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Cannabinoid on the lam in California

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Sep. 9, 2012 at 7:04 am |
September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

Here’s a fascinating Los Angeles Times profile of a “medical marijuana” dealer who’s been driven underground but still likes to live dangerously.

It would be unfair to assume he’s typical of dispensary operators around here. Washington’s medical marijuana regime has cleaner roots than California’s; it was low key and mostly nonprofit until 2009.

In California, as the Times notes, “The medical cannabis trade did not rise from a boardroom meeting when voters passed the medical marijuana initiative Proposition 215 in 1996. It sprouted out of the marijuana networks that already existed, with largely the same growers, middlemen and customers.”

The business model: Drug-dealer becomes medical dispenser. Marijuana smoker becomes patient. Everybody pretends it’s legit.

See today’s editorial on the industry’s opposition to I-502.

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