Paltry pot inventory pushes prices up

December 10, 2011

Supply, demand, plant mold, and federal busts are pushing up the price of marijuana in California. [California Watch]

And braced by threats from the U.S. Justice Department, property owners who rent to dispensaries now face the possibility of their property being seized. Many are closing.

That’s bad news for medical marijuana users, the dispensary operators, and others who enjoy current commerce because of the plant, but a plus for bolder growers willing to step into the breach.

In a marketplace where the product’s price has been steadily declining since 1996, this constriction has some buyers paying as much as 40 percent more, with the wholesale price rise occurring just over the past year or so. Now, even a buyer with an established source can expect to pay $2,000 to $2,500  or more a pound for decent-quality pot.

Economic factors and nature have played a role in the diminishing inventory of high-quality, outdoor-grown cannabis available for California marijuana consumers. But the biggest single contributing component has been stepped-up,  hyper-active enforcement of federal laws by the DEA and other U.S. law enforcement agencies.

The rapidly expanding production of potent marijuana in this state has gotten the attention of federal authorities who often enlist the aid of local sheriffs’ departments to raid licensed pot dispensaries — busts that often are highly publicized.

Now law enforcement authorities are reporting a surge in so-called “black market” sales by those growers who remain, many of whom are shrinking their harvest and increasing profits by sending their product out-of-state for two and three times the money.


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  1. Ted Slanders says:

    I was awakened last night with the hand of Jesus slapping my face in disgust! He made me see the error of my ways when I promoted “Mary-Jane” within this thread. I apologized forthwith, and now was made to see that TRUE Christians are NOT to smoke, digest, or use POT in anyway whatsoever, praise Jesus!

    The specific subject of marijuana is not mentioned in the Bible. However, we can draw certain conclusions based on principles found in the Bible. In our glorious biblical times, there was no smoking, accept by using fire for your food or one’s first born male as a sacrifice to our Hebrew God at the time.

    In addressing POT and the bible, I do so herewith; “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, AND YOU ARE THE TEMPLE.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

    There’re other passages as well to support not using pot, but, this passage is pretty self-explanatory. Our bodies are sacred, and are temples to our Christian God, and harming or misusing them by walking around in a stupor in any way is worthy of punishment. Usually this means swimming in the sulfur lakes of hell for eternity. :(

    Instead of seeking a “high” or a “buzz” from “Mary-Jane”, we as TRUE Christians should seek a “high” to be in love of Jesus Christ. The first and great command remains to love our Christian God with all of our heart, even though it is proven that He was a sadistic killer throughout our bible.

    CHRISTIANS ARE NOT TO SMOKE POT, PERIOD!

    Your servant in Christ,

    Ted

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    • Kettel says:

      Yes no smoking, I get that.

      However “And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which has seed in its fruit; to you it shall be for food.”

      So edibles get the green light. :) Praise be.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        Dear Kettel,

        Let me try and muster enough respect that I can for you subsequent to your ungodly act against the bible that is basically slapping Jesus in the face!

        Yes, our Christian God has given us plants, trees, etc., to eat from in the Creation Narratives. BUT, godly principles within scripture do not allow for us to eat marijuana, any more than our God would want us to eat poison mushrooms! Get it? Your position would still go against 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 as stated above! Shameful. :(

        Nice try though, and I am sure that Jesus was not smiling after you pushed the button to post your blatant and outright Devil Speak!

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        • Kettel says:

          Your attempt to equate lethal toxic mushrooms with a 10$ brownie delivered to your house while well meant is a bit extreme. If your god was going to destroy my temple for eating a magic cookie it would have happened sometime in 1977.

          Lightning and devil free so far except that time with the fuse box and the screwdriver.

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    • mkaney says:

      But they can drink alcohol? That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever Ted, presuming that is your view. That would exhibit substantial inconsistency in your interpretation of the bible.

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