Oakland Ground Zero in Industrialization of Marijuana Industry in US – Cornwall Ontario – July 18, 2010

Cornwall ON – Oakland is starting to look like Ground Zero in the debate to legalize Marijuana use in the US and eventually in Canada.

Right now Medical Marijuana is the “buzz” word in play with small time growers concerned of the growth of Marijuana taken over by big factory farms.


“Nobody wants to see the McDonald’s-ization of cannabis,” Dan Scully, one of the 400 “patient-growers” who supply Oakland’s largest retail medical marijuana dispensary, Harborside Health Center, grumbled after a City Council committee gave the blueprint preliminary approval last week. “I would compare it to how a small business feels about shutting down its business and going to work at Wal-Mart. Who would be attracted to that?”

Well Dan, mostly big companies with deep pockets and connections.   That’s the double edge to the legalization to the billion dollar industry as big business will move in and make sure the flow of tax dollars get into government coffers.

Here in Canada; where our government has extradited legitimate business man Marc Emery, the Harper government struggles to reverse the will of most Canadians by trying to imitate Bush era neo-conservative views towards the legalization of marijuana where having more than six plants can lead to Draconian impacts on people’s lives, and bloating to the tax base by funding the processing, prosecution, and then housing of people.

What do you think Canada?  You can post your comments below.

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