The media’s characterisation of “homegrow’s” guns and gangs is regrettably consistent with the experience in New Zealand, an island nation both self sufficient in pot and ranking higher than Jamaica in OECD consumption statistics. Clearly, this billion dollar business has some gray areas due for the large part to prohibition’s unintended consequences but it can also be described in other terms that commerce would envy. For all that turnover, just where are the security guards, locked safes, accountants, lawyers and plethora of other necessary personal?
Consider horse gambling? How much investment, capital and working, has to go into the billion dollar wealth creation (equal to the annual pot trade) for individuals, syndicates, clubs and taxation needs to all be met. Now line up the money counters, cleaners and everything in between.
Growing pot is one of the most efficient, friendly, trusting and benign industries ever. It’s vilification by the Police is laughable given the ROI we [taxpayers] get from their deficit funded efforts. The stupidity is civil society just cannot see drug policy in economic terms.