In Oregon most cannabis growers were better off before it was legal. The state totally F'd it up and got dollar signs in their eyes. They oversold licenses and now we have big problems with the market crashing and last year 1 million pounds were produced for a 300,000 lb market. This October the estimates are for 3 million pounds produced for that same 300,000 lb market. The price crashed and most product went to the black market and was shipped to illegal states. The only ones winning are the dispensaries who are buying up weed at 100-300 bucks per pound and for the most part selling it for the same market rate as before legalization. So, the dispensaries are ripping the growers off as well as the consumers. The small grower who sells no product and grows for him or herself is alright because they don't have to worry about jail time but other than that things are worse and totally F'd here. The system doesn't even require testing for mold or mildew and doesn't test for a wide number of contaminants either so again the consumer loses.
Then the Federal Attorney General Sessions comes up with the great idea of funneling money to local cops to bust more grows that are over their plant limit or selling to the black and gray markets. We get F'd coming and going and the government spends more of our tax dollars F'ing over people that are just trying to make a living. Folks who live for the most part in places where jobs like Timber and conventional farming are gone or are going away soon. Then they also set the limits on product a person or medical grower can hold so low all it takes is one good harvest and your illegal. Can't have more than 50 seeds? what about people who make a living as a breeder? 50 seeds that's barely enough to do a proper pheno hunt!
The people making the laws are some of the most cannabis ignorant dooshbags on the planet.
I wish your state all the best but government usually does the same thing whenever it gets involved: greed and dysfunction are usually the hallmarks.
In Oregon it isn't just the big money getting screwed but especially the small medical grower growing fro 1-4 card holders. They made it so expensive for the permits and tracking software and labels that the little guy got really screwed. Also, some mid sized growers who put their life savings into it got run out of business. The few that weathered the storm were some of the wealthy folks who could wait it out. The state said at fist "No outside money", just licensees inside the state could apply. Then after the Oregon residents pony'd up their money they changed that rule and guess what.... screwed again. The deal is the law says the authorities can do "rule-making" which is unconstitutional because "rule-makers" aren't legislators. Its a big mess. Just scolding people for having money or resources isn't the answer either.I hate to say it but I’m glad corporate growers are getting screwed. We don’t need more big business in our lives. If it was small mom and pop growers in farmers markets that would be one thing but to go large scale and profit hand over fist is beyond maddening to someone like myself who the plants owes nothing to. I don’t mind folks profiting off it or products related to it but I hate seeing rich fat cats getting even richer on something they actively prevented from becoming legal. Ok end rant.
Yes i was actually Planning a trip down to Mass(Was born there) when the sales started ,so have been watching closely whats going on down there...the Ole CCC just been sleeping for half a year .. July 1st came and the alram clock went off they hit snooze and rolled over.. there is one License for REC sale(cultivate)if my research is correct ,not event the same company they gave one to Grow(rec) Sira.. WTF is that??? lol and then they gotta get some Agreement from the Community.. LOL talk about building walls and they(CCC) meet in 2 days the 12th lets see if they've done any homework or figured out more stall tactics..Don’t expect anything soon other than your two mature plants. Massachusetts referendum clearly stated recreational sales would begin on Jan 1, 2018 and if no retail licenses were issued then the medical dispensaries would be allowed to sell to the public. A secret legislative vote changed the date to July 1, 2018. To date only one provisional license has been issued to a single medical dispensary, Cultivate Holdings, that currently produces the weakest shwag in the state (15% thc) and still no sales! Just more and more bureaucracy. Where the hell are the NORML lawyers?!
If I was a grower living in Vermont or any other state planning to go legal I’d be cringing, not celebrating. Legalization in most states and up here in Canada is still “prohibition” cause the law is waiting to nail anyone who doesn’t toe the line. I saw a documentary on Colorado a while ago that was shot as soon as that state had legalized and as far as I know it had the smoothest transition and everyone seemed happy. Things may have changed since for the worst but when it first went legal, the growers were happy, dispensaries were happy and of course the government was happy. Everywhere else, legalization has become a nightmare of convoluted laws and up here in Canada the Prime Minister (who was recently charged with sexual assault!) wants to up jail time for anyone caught selling or growing commercially without all the proper licenses, from 10 to 15 years automatic hard time! Bizarre because Canada has always turned blind eye to illegal large growers and is after other hard drug producers who crank out Meth by the ton—Meth is a big seller up here. The one great thing about Vermont is that if you’re an “outsider” Vermont will pay you $10,000 to move there and get a job. Hobby growers have never had to really worry cause as long as they kept their grow a secret, nobody would bother them and lots of hobby growers don’t even care about that anymore and brag about their little grows to anyone who’s friendly. But what about a friendly cop? People who brag to an undercover cop deserve to get caught.Anyone else celebrating Vermont’s legalization?!?!
If it was the public sector the board would be fired for incompetence. Missed the due date and then missed their self-appointed due date. Requiring everybody to reapply, including the only two testing labs in the state. Questions the due diligence when medical dispensaries were approved. Government “of the people” at its worst.Yes i was actually Planning a trip down to Mass(Was born there) when the sales started ,so have been watching closely whats going on down there...the Ole CCC just been sleeping for half a year .. July 1st came and the alram clock went off they hit snooze and rolled over.. there is one License for REC sale(cultivate)if my research is correct ,not event the same company they gave one to Grow(rec) Sira.. WTF is that??? lol and then they gotta get some Agreement from the Community.. LOL talk about building walls and they(CCC) meet in 2 days the 12th lets see if they've done any homework or figured out more stall tactics..