Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Proposition 19 Up In Smoke, Underground Pot Economy Intact.

Good news for those that make their living in the underground economy of medical and or illegal marijuana. In a nation wide trend away from public education, public services, public health care, workers rights, and all things social, the people have spoken.

Prohibition and the black market will prevail in California.

Election results have shown that private business interests will continue to feed the drug war and those that would profit from it.

Proposition 19, California's attempt to legalize marijuana has gone down in flames or up in smoke at the ballot box.

Grow houses will thrive and rents will stay high in Humboldt County due to the demand for growing space for a lucrative crop that is sometimes sold as medicine. Trimmers will keep their under the table trimming jobs and growers will continue to reap big profits off their crops. Taxes will be minimized while the cost to courts and law enforcement will grow. This is good for the prison system as it gets more privatized. They stand to make a lot of money as business thrives. The illegal growers also stand to make obscene profits on a crop that anyone could grow if they were willing to pay the price of freedom to plant and grow it.

Growers have money to hire the lawyers that also will benefit when they get caught without enough 215 cards to cover the square footage of the crops they grow.

It's business as usual. The feds will continue to send money to the counties to fly around in helicopters and spot pot gardens, and thousands of man hours will be spent on the ground getting to and eradicating those gardens.

Those of us that pay taxes on our dwindling incomes will still have to deal with people breaking down our doors by people mistaking our homes for those next door or down the street that are grow houses. It might be someone there to rob us of the perceived stash of pot we don't have or the feds and local police by mistake. Either way it keeps things exciting doesn't it? The Republican idea that we all can be rich someday still holds true. Who would want to live in a society where those that work and pay taxes , benefit the population as a whole? That's Socialism.

Nope, it's corporate prisons, tax evasion, and the increased traffic in our courts that the majority wants. They want to shut down government and they won this election. There were some exceptions mostly in California but even here we just couldn't seem to get our minds around taxing something that is sold every day.

Hooray for Humboldt County and our underground economy! We tricked the rest of the state into supporting it. Maybe I should get a job in the real world where cash is king instead of paying taxes and medical insurance as an hourly employee in the corporate world. I won't do that because I don't want to go to jail but don't expect any sympathy from me when you go to jail because you supported the system that sent you there.


  1. The timing was right yet for Prop 19. That business of the feds coming out and saying they wouldn't respect California voters choice to legalize pot bothered a lot of people.
    Looks like we have to work on state's rights along with a more solid pot proposal in 2012.

    As far as the Republicans taking over the House (and setting back nearly every social program this country has), I would like to point out what happened after the Great Depression:

    Voters ousted nearly every incumbent because change (improvement) wasn't coming fast enough for the majority of average Americans. So what happened yesterday was 1)based in history 2)no surprise, most Americans are hurting 3)and the results will be polarization for the next two years.

    It's hard to feel good about this kind of "sweeping change."

  2. Tom,
    While I understand that SoHum voted 3 to 1 against Prop 19, as a whole Humboldt voted less against it than most other areas of the state. I think Dave is right. The October declaration of the federal government that they would still "vigourously enforce" federal law took the momentum out of Prop. 19. In other words, blame the feds not the growers for its defeat.

  3. Tom, you are correct the Feds didn't vote on this, but what I think kymk was saying (writing) is that Holder (AG) stated he would vigorously ENFORCE Federal law, which I suppose doesn't qualify as 'voting', but I would agree with kymk's analysis that Holder's statement, as a representative of the Feds, probably did take a lot of steam out of the fight.


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