If you want a bottle of liquor where I live, you can buy it only in a state store. That works. And some states might choose that model for cannabis. The notion that state stores are “impossible”? Many folks who find absolute certainty in the law are not lawyers — and don’t focus on prosecutorial discretion, now in play already, as noted below. UPDATE: State universities in Louisiana have formally applied to the state to grow cannabis: Details are at https://newrevenue.org/2016/06/26/4815/.
Marijuana Under President Sanders
Posted: 09/29/2015 1:10 pm EDT Updated: 09/29/2015 1:59 pm EDT
Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, is soaring in the Presidential polls. With marijuana laws in flux, Sanders reportedly “will consider” outright legalization. It’s natural to ask: What, exactly, might socialist marijuana laws look like?
Socialism can mean government ownership of all businesses. Now Senator Sanders wouldn’t go nearly that far. But there’s a baby step of government ownership: State [cannabis] stores. State stores distribute alcohol responsibly today in many states. In Senator Sanders’s Vermont, privately-owned retail locations “sell spirits for the State.”
Unleashing the power of the free market to innovate and to please in most consumer businesses — that’s hard to argue with. But when it comes to intoxicants, “the private profit motive . . . makes inevitable the stimulation of sales.” That warning, about liquor, comes from the classic 1933 Rockefeller report, Toward Liquor Control. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was the opposite of a socialist, Continue reading “President Sanders and State Marijuana Stores”