Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Off a dead-end dirt road, near a river, out of town, in the hills and trees
Lots of assumptions about those who continue in a black market set-up. Many of them wrong, but that's a common error when persons assume others' motivations without asking them, and receiving a truthful answer.
I worked for legalization for over 38 years, going back to the day when folks doing so were surveilled, and often/sometimes had their homes visited over fabricated 'anonymous tips,' sometimes to look for 'hidden grow rooms' by cops with tape measures, certain something was hidden in the structure. (No BS; real occurrences).
I've said, and still say, that whatever legalization brought in terms of changed markets, and what ever the failures and indignity brought about by Goliath sitting on the couch in the living room and mandating some of what He now mandates, that I would never argue for gong back to illegal weed across the board.
Alaska, under Article 1 Section 22 of the State Constitution, has had protection as a 'right of privacy' in the 1975 (Irwin) Ravin Decision, for cannabis growing and possession in the homes of adults (19 y.o. being the age of majority at the time of the 1975 ruling). It was a form of 'Don't ask, don't tell,' and yes, there were some positive aspects to it. Between the Ravin Decision and the Crocker Decision (Anchor Point case, long after Ravin), it put the burden on the cops to prove they had good intel re. plant counts etc., before even being able to ASK for a warrant, let alone receiving one.
Weed is still illegal federally, and it's pure speculation to assume the prohibitionists are simply giving up, just as it's pure speculation to assume why some continue to sell in a black market fashion.. Based on maneuvering in Alaska, I can assure you they have not given up. *See Senator Kathy Geissel's Guest Opinion piece I posted in the 'Marijuana/Cannabis News thread.' This is an election year, and I'd wager the timing of her letter, wherein she abuses her Nurse Practitioner's license, is not a random coincidence.
Discrete Deliveries and ACDC were both, to my knowledge, when they were indicted, acting as delivery services for what I viewed from a distance as 'clearing houses' for groups of unlicensed growers. The folks at the top bought larger amounts of GOOD weed from growers who weren't paying the $50/oz. production tax, and that I know of, neither Discrete Deliveries nor ACDC were paying any specifically-cannabis-related retail taxes on their 'service,' which they asserted was a transport or delivery service alone.
I come at this from a point of "We laid the ground-work that led to your being able to puff without hiding in the bathroom with a towel under the door. The world's a big place. Leave each other the fuck alone."
Like neighbors who pay way too close of attention to what their neighbors are doing, voyeurism and jealously seems to be the walk of the species. Which is why I stay the fuck away from nearly everyone any more.
And no, I try not to fund the various wars on anyone, whether buying missiles or drones with my tax money, or paying Troopers' and City cops' salaries to amp up finding hookers, gamblers, or those whose vices may go beyond yours.
My family pays PLENTY of taxes already; a higher percentage of our household income than most major corporations.
But it seems that 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Animal Farm' are far better artistic descriptions of our society, culture and species than many want to give them credit for being.