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1130: Who will prosper from California’s Green-Gold rush?
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 Post subject: 1130 California's Green-Gold Rush IV: Consequences
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Along the Food Chain with Michael Olson…

1130: Monsanto’s Settling of Science

Fred Krissman
Research Associate
Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research

Who will prosper from California’s Green Gold Rush?

California’s forthcoming legalization of cannabis is projected to generate so much cash State Treasurer John Chiang is asking for a fleet of armored cars to pick it up and take it to Sacramento. And so we ask…

What will be the consequences of California’s Green-Gold Rush?

Will California’s illicit cannabis economy thrive as a legal cannabis economy? Illicit cannabis farming has, for generations of Californians, been located in areas of tall trees and shrubs, like the Emerald Triangle of Northern California. Will the communities that survived on illicit cannabis survive and prosper on legal cannabis?

What will happen to the law-enforcement community? For decades, the principal function of cannabis law enforcement has been to maintain the high price of cannabis by periodically prosecuting select illicit farms. And those high prices gave illicit farmers plenty of incentive to farm.

What will law enforcement’s function be in the economy of legal cannabis?
And what will happen when California governments become addicted to all that green gold? Will governments become “pushers” of cannabis consumption?

In Part IV of our California Green-Gold Rush series, we speculate as to what the consequences will be when cannabis becomes legal–sort of– in California.

(Food Chain Radio #1130, California legal cannabis, Fred Krissman, Research Associate, Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, Emerald Triangle)


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