The political left loves to point to California as an example for the entire nation. Our own warden Governor is often heard touting California as a leader and a bellwether for the rest of the country. We hear all the time how California’s economy is the fifth largest in the entire world, we have the greenest energy, the most tolerant laws.
But California is not the gold standard in governance, which will not come as a shock to most informed Americans. In fact, it’s not even the “green” standard. In fact, this state is so overrun with incompetence that we can’t even sell weed properly. Imagine that…in the land of stoners the government somehow managed to even screw up marijuana sales.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting on a new $100 million dollar “rescue” fund that will be distributed to marijuana businesses across the state (but mostly in Los Angeles). The cannabis industry in California has struggled to navigate the excessive red tape involved in moving into legal recreational marijuana products. This shouldn’t be a surprise in the most heavily regulated state in the union. Some may be surprised to learn, however, that California legalized cannabis over five years ago.
Some may also be surprised to learn that while small businesses and churches were forced to close their doors for the last year, marijuana shops were open as “essential services.” So how can some of the only businesses left alone to operate through the pandemic actually be struggling to the point where they need a $100 million dollar injection?
They’re really not. Per usual, this is the California legislative assembly providing a bandaid for a gunshot wound. What is at issue is the extremely complicated regulatory process involved in providing recreational marijuana. What should have been a fairly uncomplicated business arrangement has turned into a nightmare of red tape, fees and changing rules. A cash injection helps with paying the ridiculous state fees, but does nothing to streamline or simplify the process. The natural result is to continue to drive cannabis users to the black market, where it is cheaper and
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