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July 24, 2008

More From the Gray Market

In a fortuitous coincidence, David Samuels’ long article on California’s burgeoning gray market for medical pot fleshes out my recent comments on the same subject while adding a note of verisimilitude with details I knew of only as abstractions.

However, true to the unwritten rules that seem to govern articles on medical use, he displays no curiosity about pot prohibition as a historical phenomenon, or the implications that our own government seems firmly committed to a destructive policy it refuses to discuss openly. An interview with Samuels tends to confirm that impression.

A third New Yorker item, one from their archives, may be the most significant: telephone delivery services, as pioneered by a New Yorker in the early Nineties could become the silver bullet that slays the werewolf of prohibition in California; not as a triumph of logic, but of greed. What defeated New York’s market in the Nineties had been the almost unlimited arrests authorized by Giuliani. Proposition 215 has shown that a liberal pot initiative can create a big enough gray market to (perhaps) allow man’s basic commercial instincts to grind out a win over his fear and greed.

But there's still a lot of denial that must be overcome...

Doctor Tom

Posted by tjeffo at July 24, 2008 07:17 PM