MAKING ILLEGAL LEGAL: BECOMING LAX ON SOME LAWS COULD BOOST ECONOMY

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“What used to be illegal is now legal.”


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What at one point in time used to be illegal is now becoming legal. One of those things is the legalization of Marijuana in small quantities. What before could have gotten you sent to federal prison has become a lot more lax. And to add to it, there is now a market to capitalize off of the sale of Marijuana to dispensaries.

new legalities

Are there any new industries that may emerge which will open up for mass consumption which used to be illegal? And know what in particular which is still the oldest profession; prostitution. But the idea of this becoming legal in America is such a far stretch, that it’s not even worth the conversation. Now, in other countries there is a legalization, but not America. So, there goes that idea of a new industry.

why the wait

There are multiple reasons as to why the government has waited for some period of time to legalize what has been illegal. One of the reasons is that not enough time goes by where a generation sees the illegal product or service as negative. In the past years, if you had the legalizing Marijuana debate, both sides took issue.

Another reason for the wait, is what do you doo with all the people sitting in prisons for the crime. There are countless Marijuana offenders who are doing hard time in prison. Do we let them go? Because then again, the majority of them are non-violent federal offenders.

economics

Remember prohibition; the illegal sale and use of alcohol. It seems a world away from the past where drinking beer was a fine. Now, we have beer commercials during sporting events. Enough time has went by to make it ok for use and sale. But also because the amount of revenues collected by companies as well as government for the sale of alcoholic beverages. The same will be for a narcotic like Marijuana. A multi-billion dollar industry that in the next 25 – 30 years will be a blip on the radar of conversation.


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A WORLD OF WEED: HOW THE BUSINESS COULD REALLY PAN OUT

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“Pass the dutchie.”


the dope game

Growing up for me in the inner city, I would see guys selling drugs on the street corner. And one of those drugs was marijuana. And now that states are passing laws stating you are allowed to smoke in small quantities, even profit, makes you wonder. How will this business model pan out in the long run once big businesses start to get involved. Now you’re talking about a multi-billion dollar industry that is going to be controlled by few players. But also, what will come of all these prison inmates who were sent to jail for marijuana charges.

laws and current inmates

There are men and women currently in jail for crimes associated with marijuana. So what will happen to them once the laws are fully passed through? Will the courts grant them clemency, or will they have to serve their time considering they were convicted under an old law? Because to now say it’s totally fine, you’re allowing those legal access to sell, while individuals sit in jail for the exact same crime. Then again, states are fine with the drug, but federally, there are still problems. So dispensary owners and smokers beware.

big business

You could make a lot of money if you have the ability to enter the industry and you have a good enough liquid asset. Because getting in early means collecting before everyone can get involved. So once the big boys come in, everything will change because they will have the capital needed to keep you form competing. Then again, who has a good $250,000 plus lying around to start in the game.


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A POT PRESENCE: HOW MARIJUANA WILL CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF AMERICA

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“The business is booming.”


marijuana game

There have been so many arguments and debates over the legalization of marijuana. But today, there are multiple states where you can purchase the drug. Now there are some stipulations when growing and selling the plant. Because it’s legal by the state, yet federally the plant highly illegal. Meaning, watch what you transport across the state lines.

And if do, you better sure have a damn reason. Otherwise it’s off to prison you go.

business as usual

In places such as California, you can grow from your own farm to sell to dispensaries. Or you can be a dispensary yourself. Only problem is the startup costs associated with starting a farm or a dispensary. You must have a lot of capital and be quite liquid in your value. And how many people are liquid in America, which leaves the door open to a chosen few.

medical

There are many uses for marijuana that aid people in their daily lives. Whether it’s someone with problems concerning their vision or some other debilitating illness. But with the medical uses for marijuana, what are the odds that the healthcare industry will find a way to sneak themselves into the business. I mean, they have the financing and marketing ability.

here they come

Like I said prior, better watch out for the healthcare industry. Because once they find an in, they are going to be all in. And that’s when the little guy in business will be pushed aside. The pharmaceutical industry just has way too much money and clout to have competition from the outside. But for those who do pose some sot of threat, be prepared to be put out of business and fast.


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848: NARCOTICS CHARGES AND MISUNDERSTOOD LAWS THAT AFFECT A COMMUNITY

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“Ever been in too deep?”


848 is the charge that is reserved for mainly drug traffickers who move high quantities of narcotics. It is known as the the kingpin charge. In my lifetime, there have been a few kingpins that have graced this earth. But when I think of a kingpin, I think of Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder, Joaquin Guzman (El Chapo), and Griselda Blanco. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized that Americans have been hit with 848. And when you look at what they were engaged in, you could consider these people kingpins. Nicky Barnes, Frank Lucas, Ricky Ross, Big Meech, and Rayful Edmond. My question is, do some of the men who are hit with these charges know what they’re involved in?

Growing up in the inner city, there were guys in my community that were charged with various drug offenses. To me they were just basic drug dealers, but you hear about guys receiving kingpin charges and you pause. These guys are kingpins, really? But in the court system, the level of drugs that they were selling made them kingpins. But, there is only one problem, a lot of the names I stated early were much older men. But what about guys who were getting charged in cities across the United States at young ages. And when I say young, I mean 15, 16, 17, and 18 years old.

You think to yourself, what 15 – 18 year old really know about the drug laws. You had guys selling drugs that didn’t even know there was authority outside their neighborhood. So to assume they were these guys putting together this massive criminal enterprise is far fetched. Don’t get me wrong, they knew it was wrong. But for boys this young, they were doing what was the cash cow in the neighborhood. So if they knew what they were truly involved in, would they have still joined? We will never know because so many of them have lost time selling drugs.

Now as for me, how come I never got involved in my neighborhood debauchery? It was because I knew the full extent to which I could get into trouble or killed. How did I know, I was taught in my household. So why weren’t these guys taught in their households. Or maybe they were taught what could happen. Maybe they knew and just didn’t care. I will say, the older guys knew what could happen. Unlike the older guys, younger guys had no clue what they were doing. Nonetheless, the criminal justice could care less if they knew or not. They were carried off to jail.

In the end, being seen as a kingpin or running a continuous criminal enterprise is an 848. So by law, it is not hard to be labeled as a kingpin. But as for the young guys who get involved they are in the dark as to what they are doing. But in today’s society, can they truly say they don’t know. There is enough information out here that was not available in the past. But as long as poverty is what’s driving the market, we won’t see any stoppage of drug sells anytime soon.