase the pool of customers and provide more freedom to sell and grow marijuana. But Bay Area grower Scott, who declined to give his last name, says the grass won’t be greener if Californians vote this November to legalize pot for recreational use.

“I’m looking at it from a business standpoint,” Scott says. “I have some concerns about potential tax implications should [the initiative] pass.”

The “Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010” would allow people 21 or older to possess, cultivate, and transport small amounts of marijuana for personal use. It would also allow cities and counties full control on how or if they would sell and tax the pot.

But cannabis cultivator Scott says he doesn’t want the increased tax burden or the surge in competitors. He says he grows, on average, 20 pounds of pot a month. It retails for $70,000, which translates into more than $400,000 a year. He says, “Frankly, I’m concerned about increased competition. It’s the same as if I owned a gas station…The last thing I’d want is more gas stations on my block.”

Matt Witemyre, an advocate of the Cannabis Act, and facilitator at Oaksterdam University, a school that certifies pot growers, says “Our most recent poll [by Survey USA] shows 56% of California support taxing and regulating cannabis, so we’re very excited to see support in our state.”

Witemyre says California blazed a trail when it legalized medical marijuana. 13 other states followed suit. He’s hoping voters do it again this November. He and other supporters say taxing marijuana would bring in 1.4 billion in additional tax revenue for the state. “When we’re talking about laying off state employees, sending police and firefighters home and continually raising tuition on CA students, it’s ridiculous to leave that opportunity on the table,” says Witemyre.

But grower Scott says he will definitely vote no. He says the pro-cannabis measure would ultimately hurt his small business.  By VICKY NGUYEN and CANDICE NGUYEN Source.

2 responses to “Growers “Just Say No” to Legalizing Pot”

  1. No, These unscrupulous growers are just trying to keep the profits artificially High, I thought they were in this to help people, Not to see how large of a profit they can reap! I know that “Some” profit is deserved, But NOT 400-600% that they charge patients and filter their excess out to the Streets, At that rate -You are NO BETTER than the Drug Cartels and need to be SHUT DOWN!!! There is no such thing as “GET RICH QUICK” Without some type of NEGATIVE Consequences.
    I am an Avid supporter of BOTH Medical and Recreational Use, But if you open a Dispensary in MY area and I find out you are bringing in those type of profits on the Backs of Sick people, I will NOT notify the local Police – I WILL NOTIFY THE FEDS!!!!!!
    We are in this Re-Legalization effort to destroy the Cartel`s profits and place some regulations on Cannabis while making it available to those that choose to use it, Regardless of their reason.
    Don`t tell me we have made it this far just to have several “Greedy Bastards” try to derail this in an attempt to protect themselves and sell everyone else out.

  2. It’s unfortunate that grower “Scott” has chosen to emulate the big corporations that make choices based on profit rather than the right thing to do.

    It’s appropriate that Scott chose not to share his last name, given that I would boycott his product over that very perspective.

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