what could a government do in the face of a benign but widespread personal growing campaign aimed at driving down the price
ok let's contextualise this another way
if you go to Nepal, which is covered in wild dope, some of it notably potent, why does 10g of the best charas still sell to foreign visitors for between $20 - $50?
Entirely agreed on the pressures on governments as they gradually give way to legalisation.
you lost me there, where did I mention that?
My point is that there are pressures here that are very difficult for governments to control. How do you in practice put a limit on the amount grown?
that's the same problem as under prohibition, it's nothing new
how do you stop businesses fixing their accounts? how do you stop counterfeiters and tax evaders?
Of course, but legalisation would change cannabis production radically - you could get your spade out and grow sacks and sacks of it
legalisation is never going to mean you can grow as much pot as you want - legalisation just means bringing dope into a normal market system, with all of the same obligations and legal crap any normal business has
for that reason, as Randalizer says, there will always be an underground --- just as there will always be counterfeiters, and tax evaders
Edited by namkha, 06 August 2011 - 09:40 AM.