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California Cracking Down on Pot Clubs High on Profits

He may have been Governor Moonbeam in the '70s, but today California Attorney General Jerry Brown has cracked down on the state's pot clubs. When California legalized medical marijuana 10 years ago, medical dispensaries started popping up, only to see profits as high as a kite.

AG Brown said, "The voters wanted medical marijuana dispensaries to be used for seriously ill patients and their caregivers — not as million-dollar businesses."

Brown may be correct, but couldn't he apply his logic to other pharmaceutical companies? Pot wouldn't be the first drug to help businesspeople get rich. Even so, Brown has a new set of rules for these medical dispensaries. To see what they are,

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According to the SF Chronicle they include: Sell only to legitimate patients; operate as nonprofits; and only buy pot from fellow cooperative members at prices that cover cost, as opposed to professional growers who are out for big bucks. Though, of course, these medical providers can always get caught by the federal government, which doesn't recognize California's legalization. Is Brown right? Is pot as medicine OK as long as it's not an issue of profit?

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omilawd omilawd 8 years
If marijuana used for medicinal purpose shouldn't be sold for profit, than neither should any other drugs. The pharmaceutical companies are the real thieves.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
So.... is there a generic drug available for marijuana?! hee hee
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I agree. If something is legal, you can't keep someone from making a profit on it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i just think that trying to control the level of profit that's being made is unreasonable. if you think about it - drug companies are able to patent drugs for up to 10 years and they can therefor control the profits that they make until they have to release the patent and other companies can make generic. i'm just not sure that it's something that can really be controlled even if you issue revised rules and regulations for it all.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Seriously...that's some pretty stong stuff.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
That's what I was thinking, blue!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Side note-the guy in the picture is gonna have a helluva time getting the smell off him.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
My parents had a small greenhouse for their plants when I was younger. One of my only memories of that house (aside from all the goats we had :) ) was wondering why we had a special, separate greenhouse for the tomato plants (since they look pretty similar). Flash forward 20 years and it all becomes clear!!
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
My ex's dad used to hide it in tomato plants works pretty well actually.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Dave my old neighbor did that-hid his weed in weeds. Get it? Weed in weeds?? ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
of course unDave ---just keep filling 'em.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
LOL milosmommy - I don't think they would buy it!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
What are dime bags? Bags filled with dimes? ;)
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Someone should mention that to HMO's Martini...
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
unDave sell a couple of dime bags. I think you will be successful.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Only as long as you don't make a profit off it, UnDave (or enough of a profit for them to notice!) ;-) Because, obviously, profiting is bad....
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Thanks Amy :)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Do you think they would mind if I started growing some weeds in my back yard, to sell to the medical industry? I could always stand to make a little more money.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Nice form, UnDave!
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Agree to all. I was discussing with my husband the other day as to why the goverment doesn't legalize it, regulate it and tax it like tobacco. While he's for it he brought up a good point. It would be way too difficult because its so easy for just anybody to grow because it's essentially a weed. Where as tobacco isn't an easy crop so not anyone can grow it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
So we're going to provide this drug per a doctor's advice, but I'm not allowed to make money on it?? Welcome to socialism?? :oy:
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I agree ladies. I knew I was in the wrong business.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Humbolt County Ca. is definitely the most pot friendly county in the state and maybe even the country. I heard an authority say and I quote "as long as you don't have more than fifty on your property they shouldn't bother you".
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Or think if CA did with pot what WA did with liquor...it is under the control of the state, so the state gets all the proceeds (all hard liquor stores in WA are state liquor stores). That could totally make up for the budget short-fall in CA we keep hearing about! What ever happened with the state worker's salaries, btw - did they really cut them, like the governor wanted to???
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
EXACTLY to all three of you. It would also be so much better for state revenues if, instead of demonizing something far less harmful than certain legal substances, and wasting valuable resources--including manpower--going after it, they would simply legitimize it and tax it like anything else. :OY:
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