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Just Desserts?

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Bloomberg Businessweek published on MSNBC this rather all inclusive report about marijuana in California.

Reefer sadness for pot farmers

Marijuana growers in California find legalization could be worst thing that ever happened

It was the following excerpt that really pissed me off:

Jason says he clears $150,000 to $200,000 a year in profit from the land surrounding his house, depending on how good the crop is. He earns more from other plots he owns nearby. He doesn’t pay taxes on the income because he doesn’t file a return (“I don’t lie about it. That’s when you get in trouble”). Spending all that cash in the middle of nowhere can be a challenge. He and his wife eat all-organic, and he’s got a few trucks to play with as well as a $28,000 Kubota backhoe. Some of the money is “seasoned” slowly into a bank account, so as not to draw attention.

How long has this been going on?

The 1996 passage of Proposition 215, which legalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical use in California, ushered in a green golden age. *** The very vagueness of the rules created opportunity: Midlevel entrepreneurs such as Jason who were willing to live with the risks and ambiguities of a semi-legitimate market rushed in and thrived, though there are no reliable estimates of how many there are. [Emphasis added]

$200,000 plus tax-free dollars for 10 years or more? No wonder they can thumb their noses at us dummies that work for honest dollars. In all the years that I hired out as a logger or truck driver, even when the wife worked we were lucky to GROSS, in the beginning $20 to $30,000, later it was rare to even get close to $40,000. It wouldn’t bother me to see these people lose all of their ill-gotten gains.

Yeah! I know that just being spiteful. After getting it rammed in all the dark places for 50 years, you sometimes get that way. [Source]

–Joe

Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Unintended Consequences

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[UPDATE on Eureka council set to consider medical marijuana ordinance – Tuesday, July 20, 2010]

Do Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Help Democrats Win?

Interesting article in the Atlantic by Senior Editor Joshua Greene. He writes about how putting something on the ballot that actually means something to a certain segment of society moves that group, in this case younger people, under 35, to participate — vote.

Are there benefits for the Democrats, Republicans or or does any of this just plain help the people to have a say?

–Joe

Passe – Blase or Just Plain Worthless?

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whatswrong_mJoe has had some interesting conversations this past week about the detrimental consequences to the North Coast social structure caused by decades of lawless profiting by everyone and their brother cashing in on the marijuana “trade.” None of these people ever gave one damn about themselves, living legal, what they were doing to their communities or what they were teaching their children. Now, all they can talk about is getting pot-growing legal in such a way that they can still protect their pocketbooks. They think that will get the monkey off their backs. Problem is, they don’t want anything to do with all the monkeys they put on the backs of all the law-abiding folk that really care about the communities they live in. Well, we know what they were teaching their children. Everyone on the North Coast lives with that reality.

It all may have seemed a simple matter of survival to all these lawbreakers. Grow and sell a little pot for food and shelter. It’s just a harmless weed that people use for private reasons. What’s the harm? Local businesses were suffering and all that cash money was a god-send. That symbiotic relationship grew until the hills and the towns proliferated with their blood money. In the meantime, no thanks to these criminals, everyone was subjected to their corrupt influences. Mob rule became the norm, the ends justifies the means and now these rebels all want everyone to forgive and forget; amnesty.  So, is it any surprise that the Bush Republican’s and their complicit enablers’ assault on the law these past years gets the same pass? Read the following article by Glenn Greenwald and see if the hair doesn’t stand up on the back of your neck everytime you think about what these people have done to society.

Glenn Greenwald
Tuesday March 3, 2009 06:31 EST

The newly released secret laws of the Bush administration

Various universal perception biases always make it difficult to assess how genuinely consequential contemporary events are:  events in the present always seem more important than ones in the past; those that affect us directly appear more significant than those that are abstract, etc. (though powers of denial — e.g.: all of those bad things I’ve read about in history can’t happen to me and my country and my time — undercut those biases).  Whatever else is true, it seems undeniably clear, at the very least, that the extreme decay and instabilities left in the wake of the Bush presidency will alter many aspects of the social order in radical and irrevocable (albeit presently unknowable) ways.

One of the central facts that we, collectively, have not yet come to terms with is how extremist and radical were the people running the country for the last eight years.  That condition, by itself, made it virtually inevitable that the resulting damage would be severe and fundamental, even irreversible in some sense.  It’s just not possible to have a rotting, bloated, deeply corrupt and completely insular political ruling class — operating behind impenetrable walls of secrecy — and avoid the devastation that is now becoming so manifest.  It’s just a matter of basic cause and effect.

Yet those who have spent the last several years pointing out how unprecedentedly extremist and radical was our political leadership (and how meek and complicit were our other key institutions) were invariably dismissed as shrill hysterics.  As but one of countless highly illustrative examples, here is a November, 2004 David Broder column scoffing at the notion that there was anything radical or unusual taking place in the U.S., dismissively deriding the claim that there was anything resembling an erosion of basic checks and safeguards in the United States:

Bush won, but he will have to work within the system for whatever he gets. Checks and balances are still there. The nation does not face “another dark age,” unless you consider politics with all its tradeoffs and bargaining a black art.

That was (and still is) the prevailing attitude among our political and media elites:  it was those who were sounding alarm bells about the radicalism and damage of the Bush administration — not Bush officials themselves — who were the real radicals and, worst of all, were deeply Unserious.

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Anyone get the connection?

Read the rest at Salon

–Joe

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