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    I'm tired of all this arguing over a plant that grows from the ground, and can grow just about anywhere (hence the name weed). Just legalize it so I can start a pot farm; I'm quite the green thumb, and enjoy cultivation.
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    Talk about anywhere..........some seeds were disposed of in a fire pit near the edge of the woods. One survived. Next thing I knew there was a gorgeous healthy vibrant specimen living la vida loca unattended and ignored all that time. Good stuff!
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    @jamayla - someone who isn't me planted some in the woods and visited them only every couple weeks and they turned out to be some top quality outdoor smoke. Nothing better than watching a youngin grow up.
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    @ST_Louie_Sue - not to the same degree, but most half decent growers treat their plants like kids, give em good nutrients, and try to help them live as stress free of a life that it can.
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    I still don't understand why its illegal. Reading the trials and hearings leading up to it becoming illegal, its pretty obvious that it only became illegal because a rich white guy was scared he would lose money. Him and his rich white friends put fear in people by claiming blacks and Latins were smoking and going on killing and raping sprees.
    The law is based on lies. Why hasn't it been repealed?
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    "Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men... There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others... the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races." -Henry Anslinger, America's first Drug Czar
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    I guess Mr Bierman hasn't visited my home state of Colorado. In some places you can't swing a cat without hitting a MMJ dispensary. I haven't checked lately, but I believe we have something like 500 licensed dealers right now, and with legalization proceeding that number is likely to, pardon the pun, grow like a weed.

    One of my complaints about the current administration is its failure to rationalize the "war on drugs" and stop hassling potheads. If there's a more sedate and harmless crowd, it's in the heavily medicated wing of a nursing home.
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    I'm not too worried about how the banks are behaving... these kinds of things take time to iron out all the uncertainties of being the first legal cannabis merchant since Anslinger started telling us that pot makes white women sleep with black men and teenagers kill their siblings...

    What I don't understand is why all of a sudden cannabis producers and merchants need the help of banks since they've been operating booming cash-only businesses for so long... We'll just have to wait til banks are pressured by their own depositors and investors... and after the states clarify how they will protect their own commerce from federal intrusion.

    The federal gov't needs to take its nose out of the states' business. They need to leave us alone and tend to enforcing the laws that they themselves are violating which are much more harmful to our country than growing marijuana!
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    The problem is the Professional Politicians in bed with Big Business wanting to make our friendly little plant into "The Pot Industry".

    I have had some lovely plants growing inside my privacy fence for my personal use right alongside my tomatoes and beans for years. Of course I don't sell any or advertise or make a big deal out of it and since I am a relatively quiet person and don't get involved too much with the law, there is no big whoop.
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    It's quite interesting that it took this approach to illustrate the problems every business in America faces when they try to operate under a huge government. So for all you who think the Government is the answer to all your problems, you just shot your argument in the foot.
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    This op-ed writer does realize that banks are NOT the only way to get money?

    Sounds like a money making business to me........and there's plenty of investors out there wanting a money making business.
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    @Vance1, That's not a logical retort, except for a dyed in the wool prohibitionist, with possible racist tendencies, who ignores the established scientific studies and tries to muddy the waters. Every time that anyone ties Cannabis to violence, I say, ask a cop if they have more problems with potheads vs. juicers in busting a kegger vs. a pot party, or answering a domestic disturbance call. Potheads are much less violent than almost any other group. I don't think we'll ever know what really happened on that night, but an insecure guy defending his turf with a gun and an adolescent with all kinds of testosterone pumping through his body are not a good mix.
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    @Vance1 I'm happy with the jury verdict. Trayvon's pot use or non-use that night wasn't presented in the trial. But Trayvon was disrespectful and made juvenile decisions that cost him his life.
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    With all due respect, Adam Bierman has a direct stake in keeping the start-up of a cannabis-based business a complicated and difficult process. As long as we keep referring to it as "Medical Marijuana," his company, MedMen, will likely remain a profitable business, and kudos to them for serving this purpose.

    That said, my problem with this issue is with these two labels: marijuana, and medical.

    Marijuana is a name given to cannabis many decades ago in a joint effort by Henry Anslinger (google that) and William Randolf Hearst to demonize the plant in the hearts and minds of White America. It worked. In Hearst' case, hemp being made into paper was competing with his vast logging businesses. In Anslinger's case, IMO he was simply a jerk out to make a name for himself. This plant should never have been illegal.

    Does it have medicinal qualities? Sure, but it also gets you high, which is something most humans enjoy. It's why prohibition against alcohol didn't last very long. And what did we end up with as enduring reminders of that mistake? Organized crime and income taxes. Think about that for a minute.

    I keep hoping that cannabis will one day become akin to the wine industry. Open fields, processing centers, and "tasting" rooms, with fine strains gaining popular reputations and a whole side industry in the paraphernalia for cultivation, storage, and use.
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    NJ's 1 dispensary has been closed for over 5 weeks. They carry 1 strain when they are open. We are waiting for 2 more to open by the end of the year.

    6 Alternative Treatment Centers were approved. No word on the other 3.

    There are people with funding and locations who are ready to open. It's the Governor who put law enforcement people rather than medical people in charge of Nj's non-program.

    Medical marijuana is safer than what is sold at pharmacies, why not just let the sick, injured, and dying get relief?

    Even people who aren't sick benefit from the restorative properties of cannabis, that makes it a health tonic. Safer than most energy drinks.
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    It is leagl but there is still smoke and mirrors making it hard to get, use or produce. Typical government double standards as usual... I can see mainly good coming from the plant compared to the few man made bad effects it has. They even use the excuse that they can't tell hemp from pot. What dopes... Toke on dudes...
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    The banks are not worried about prosecution. They are only worried about the bottom line. If they invest and the federalis continue the existing policies, they'll take a loss.
    Only until the federal issue is amended can anything of any real scope be addressed.
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    So the banks are segregating marijuana businesses because they don't like the trade?

    I thought all men were created equal.
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    The problems the pot industry have is just a bit more than most businesses have. New business have a couple of hundred regulations they have to learn about and comply with. The pot industry has a couple more. When I started my businesses in 1976 I had no licenses to get, no secret or obscure regulations to follow. I just needed an idea and a customer or two. We started with a total of $10,000 invested in the business and was doing business at a rate of about $20M 8 years later when I had to retire for family reasons. We had done well enough so I never had to work after my 42nd birthday. Kill the regulations and obstructive laws and the country can get back to the economy that fostered growth then.
  • #57
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    Bottom Liners caused the prohibition of Cannabis, now their greed is following it into legalization. The medical marijuana cause is noble but it gives the bureaucrats and entrepreneurs all the wiggle room they need with all their nitpicking regulations. Given their way, they would be the only ones to benefit from every little sub paragraph written into the regulations. If you think that Having the FDA calling the shots, or the state level equivalents is a good thing, you probably believe the people who say, "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."
    and it harm none, do what you will
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    Vance,
    You're completely right. It's way more involved than we have time for here.
    Financing will always be a problem for legitimate business until the federal issue is solved.
    The question is:
    " Why doesn't the federal government want MJ to be legal".
    If I mentioned the cyclical nature of interdepartmental dependitures of the importation of MJ ,they'd prolly send my posts to the NSA. Lol.
    It keeps unnecessary agencies alive.
    ...das da ticket...
    For them.
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