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Topic Title: Legalizing weed seemed simple.
Topic Summary: But the devil was in the details.
Created On: 12/27/2020 07:27 AM
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>> The cannabis industry is "particularly vulnerable to lacking a set of safeguards or regularity that might hedge against corruption in other areas," said Berman. Even with other vice industries like alcohol or gambling, policymakers have been working on regulating those industries for decades. "In the cannabis space, we're almost literally making it up as we go. No history, no background, no norms," he said.

States that have largely avoided corruption controversies either do not have license caps -- like Colorado or Oklahoma -- or dole out a limited number of licenses through a lottery rather than scoring the applicants by merit -- like Arizona. Many entrepreneurs, particularly those who lost out on license applications, believe the government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers and should just let the free market do its job.

"It was far more political than I had ever anticipated," said Barnes Griggs of her application experience. "People were encouraged to apply, but you didn't stand a chance. It was already rigged." <<

All that money, local officials empowered to pick who makes it, caps on how many people who get to grow it and dispense it, the scoring process and a flood of money to lubricate a reluctant community. What a recipe for disaster.


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