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Pot farmers way of life threatened
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 14, 2012 | Joe Mozingo

Posted on 10/14/2012 2:31:55 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

As competition drives prices down, even chamber-of-commerce types acknowledge that the North Coast economy is at risk. Pot kept things afloat as the logging and fishing industries declined. Restaurants, car dealerships, banks, hotels and dental clinics all depend on marijuana money...

In the past,planting day was a time of great expectations, maybe for a vacation in Hawaii or Mexico during the rainy months or a new motor home to make deliveries around the country.

But this year,Andrew and Anna are hoping only that their 50 or so marijuana plants will cover the bills. Since the mid-1990s,the price of outdoor-grown marijuana has plummeted from more than $5,000 a pound to less than $2,000,and even as low as $800.

Battered by competition from indoor cultivators around the state and industrial-size operations that have invaded the North Coast counties,many of the small-time pot farmers who created the Emerald Triangle fear that their way of life of the last 40 years is coming to an end.....

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......The larger irony is that the marijuana pioneers are being pushed to the margins by the legalization they long espoused.

"Ultimately,we worry about Winston or Marlboro getting some land and doing their thing,"said Lawrence Ringo,a 55-year-old grower and seed breeder deep in the wilds of Sohum. "We see it time after time in America-big corporations come in and take over."

Ringo saw the 2010 marijuana initiative,Proposition 19,as a ploy by Bay Area activists to dominate the market with giant warehouse grows in Oakland.

He suspects plenty of people will still want high-quality,organically grown cannabis but fears the big business interests will dictate how marijuana gets regulated. Ringo points out that Colorado,the one state that fully regulates marijuana,helped push most growing indoors and place cultivation under the control of large dispensaries.

"We're afraid of losing what we've been doing for 40 years,"...

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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KEYWORDS: crop; pot; potheads; violence; weed

1 posted on 10/14/2012 2:32:03 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In the past,planting day was a time of great expectations, maybe for a vacation in Hawaii or Mexico during the rainy months or a new motor home to make deliveries around the country.

Geez. I don't know what to say. But hey! Things are tough all over. (Old Cheech and Chong saying).

2 posted on 10/14/2012 2:36:37 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Obama "foam"?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Oh please! Pardon me while I DON’T cry! :^P


3 posted on 10/14/2012 2:37:54 PM PDT by kimchi lover ("I can see November from Wisconsin")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Damn, that free market economy is a bitch.


4 posted on 10/14/2012 2:37:59 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (MIf you are a white conservative, you MUST be a racist. ;-))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I guess we’re supposed to get all sentimental or something.


5 posted on 10/14/2012 2:38:30 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Its not difficult to grow marijuana, in as much as it is a weed.

Only the risk of getting busted can justify the high price.

Once that risk is entirely lifted, the price will be a lot closer to zero than even the $800.


6 posted on 10/14/2012 2:38:40 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It is just as the proponents of legalization have foretold: Make it legal and the incredible profit margins just.... go away. The market will take care of it.

Same thing happened at the end of Prohibition.


7 posted on 10/14/2012 2:39:55 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When did it become legal to grow pot? Did I miss something?


8 posted on 10/14/2012 2:40:30 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Excuse me but I have no sorrow for them.


9 posted on 10/14/2012 2:41:40 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Meanwhile Mexican drug gangs are making it harder for honest mafia hit men to compete in the open market.


10 posted on 10/14/2012 2:42:32 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife


11 posted on 10/14/2012 2:43:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

AW, I am just crushed that the free market is causing you to lose your butt. Maybe the choome brother in the white hut will bail you out. /S


12 posted on 10/14/2012 2:44:34 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The pot bubble is popping.....meanwhile stock in Frito Lay is looking hot.


13 posted on 10/14/2012 2:55:07 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why do cops have more lenient ROEs when facing us than troops in combat facing suicidal islamists?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He suspects plenty of people will still want high-quality,organically grown cannabis

Oh, well. Who'd've thought that organic pot was GOOD for you?

Millions of greenie hippies, that's who.

