Pot growers fear legal marijuana
March 28, 2010
If California voters legalize marijuana in next November’s election, growers fear it will drive down the price of their crops and hurt the local economy, especially in hard-pressed Humboldt County. [CBS News]
The locals are so worried up north that they held a meeting last week with civic leaders and growers brainstorming possible responses if marijuana ends up being legalized. One proposal: turn Humboldt County into a tourist destination for marijuana lovers, complete with tasting rooms and tours.
Many clandestine growers also fear that legalization will flood the market with cheap, corporate-grown weed and put them out of business.
California is currently one of 14 states that allow people to grow and consume marijuana for medical purposes. However, even if the initiative passes in November, marijuana remains illegal under federal law.