Calif. Pot Industry Staying Illegal to Escape State’s High Taxes, Onerous Regulations

As of Thursday, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has sent about 980 warning letters to unlicensed pot sellers and ordered a marketing company to stop advertising vendors who don’t have permits, Bureau Chief of Communications Alex Traverso told CNSNews.com.

Less than one percent (0.78%) of the state’s 68,150 marijuana growers have obtained licenses, and as little as 25 percent of the cannabis consumed in California is currently being purchased from licensed retailers, “An Emerging Crisis: Barriers to Entry in California Cannabis – California Growers Association,” finds.

The reason: government greed and overregulation have made it easier and more practical to remain illegal – the same reasons companies typically cite for relocating to another state….

And, “most Californians” are used to getting their marijuana from illegal sources and 20 percent of marijuana businesses began their operations prior to legalization, the study finds. What’s more, “as many as 30 percent of the growers in the state live off the grid.”

via Study: Calif. Pot Industry Staying Illegal to Escape State’s High Taxes, Onerous Regulations

 

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