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Monday, January 2, 2017

Legal Marijuana Systems Do Not Have To Be For Profit

Legal Marijuana Systems Do Not Have To Be For Profit


States are the laboratories of democracy, so let them experiment.

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this column misidentified one of the states that legalized non-medical marijuana sales.

As of last week, voters in California and seven other states have passed ballot initiatives to allow for-profit companies to produce, distribute and sell non-medical marijuana. With more than 65 million people living in states that have passed marijuana legalization, and a Gallup poll showing that 60% of the country supports legalizing marijuana use, national legalization may seem inevitable.http://www.npr.org/2016/11/20/502577270/investors-marketers-line-up-to-tap-legal-marijuana-around-u-s
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/us/politics/marijuana-legalization.html?mtrref=www.self.com&gwh=28A7CFB6C9C7B452196ACC68237FA640&gwt=pay

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/11/08/marijuana-legalization-recreational-medical-california-nevada-voters-decide/93483760/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/09/what-the-future-of-marijuana-legalization-could-look-like-under-president-trump/

http://www.gallup.com/poll/196550/support-legal-marijuana.aspx

As goes California, so goes the nation, right?

Not necessarily.

Consider what happened with medical marijuana. California was the first state to allow medical marijuana, starting nearly 20 years ago. Its approach was extremely loose — over time it became easy for essentially any adult to obtain a medical recommendation, and dispensaries abounded.https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_215,_the_Medical_Marijuana_Initiative_(1996)

Most states now allow some form of medical marijuana and some followed California’s approach — especially in the West — but others did not. For example, Massachusetts and New York implemented versions that restrict medical marijuana to people with serious medical problems and supply them via heavily regulated dispensaries.
http://www.compassionforpatients.com/medicine
https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/faq.htm

Will the story be the same with nonmedical marijuana? Or are the eight states that have passed initiatives to legalize non-medical sales — California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Maine, Colorado and Massachusetts  — blazing a profit-maximizing trail that others will follow?

To date, the debate about nonmedical marijuana in the United States has focused on a false dichotomy: Marijuana supply is either completely prohibited, or it is regulated like the commercial alcohol model in this country.

There are many ways to legalize marijuana supply besides the for-profit approach. I understand why some may be worried about creating an industry that will likely be incentivized to lobby against regulation and taxation to maximize profits. And if the marijuana businesses end up following the lead of alcohol companies, they will work hard to create and maintain heavy users, since they account for the vast majority of sales.
http://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE149.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/09/25/think-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/

So what are the other alternatives to prohibiting marijuana supply? One “middle-ground” option is to only allow home production and let growers to give it away. This is the model currently operating in Washington, D.C. Another option is to legalize — and potentially regulate — user co-ops where members can grow, share and trade with other members.

These approaches, however, won’t bring in much revenue for government. But even if that’s the goal, the market still doesn’t have to be opened to for-profit companies. Another middle-ground option is to limit production and/or distribution to a government monopoly, which would bring revenue into government coffers instead of benefiting corporations. A big reason this approach does not receive much attention in the United States — federal prohibition. A state choosing this option would be ordering employees to violate federal law.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/11/dea-marijuana-remains-illegal-under-federal-law/88550804/

The marijuana-sales market could also be limited to nonprofit organizations, perhaps those with a focus on public health or child welfare issues. Nonprofit is not the same as non-revenue — taxes can still be collected on marijuana sales. Again, there’s a potential federal wrinkle. The IRS may not want to give an organization federal nonprofit status if it is selling a federally prohibited drug for nonmedical purposes.
http://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchaprilmay-2014/nonprofit-motive/

While some states will likely go the profit-maximization route like California, others may be more comfortable with middle-ground options that reduce marijuana arrests and the size of the illicit market without creating a new industry. The middle ground could be a final destination or just a stop along the way to commercialization. If the nonmedical movement is anything like the medical movement, more state legislatures — and local governments — will soon be seriously debating marijuana policy.

While debates over legalization often mention state “experimentation” or states serving as “laboratories of democracy,” these terms are slight misnomers so far. In an experiment, one has to try different things and compare results. Yet every jurisdiction except Washington, D.C. is doing the same thing in focusing on for-profit suppliers.

To learn how various models affect social, fiscal, health and other outcomes, the federal government will have to make it easier for states to implement some middle-ground options. This does not require legalization at the federal level. Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at New York University, has argued that the federal government could create a waiver system that would keep marijuana prohibited at the federal level, but formally allow states to experiment with a number of policy options.
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jdpa.2013.6.issue-1/jdpa-2013-0001/jdpa-2013-0001.xml

Federal agencies could also support a clearinghouse for ideas and provide technical assistance to help state and local governments carefully consider all of the options and implementation issues confronting jurisdictions considering changes to their marijuana laws.

Of course, the federal response will be shaped by the priorities of the new administration, and at this early stage it is unclear what it will do about marijuana.

Tremendous uncertainty surrounds legalization, and every alternative to prohibition comes with trade-offs. But if federal officials duck the issue much longer, it may be too late to test out any other options. So even if it’s not the optimal choice, sitting on the sidelines could make national legalization with profit-maximizing marijuana companies inevitable.



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Legal Marijuana Systems Do Not Have To Be For Profit


States are the laboratories of democracy, so let them experiment.

