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The solution is to create a category for “small” producers who pay a low license fee and adhere to adequate public health and safety standards.
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April 26, 2021 • • 16 minutes ago • • Read for 2 minutes • • Join the conversation Photo by Cineberg / iStock / Getty Images Plus
Unfortunately, as the Forbes article points out, the new laws legalizing the cultivation and sale of cannabis are leaving small growers on the black market. This is great for them until it is a disaster.
Aside from the fact that I have a lot of friends who are breeders, leaving these good people on the black market is counterproductive. First and foremost, these people are not a social or public health and safety problem. On the other hand.
Of course, small farmers cannot supply the mass market, just as homebrewers cannot replace the other bud. The solution is to create a category for “small” producers who pay a low license fee and adhere to adequate public health and safety standards.
They could set up producer co-operatives with their own “brands” that could be sold in “farmers markets”. They might then be able to expand their markets. They would be subject to the same income taxes as lettuce farmers.
Just as beer and wine shops were allowed to build craft bars, restaurants, and even resorts around their products, cannabis entrepreneurs should be able to do the same.
Unfortunately, under the new New Jersey laws, you can buy it, but you can’t even grow a plant for yourself, much less as a small business, without dealing with a red tape.
Other states have excessive requirements for permits for retail cannabis. Absurdly, some are planning high taxes on retail marijuana sales to provide some sort of “reparation” to minority cannabis users who have fallen victim to the laws that the same politicians backed until they belatedly read the polls.
And let’s be blunt. These people need legal protection because the forbidden propaganda machine has not been switched off. Smallholder farmers will continue to be important targets for the Narken. It’s a lot easier to open a door to a small grow-op in a no-knock raid than it is to go to a hard drug dealer.
Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and author of a brief introduction to raw hemp oil. The views expressed in this article belong solely to the author and are not necessarily those of The Fresh Toast.
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