Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Understand the purpose of the drug war with just one story. Hint: Law enforcement is used to keep supplies down and prices high.
So what changed?
California is broke and the state government wants a cut of the action.
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Via: NPR :
For decades, illegal marijuana cultivation has been an economic lifeblood for three counties in northern California known as the Emerald Triangle.
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The war on drugs and frequent raids by federal drug agents have helped support the local economy — keeping prices for street sales of pot high and keeping profits rich.
But high times are changing. Legal pot, under the guise of the California’s medical marijuana laws, has spurred a rush of new competition. As a result, the wholesale price of pot grown in these areas is plunging.