Skip to comments.Pot farmers way of life threatened
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.....
......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,"...
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Geez. I don't know what to say. But hey! Things are tough all over. (Old Cheech and Chong saying).
Oh please! Pardon me while I DON’T cry! :^P
Damn, that free market economy is a bitch.
I guess we’re supposed to get all sentimental or something.
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.
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.
When did it become legal to grow pot? Did I miss something?
Excuse me but I have no sorrow for them.
Meanwhile Mexican drug gangs are making it harder for honest mafia hit men to compete in the open market.
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
The pot bubble is popping.....meanwhile stock in Frito Lay is looking hot.
Oh, well. Who'd've thought that organic pot was GOOD for you?
Millions of greenie hippies, that's who.
I suppose they could always switch to cocaine...
The economy went to pot.
Then things got bad.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
An amazing amount of irony here. “It ought to be illegal to make pot legal!” (sarc)
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.
The law looks the other way in certain CA Counties.
Totalitarian Commie, get the hence.
Potheads have identity rights like homosexualists, apparently.
They are Doped-Americans.
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
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