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March 14, 2009

A Growth Market?

Is the pot market bucking the present economic trend? Or is it just that the current market debacle is encouraging more people to take advantage of pot's anxiolytic effects? Will those successful at growing for personal use be tempted to sell their surplus weed to their friends? Or to strangers?

Anyone living in the Bay Area is surrounded by evidence that "all of the above" is probably the best answer. My brand new copy of Atlantic, one of the few print magazines I still subscribe to, described an enterprise I had just become aware of: Oaksterdam University, a new addition to the the neighborhood where I started as a "pot doc" at the infamous (and long-shuttered "Third Floor" on Telegraph.

Sadly, the owner who recruited me to screen his potential customers back in November 2001, has just accepted a five year federal plea deal. Why he returned from Costa Rica is something I plan to ask him when I write. Just as I was reading about his plight, a one hour CNBC special on California's burgeoning new industry air began to air on the tube.

The thriving market is progress of a sort; not as neat or orderly as I would have preferred, but progress nevertheless. Hopefully pot will be legal before our seacoasts are under water.

Doctor Tom

Posted by tjeffo at March 14, 2009 07:44 AM