Guess what? They're not going away. If they're making money hand over fist selling it when it's illegal then why would they stop when it's legal? They're going to easily be able to undercut commercial pot.
The ONLY way to make them go away is to either make them the official dealers...in which case they're all for it. OR we have to have a war on drugs to end all war on drugs so it will no longer be profitable or wise to sell illegal pot.
people should grow their own
“OR we have to have a war on drugs to end all war on drugs so it will no longer be profitable or wise to sell illegal pot.”
Zero chance of that happening (or at least, zero chance of it succeeding) - that war would be more unpopular than the Vietnam war.
That's why the mob is still operating speakeasies with booze run in from Cuba or Canada.
“Guess what? They’re not going away. If they’re making money hand over fist selling it when it’s illegal then why would they stop when it’s legal? They’re going to easily be able to undercut commercial pot.”
Exactly, just like all the illegal tobacco folks buy all the time instead of the commercial stuff... (rolls eyes) Don’t tell me there’s not enough money in it, with a pack of cigarettes going for over $10 a lot of places these days.
The fact is that the only extra cost legit growers face is taxation, but they don’t have the cost of mitigating law enforcement, or transporting the product from outside the country. It’s also likely that legally grown pot is higher quality and not coated in insecticide...or paraquat (remember that?).
Another thing for you to chew on is that in most states where it’s been legalized, it’s allowed to just grow it yourself. That pretty well takes care of any cost related argument you might make...