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Cannabinoid on the lam in California

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Sep. 9, 2012 at 7:04 am with 4 Comments »
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.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. NewDragon says:

    IT IS LEGIT! Remember, this is a god given plant and government thugs DO NOT have a right to tell anyone whether or not they can use it. One more thing, don’t trade your god given rights for cash in order to use the plant as you see fit. VOTE NO ON I 502

  2. jimkingjr says:

    Opium poppies are a god-given plant, troo. And it isn’t government thugs- it is your fellow citizens in a democracy making these decisions. So, yes, vote no on I-502 and stop pretending that any of this is about medicine.

  3. malcolmkyle says:

    We shall smoke to the end; we shall smoke in our homes; we shall smoke on the seas and oceans, and we shall smoke, with growing confidence and growing strength, in the air; we shall defend God’s gift whatever the cost may be; we shall smoke on the beaches; we shall smoke on collage grounds; we shall smoke in the fields and in the streets; we shall smoke in the hills. We shall never surrender our stash! and, even if, which I do not for a moment believe, we were to remain subjugated and persecuted by these evil corporations, then our enlightened friends beyond the seas would carry on the struggle, until in God’s good time, the New World, with all its re-discovered hemp based power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old. —Winstone Hempchill

  4. hannibal says:

    In addition to not being unable to use the
    internet to identify organizations on the first
    screen that pops up on a subject,
    Callahan has absolutely no understanding of
    the history of Legalization Initiatives.

    If Callahan had bothered to do simple research,
    he would have discovered that the brainchild
    of Proposition 19 in California was Richard Lee,
    the Oakland-based medical marijuana activist
    and entrepreneur who founded Oaksterdam
    University and who funded the efforts to put
    Proposition 19 on the ballot.

    These same drug dealer connected California
    entrepreneurs that Callahan despises are the
    brainchildren of the “Regulate and Control”
    movement, and supported Proposition
    19 and (now) I-502 for the same reason,
    control and a state run monopoly for big,
    well financed marijuana profiteers.

    I guess Callahan is well aware of the old
    PR adage that if you make a lie big enough,
    and tell it often enough (and publish it often
    enough in the TNT), people will come to believe
    it. This strategy worked for another bigoted
    extremist like Callahan in 1934, so it should
    be worth a shot in todays political climate.

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