Why Marijuana Farmers Want to Keep Pot Illegal

Legalization of marijuana is killing their profits:

California will vote on an initiative this November to legalize marijuana. It might even pass. But it turns out that the pot growers of Humboldt County are having second thoughts about the whole thing:

Recently, “Keep Pot Illegal” bumper stickers have been seen on cars around the county. In chat rooms and on blogs, anonymous writers predict that tobacco companies will crush small farmers and take marijuana production to the Central Valley. With legalization, if residents don’t act, “we’re going to be ruined,” said Anna Hamilton, a radio host on KMUD-FM (91.1) in southern Humboldt County.


  1. Recently I’ve come across hilarious videos of a narc who switched sides, preaching how to not get caught, growing, buying or on routine stops.

    “Never get busted again.” – It’s all over youtube…

  2. Should big tobacco start growing industrial weed, I know there’s still going to be a market for Humboldt bud here in Northern California.

    I’d be very surprised if a legal pot economy didn’t allow for the Humboldt growers to not only survive, but thrive.

  3. We had the same situation here every time liquor by the drink was up on a referendum. The bootleggers and the churches both campaigned against it. I’m glad it finally passed a few years ago, so we don’t have to go through that mess again.

    And… the police noticed an immediate drop in drunk driving violations, which was the number one argument for the drys.

  4. That’s a ridiculousness line of thinking. What they should do is think about the huge market they will now have access to. Big tobacco isn’t going to invest time and money into growing pot just because one state legalizes it. Even if they did, it’s big tobacco, wtf do they know about growing good weed? I would stick with the small Craft Growers any day of the week.

  5. Every dedicated stoner I know is opposed to legalization either for this reason or out of concern for the quality. They seem convinced that the quality would suffer overall, but since it’s a product which actually delivers different (and quickly-determined) results according to its quality I would think that this wouldn’t be the case.

  6. If California legalizes pot, the economy of British Columbia would be hit really hard. BC bud is a massive, while still illegal, industry here. With hardly a single neighbourhood free of an illegal grow op or three, a reduction in demand from the ravenous pot heads of the US could be crippling.
    The whole situation is stupid.

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