QUOTE=dragongrower;8140838]And look were pure capitalism has brought us..[/quote]
This is perhaps the most ignorant post in this entire thread. I blame the Education Oligarchy, which has hijacked almost all education and turned it into indoctrination in a successful attempt to brainwash everyone to believe that Government knows better, has altruistic intentions , and will protect you and make you whole.
It is Government that spends deliriously on the MIC, conjuring up enemies and bogeymen out of thin air. It is Government that writes laws favoring big business, squeezing more and more out of Main Street using zoning, fees, regulations, labor laws, insurance, utility rates, taxes upon taxes. Just try and get a commercial lease and open a small business and follow your dream. You will be crushed. Only well capitalized politically connected will get a dispensary license. Or open a sandwich shop, with all the safety and health requirements, inspections, equipment costs, insurance, rent, taxes. It's to the point where Government officials drive around looking for lemonade stands run by little girls so they can shut them down and hopefully levy some fines and generate some revenue. Hell maybe even do some asset forfeiture on your sorry asses.
It is Government that has enacted the Deep State surveillance apparatus that monitors your every word, movement, every dollar that you make , and where it is spent. It is Government that hires goons to stop you on the street, demands your papers, and has license to shoot you, or your kids, or your dog, because they feel like it.
It is Government that has debased our money, driving down living standards for decades, backfilling the hole with ever more debt that WE have to repay WITH interest attatched. All the while the Government itself, as well as its preferred crony insider class has access to ZERO percent credit to buy real things, driving up the costs to us out here on the street.
I would like to go on but I have to go to work for the privilege of paying close to half my income to pay for the State, which you obviously adore and wish to make bigger. I don't get it. Pot growers embracing the entity that will imprison and make you destitute.
In a few more years the penalties for growing non compliant weed in a "legal" state will be worse than in my illegal state. There's your Government right there. Lunacy.