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Some lawmakers are struggling so hard with marijuana regs because they want to subvert the will of the voters. The initiative means what it says. Everywhere across Alaska, politicians are standing up and claiming Alaskans didn't have a clue as to what they were doing when they voted to legalize marijuana. Yet, the ballot measure's title, without ambiguity, describes the scope of the initiative to "tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in Alaska." The proposition went on to define and delineate each of those three elements: production, sale and use.
The difference between registration and license is significant, and a change would virtually ensure a continued black market for marijuana. Alaska's hundreds of small micro growers who currently supply the bulk of black market marijuana in our state would likely register and meet reasonable regulations to become legal growers, while it is unlikely that the state would even give them permission if they had to ask for a license.
As things are shaping up, there will only be a very limited number of licenses, so most of those supplementing their incomes growing modest amounts of marijuana would remain outlaws and continue selling their crops to the black market. As is currently the case in Alaska's black market, which is a free if not open market, demand would limit supply or the price would fall and the profit margin would shrink as it has in Washington, and marginal growers would go out of business.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: AlaskanDad
It seems it is all about taxes and the difficulty in collecting from the "little guys" with private patches.
Those entities with an interest in going great guns with the business wnat to stop the little guys and so they "persuade" TPTB to help them get the law that they want. As usual again, it is all about money, not the little guy holding the short end of the stick.
On the other hand, overall drug dependence in actually slightly lower in Alaska than elsewhere, particularly among adults. Unfortunately, the NSDUH state-level data doesn't break out marijuana dependence separately. But one explanation for the lower dependency rate would be that Alaskans are substituting marijuana for more habit-forming drugs, like heroin or methamphetamines.