Talking About the Bigger Picture of California’s Legal Cannabis Industry

Cannabis growing in Humboldt County Credit Friends Of the Eel River

Are prohibitionary cities and counties unintentionally sanctioning the illegal cannabis market? Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen discusses this question with HDL‘s Cannabis Policy Advisor Mark Lovelace.

Legislation legalizing recreational cannabis in California provided robust local control by allowing cities and counties to chose their level of involvement with the new law. Given three options – to adpot the system as it, to modify as they see fit, or to opt out completely – the majority of municipalities chose to opt out of the legal cannabis industry. The result is a continuing illegal market without competition. Lovelace comments that “embracing a well regulated legal industry is the best solutions to cleaning up the illegal market.”

Read some coverage on the first year of California’s legal industry in this New York Times article, or this LA Times article.