What About My Profits?

Retired police officer Howard Wooldridge meets up with some big time illegal pot growers (inadvertently) and finds out what they fear. Hint: it isn't the police.

I spent my second week of the Oregon speaking tour like the first... speaking to various groups, media etc. The most memorable question of the tour came from a guy in Coos Bay in SW Oregon. He asked what would happen to the price of pot, if California legalizes it this fall.

The price would fall hard I replied, though I admitted to not being an expert. I later learned the questioner and several of his friends were big-time illegal growers.

Which brings up something I have been saying for years.
Drug prohibition is a price support mechanism for criminals and terrorists
And yet my anti-price support (it is socialist) anti-terrorist friends on the right are the staunchest friends of prohibition. Maybe it is just another deal like the case of Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) a staunch champion of abstinence education and traditional family values. Who recently got caught cheating on his wife with a staffer. The staffer Tracy Jackson interviews Souder on a (pulled - and possibly restored) YouTube video.
In the November 2009 abstinence video, Jackson introduces Souder this way: "You've been a longtime advocate for abstinence education and in 2006 you had your staff conduct a report entitled 'Abstinence and its Critics' which discredits many claims purveyed by those who oppose abstinence education."
It has been reported that their get togethers have been going on for four years. Which would mean the affair was ongoing when the video was made. Another case of a "the rules are different for me" politician.

Well back to pot. How is the California initiative polling? By a 56% to 42% margin California voters favor legalizing marijuana. As Officer Wooldridge has told me in one of his weekly e-mails (roughly), "prohibition will be over five years after the first state legalizes." To get his weekly updates contact Howard.

H/T Radley Balko at Instapundit

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 05.19.10 at 08:06 PM










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It seems that with all the problems the state of CA is having, a good selling point for legalization is the tax revenue that would be created from marijuana sales.

Ryan   ·  May 19, 2010 10:34 PM

Tax revenue is fiction.

The stuff is a weed. Anyone with an empty bucket, a bag of potting soil, and a sunny window can grow themselves a lifetime supply (ok. maybe two or three buckets for the real chronics out there.) Plant a raised bed in the backyard and you'll have so much you'll be giving it away.

It's not like growing tobacco - which takes real knowledge and skill in order to produce a usable product, pot is easy and killer weed only slightly more difficult.

The only way the government could effectively tax marijuana is to outlaw private cultivation.

Pot should be legal because no government should have authority over something that grows on your property and that you don't sell.

ThomasD   ·  May 20, 2010 11:45 AM

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