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

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“What used to be illegal is now legal.”


legalities

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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JUST SAY YES: HOW DRUGS HAVE BECOME ALL THE RAVE IN AMERICA TODAY

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“Doping: the new norm.”


drugs

Drug addiction has been a problem throughout American history. Especially during the period of time between the early 1970’s through the mid 1990’s. There were three major epidemics of drugs that hit the United States in this time: heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine. And since these three major epidemics, there have been smaller cycles that have popped up in the country. Right now, we are back in an opium crisis with heroin. But as with any issue that we have had, there have been a pop culture surrounding the issue. Today, we don’t have the “Just Say No” and D.A.R.E. But in our music, we are now starting to see the glamorizing of drug use.

popular usage

In the music we listen to, narcotics have started to become all the rave. But it’s not something new, during the 1970’s, cocaine use was so popularized, there were nightclubs known to cater directly to the narcotics market. So now, with the strength and influence of hip hop music, drugs are back in the pop culture. But what’s odd about hip hop being the place for drug usage is that hip hop music has for so long been the popular music that glorified the hustler and the dealer not the user. Everyone in hip hop for so long wanted the cars, the clothes, and the women the dealer had; but today, people want the drugs. And what are the drugs that are most popular.

drug of choice

There are a few drugs of choice that have been popularized, yet they are still a problem in our society.

MARIJUANA
  • This recreational drug is legalized in a few states to use in small amounts. And if you have the money, you can open your own dispensary as well as your own growing center. But as lucrative as the business might be, using is still bigger to people than owning.

MDMA (MOLLY)
  • This drug is used very prevalent among young people in today’s society. In the past, the majority of people used Ecstasy, but not the new generation. It has been popularized in music and in film/television.

HEROIN
  • As for heroin, this drug is less acceptable, and highly illegal. But nonetheless, it has swept the nation recently. So much so, people have posted videos on Facebook where people have been unconscious in their cars after using the drug.

downfall

Ultimately, the problem with the drug culture is that there is a total lack of productivity, efficiency, mobility/motor skills, fertility, and decision making. People find themselves sin more trouble once drugs come into play because they are not capable of making sound decisions under the influence. Yet the more marijuana becomes commonplace, you will see an even bigger usage because it will no longer be taboo.


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STREET ENTREPRENEURSHIP: IF INNER HUSTLERS COULD HARNESS THAT FOR GOOD

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“Imagine with the heart and fearlessness came real ingenuity.”


For me growing up, I was born in the year 1987, a time when Crack Cocaine was in full swing. Everyone was selling drugs, so much so, you would have thought it was a legitimate 9 – 5. Luckily for me, I didn’t grow up in a household where narcotics was sold. But I did live in a community where people bought and sold drugs. Young people who ranged from middle school to their late adulthood were selling drugs. As I got older, the trend didn’t slow down, it kept steady. And a next generation was running toward the narcotics business full steam ahead.

So in my mind, I said to myself, “What would happen if these young males could harness that skill?” “Harness that skill and put it into real business ventures.” They have the heart and the fearlessness to persevere, but they want the fast money. And that’s what makes it difficult to get these young men to turn their lives around. The addiction to the fast money. Only problem is that the few guys at the top make big money. The ones at the bottom take the most risk and make the least amount of money. But the guys at the top started somewhere. And it was somewhere, at the bottom. So if these young guys are willing to climb that ladder, why not the legit ladder.

Yes, the money is quicker, but when you factor in the time spent hanging around to sell. Then you take that and calculate the odds of you dying or going to prison, it’s not worth it. So my next question is, “How do we steer young men from selling drugs.” You’re obviously not going to reach everybody. But the goal is not to reach everybody, it’s to show them there are options. When you are an outsider looking in you say there are options. But living there, you know there are some people with no choice. I would love to see the ability to choose. If you choose that live, so be it. But you have too many choosing that life that are not in a position to have to sell drugs.

Let’s say we are able to harness that street entrepreneurship, what could we do with it. Well, we could build and sustain a stronger civilization. People looking in say, “These are nothing but common thugs.” But if not for informants, the DEA and FBI would have a tough time busting drug dealers. The organizations are so tightly nit, that informants are needed. They run multimillion operations under the radar. And the leaders do so without showing their faces. I wouldn’t say these are a group of thugs. They have plenty of education, but with no place to put it, it will be used for bad. Who could be the creators of America’s next innovative idea, now becomes public enemy number one.

A major aspect in reaching the next group is through after school activities. With so much of their time taken up, there is no time for breaking the law. You can start to wean-out a lot of what could turn into the next criminals of tomorrow. Issues you run into with this is political. And so many people feel the politicians are a contributor to the madness. In the end, what do we do as a community. One generation dies and another is born and the same game is played. You would think a lesson is learned from the prior generations. Yet, these young men join, they sell, not knowing that they are next. The next group to go to jail, never to see freedom again.


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