How legalization will effect small growers all depends on the types of regulations states choose to put into effect. For instance, under the current medical marijuana law in Michigan a grower is limited to growing for himself and five other patients--a total of seventy-two plants (twelve per person).
Clearly legalization will take the big money out of small operations. Unlike the booze industry, however, I don't see quite the centralization. And even with much of the alcohol industry is centralized, there remains a clear market for individual wineries and specialized microbrewers of beer. Also there is a dedicated home-brewing culture. Small growers that are particularly good will always have a niche.
Besides the ballot measure in California, if all works out legalization will be on the ballot in Oregon and Washington as well.
Interesting to note, when Montana legalized medical marijuana in 2004, they also voted for George W. Bush. Bush received around 60 percent of the vote but marijuana out-polled him. Flash forward 4 years to 2008. Obama took Michigan with around 60 percent of the vote. Medical marijuana out-polled him as well! When are the politicians going to crunch the numbers on this one?
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