Should California Crack Down on Unlicensed Pot Shops?
In the last year, California authorities have focused their efforts on raids on unlicensed cannabis shops and have seized $30 million in weed products. The legal industry leaders want even more enforcement to break the dominant cannabis black market in California.
In a great effort to completely eliminate illegal cannabis, Gov. Gavin Newsom approved fines of up to $30,000 per day against unlicensed marijuana growers, distributors and sellers.
In 2016, California voters approved Prop 64, which allows state-licensed firms to grow and sell weed for recreational purposes. Some thought this law would help California regulate the black market of weed.
But it seems many growers don't want to deal with taxes and regulations.
“The state had a year to create a new bureau to draft regulations and procedures to license the new cannabis market and state officials have acknowledged problems, including the refusal of most cities to allow cannabis sales, that have led to many fewer licenses than expected. High state and local taxes that add up to 45% to the cost of licensed cannabis have also stymied the legal market.”
Should California crackdown on the cannabis black market? What are the pros and cons of a pot shop having a legal license? Comment and tell us your opinion.
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