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0842, 15 Aug 18

Managed Economy = Barren Shelves

Every time.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s largest legal marijuana market is struggling.

Illicit sales continue to thrive. A shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana deliveries in cities that have banned pot sales could lead to a courtroom fight.

A Los Angeles hearing Tuesday provided a window into the state’s emerging cannabis economy, in which early enthusiasm for broad legal sales has been followed by anxiety and frustration across a swath of the industry.

The state’s top marijuana regulator, Lori Ajax, said after the hearing that the state remains in a challenging transition period as it attempts to transform what was once a largely illegal market into a multibillion-dollar, regulated economy.

Putting aside whether or not you think pot should be legal, this is a case study of the free market. Instead of just making pot legal and letting the private sector bring it to market, California chose to heavily regulate the market from growing to distribution to consumption. The result was inevitable… barren shelves and a blossoming black market. Government bureaucrats trying to manage a market will never be as successful or efficient as millions of people making independent decisions in a free market.


0842, 15 August 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Curse of socialism strikes again.

    When lefties find out socialism is destroying drug supply, they may become capitalists!

    That is: if their brains cells are not destroyed by drugs and intersectional politics.

  2. jjf

    Kevin, if you read what Owen posted, Owen got it right:  Yes, the drug producers were good little capitalists and made a “blossoming black market.”

    But I guess a “black market” isn’t really quite the same thing as a “free market,” so unless Owen’s asking for legalization free of regulation and taxation…

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    I just find it hilarious that liberals turn into rabid flag waving capitalists when it comes to their drug supply….should we just lace all other aspects of society with Marijuana to destroy the liberal disease of socialism?

    Society would definitely benefit.

  4. jjf

    I don’t know about you, but I smell it all the time. Society is already laced.

    My drug dealer just sold me a pair of Allen Edmonds.  I don’t know what he laced them with, but I’ve been tripping all day.

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