There needs to be a voice for the Cannabis Industry if referendum is to mean anything

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Moving to a taxed and regulated cannabis market would create jobs, tax revenue and a huge drop in prison and policing costs. 

There needs to be a voice for the Cannabis Industry if the new referendum is to mean anything.

The problem of course is that while it’s illegal, it can’t speak.

We need a heavily regulated, taxed market that allows for small and medium business to become craft beer level enterprises.

A certification process for recreational cannabis and medicinal cannabis growers and a licence process for retailers.

We don’t want commercialisation or mass market advertising, that simply allows for trans nationals to move in.

Moving to a taxed and regulated cannabis market would create jobs, tax revenue and a huge drop in prison and policing costs.

If the referendum question only settles medicinal cannabis or personal use, we will have all missed a real opportunity to control cannabis, weaken organised crime and build economically on it.

 

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2 Comments

  1. dave brown says:

    The craft beer analogy shows why ‘certification’ for recreational use is dangerous.
    Small businesses get taken over by big businesses and the whole monopoly process of the famous beer barons gets repeated with cannabis.
    The Genter Bill is better because is give freedom for home growers for personal use.
    And allows it to be sold in Cannabis Clubs where the price is set by the cooperative and not by cannabis barons.
    Such freedom is consistent with the fact that cannabis is qualitatively different from alcohol. Consumption of cannabis does not, in itself, create the huge social destruction that alcohol does.
    We do not need a new bureaucracy that allows the capitalist state to rule over our use of a natural health product.
    On the contrary, all the science of our endocannabinoid system shows that cannabis has been a natural part of human evolution over thousands of years.
    That is why the philosophy that cannabis is about health is the way to go.

  2. randal.mcmurphy says:

    why business. government should grow it and sell it and individuals should be allow to grow their own. Otherwise it will just be subsituting the Cannabis Industry for the JUSTICE INDUSTRY> i.e. purveyors, cops, lawyers, judges, courts, jails and the whole superstructure erected on the top of a guranteed cash cow