14 posted on 10/14/2012 2:56:23 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Repeat Offender

I suppose they could always switch to cocaine...


15 posted on 10/14/2012 2:57:49 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; FlingWingFlyer

16 posted on 10/14/2012 3:00:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Pot kept things afloat as the logging and fishing industries declined.

The economy went to pot.

Then things got bad.

17 posted on 10/14/2012 3:02:12 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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If it’s so easy to grow, why don’t users just grow a few plants for their own use.

Of course I have no idea how many plants would be needed to grow enough of the stuff for personal use.......guess that depends on how much of the day they are “mellow”.


18 posted on 10/14/2012 3:05:43 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration marijuana smuggled into the U.S. accounts for 60 percent of profits of the Mexican cartels.

If marijuana is legalized it should be regulated, licensed and taxed like tobacco and alcoholic beverages. It should be processed and packaged like cigarettes and sold by licensed merchants. Like homemade wine, people should be allowed to grow limited quantities for their own consumption. But eventually the quality and price of the commercial products would be the choice of most consumers.

Law enforcement could focus their time and energy on hard narcotics and serious crime and U.S. prisons wouldn't be quite as crowded.

19 posted on 10/14/2012 3:18:04 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Hunton Peck

LOL! I’m surprised these Northern California’s almost but didn’t quite say that environmentalism is why they are dying. They live in a beautiful coastal forest, but cannot harvest fish or timber.


20 posted on 10/14/2012 3:24:00 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think I might shed a tear. Then again not. The illegal pot growing will crowd out honest but less profitable endeavors.
21 posted on 10/14/2012 3:24:19 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: basil

It’s not hard to grow. But you risk getting ratted on and bringing the police down on you in most states.

Still, if it’s legalized, I expect that people will just plant a few pot plants in their gardens or borders. Or get a grow lamp and do it indoors.

FWIW, Mitt and Barry both oppose legalized pot. Mitt, I think, because he thinks it’s bad for you. Barry, because it would cut down on his profits from the drug cartels.


22 posted on 10/14/2012 3:27:06 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

An amazing amount of irony here. “It ought to be illegal to make pot legal!” (sarc)


23 posted on 10/14/2012 3:34:01 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They should be ashamed of selling the first gift of creation!
24 posted on 10/14/2012 3:59:09 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Shoulda been saving for retirement when it was 5K a pound.

That is one of the problems in America right now, no one saves they just spend everything they make plus.

Even my own son, his wife graduated and got a job and tripled their income and all of a sudden it was spend, spend, spend. I gave them a good talking to and they came to their senses but in the beginning they were acting like idiots.


25 posted on 10/14/2012 4:10:27 PM PDT by tiki
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To: rbg81

The law looks the other way in certain CA Counties.


26 posted on 10/14/2012 4:59:31 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

27 posted on 10/14/2012 5:02:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
"it should be regulated, licensed and taxed.. Like homemade wine, people should be allowed.."

Totalitarian Commie, get the hence.


28 posted on 10/14/2012 5:03:00 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; wagglebee

Potheads have identity rights like homosexualists, apparently.


29 posted on 10/14/2012 9:02:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: a fool in paradise

They are Doped-Americans.


30 posted on 10/14/2012 9:03:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: I_Like_Spam

It takes talent to grow the best marijuana....weed or not

This article is correct, northern California is flooded and the price has dropped precipitously.

and you are correct...I warn libertarian growers I know all the time when they crow for legalization that they will be much much poorer.

think what Archer Daniels Midland or ConAgra or Cargill could do to pot production...the best techs and all that money for the best land and greenhouses and soil and nutrients etc

the price of weed would be determined like tobacco..more by the tax or advertising budget than the actual production costs

so pot growing hippies...careful watch you wish for unless it’s unemployment

*there are plenty of capitalist pot growers too...in fact...and I was just talking about this with someone...75% of the folks I know in medical pot biz or otherwise are voting Romney


31 posted on 10/14/2012 9:14:09 PM PDT by wardaddy (my wife prays in the tanning bed....guess what region i live in...ya'll?)
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