Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Opposition to Tax Cannabis Act mounts

'Though it may be counter-intuitive, opposition is also rising from some of California's marijuana advocates themselves, including medical marijuana dispensaries.

Lanette Davies, who co-owns a medical marijuana dispensary with her husband, spent weeks distributing anti-Prop 19 literature at the California State Fair.

She says she's looking out for her patients, not her bottom line:

"We could literally overnight increase our business fivefold [if Prop 19 passes], but it is not in the best interests of the patients."

Though it's also likely that Lanette's business could fail overnight if Proposition 19 passes, and the floodgates are opened to thousands of competitors and much cheaper cannabis. Her customers could even grow the plant themselves.

When the flood of new competition and the inevitable decrease in the price of cannabis is considered, opposition from medical marijuana dispensaries- like opposition from illegal cannabis dealers- may not be so counter-intuitive after all.'




W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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