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January 14, 2014

First World Problem #32,675: "Wash. state faces prospect of too many pot growers " [Bumped]

More than 2,600 applications have been submitted to produce the marijuana that will be sold at state-licensed stores when Washington's legal marijuana industry opens for business around the middle of this year.
That's a problem because officials are, at least initially, capping total pot production at 2 million square feet, or about 46 acres. It remains to be seen how many applications are approved, but if it's even close to the number submitted, that could leave growers with less than 1,000 square feet apiece on average - not enough space for most to run an economically viable operation. - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

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With restrictions like that, what are the chances that a black market could arise for marijuana?

Posted by: Darkwater at January 13, 2014 12:34 PM

People will just broker their allotments and the government will pay some of them not to grow crops like tobacco or any other heavily regulated/subsidized crop.

Posted by: B Moe at January 13, 2014 12:51 PM

What, the lawmakers didn't have enough vision to think about exports?

Posted by: Grizzly at January 13, 2014 8:08 PM

Will the demand be as high as the suppliers?

Posted by: Jewel at January 13, 2014 9:33 PM

I've often thought that all this could be simplified, and kept within the power to regulate commerce between the several States, by the state-by=state usage of long-established noxious weed laws. If one State allows its citizens to cultivate what its neighbor States consider a noxious weed, the Feds should establish regular rules and processes for the Stoners to keep the weed out of its neighbors, or pay for its neighbors' weed control efforts.

I can hardly wait for Wyoming to start sending the legal and penal bills to Colorado. And then the Feds telling Colorado they have to make good on them. And then we'll find out if Senators are any damn good any more at what their job is supposed to be: making sure the States can live together as peacefully coexisting neighbors.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at January 14, 2014 1:29 AM

Back in the 70's my weed production business failed because the employee (me) consumed all of the profits.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 14, 2014 4:47 AM

Given the opportunity, Government could go bust running a whorehouse during Fleet Week.

Posted by: TmjUtah at January 14, 2014 7:33 PM

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