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this column misidentified one of the states that legalized non-medical marijuana sales.

As of last week, voters in California and seven other states have passed ballot initiatives to allow for-profit companies to produce, distribute and sell non-medical marijuana. With more than 65 million people living in states that have passed marijuana legalization, and a Gallup poll showing that 60% of the country supports legalizing marijuana use, national legalization may seem inevitable.http://www.npr.org/2016/11/20/502577270/investors-marketers-line-up-to-tap-legal-marijuana-around-u-s
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/us/politics/marijuana-legalization.html?mtrref=www.self.com&gwh=28A7CFB6C9C7B452196ACC68237FA640&gwt=pay

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/11/08/marijuana-legalization-recreational-medical-california-nevada-voters-decide/93483760/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/09/what-the-future-of-marijuana-legalization-could-look-like-under-president-trump/

http://www.gallup.com/poll/196550/support-legal-marijuana.aspx

As goes California, so goes the nation, right?

Not necessarily.

Consider what happened with medical marijuana. California was the first state to allow medical marijuana, starting nearly 20 years ago. Its approach was extremely loose — over time it became easy for essentially any adult to obtain a medical recommendation, and dispensaries abounded.https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_215,_the_Medical_Marijuana_Initiative_(1996)

Most states now allow some form of medical marijuana and some followed California’s approach — especially in the West — but others did not. For example, Massachusetts and New York implemented versions that restrict medical marijuana to people with serious medical problems and supply them via heavily regulated dispensaries.
http://www.compassionforpatients.com/medicine
https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/faq.htm

Will the story be the same with nonmedical marijuana? Or are the eight states that have passed initiatives to legalize non-medical sales — California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Maine, Colorado and Massachusetts  — blazing a profit-maximizing trail that others will follow?

To date, the debate about nonmedical marijuana in the United States has focused on a false dichotomy: Marijuana supply is either completely prohibited, or it is regulated like the commercial alcohol model in this country.

There are many ways to legalize marijuana supply besides the for-profit approach. I understand why some may be worried about creating an industry that will likely be incentivized to lobby against regulation and taxation to maximize profits. And if the marijuana businesses end up following the lead of alcohol companies, they will work hard to create and maintain heavy users, since they account for the vast majority of sales.
http://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE149.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/09/25/think-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/

So what are the other alternatives to prohibiting marijuana supply? One “middle-ground” option is to only allow home production and let growers to give it away. This is the model currently operating in Washington, D.C. Another option is to legalize — and potentially regulate — user co-ops where members can grow, share and trade with other members.

These approaches, however, won’t bring in much revenue for government. But even if that’s the goal, the market still doesn’t have to be opened to for-profit companies. Another middle-ground option is to limit production and/or distribution to a government monopoly, which would bring revenue into government coffers instead of benefiting corporations. A big reason this approach does not receive much attention in the United States — federal prohibition. A state choosing this option would be ordering employees to violate federal law.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/11/dea-marijuana-remains-illegal-under-federal-law/88550804/

The marijuana-sales market could also be limited to nonprofit organizations, perhaps those with a focus on public health or child welfare issues. Nonprofit is not the same as non-revenue — taxes can still be collected on marijuana sales. Again, there’s a potential federal wrinkle. The IRS may not want to give an organization federal nonprofit status if it is selling a federally prohibited drug for nonmedical purposes.
http://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/marchaprilmay-2014/nonprofit-motive/

While some states will likely go the profit-maximization route like California, others may be more comfortable with middle-ground options that reduce marijuana arrests and the size of the illicit market without creating a new industry. The middle ground could be a final destination or just a stop along the way to commercialization. If the nonmedical movement is anything like the medical movement, more state legislatures — and local governments — will soon be seriously debating marijuana policy.

While debates over legalization often mention state “experimentation” or states serving as “laboratories of democracy,” these terms are slight misnomers so far. In an experiment, one has to try different things and compare results. Yet every jurisdiction except Washington, D.C. is doing the same thing in focusing on for-profit suppliers.

To learn how various models affect social, fiscal, health and other outcomes, the federal government will have to make it easier for states to implement some middle-ground options. This does not require legalization at the federal level. Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at New York University, has argued that the federal government could create a waiver system that would keep marijuana prohibited at the federal level, but formally allow states to experiment with a number of policy options.
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jdpa.2013.6.issue-1/jdpa-2013-0001/jdpa-2013-0001.xml

Federal agencies could also support a clearinghouse for ideas and provide technical assistance to help state and local governments carefully consider all of the options and implementation issues confronting jurisdictions considering changes to their marijuana laws.

Of course, the federal response will be shaped by the priorities of the new administration, and at this early stage it is unclear what it will do about marijuana.

Tremendous uncertainty surrounds legalization, and every alternative to prohibition comes with trade-offs. But if federal officials duck the issue much longer, it may be too late to test out any other options. So even if it’s not the optimal choice, sitting on the sidelines could make national legalization with profit-maximizing marijuana companies inevitable.



Pro Deo et Constitutione –
Libertas aut Mors Semper Vigilans Fortis
Paratus et Fidelis
Joseph F Barber

https://www.facebook.com/FREEDOMORANARCHYCampaignofConscience
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