THE PROBLEM WITH THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA
- December 27, 2018
Ever since the great marijuana debate first regained momentum in the 1970s, California always seemed to be at the heart of support for the little green plant. After all, some of the biggest contributors to the pro-marijuana movement (including Dennis Peron) pushed for the legalization of the plant for HIV/AIDS victims due to an extensive outbreak in San Francisco. Once the drug was fully legalized in 2016, California seemed to be on the road to success by paving the way for the rest of the U.S. So, what went wrong? Why is the Golden State suddenly experiencing a big speed bump in its pot market? Let’s take a closer look at the problem with the marijuana industry in California.
Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes
Based on recent reports, marijuana retailers and growers across the state have been suffering from a string of intricate and overly rigorous regulations, unnecessarily high taxes, and the bizarre prohibition taking root in various counties. Likewise (and quite surprisingly) numerous people are flocking to courts to complain about marijuana businesses, which are considered a nuisance. Even members of the California police force are standing by the fact that the little green plant could still pose a threat to public safety, greatly due to pot-related crime. (Additional analyses reveal that legislators are planning to send Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom a string of proposals to cut taxes after he takes office in 2019.)
When Things Get Smelly
According to Dale Gieringer (director of California NORML), California’s eagerness to over-regulate and over-tax is crippling the marijuana industry, and the state government does not appear to be planning any changes for future laws. Once Proposition 64 passed, officials projected that 6,000 marijuana shops would pop up across the state, but only 547 licenses have been authorized. Likewise, 1,790 dispensaries and shops had been paying hefty taxes prior to January 1, 2019 (when California licenses were required). Also, rather than reaching $1 billion in pot income, California has only brought in $630 million (a staggering drop from the initial projection).
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
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