Oakland Considers Building Giant Marijuana Factories
July 21, 2010
(Chattahbox) Oakland – California’s most pot-friendly city, Oakland, is considering allowing four huge marijuana-growing factories to set up shop within their area, the L.A. Times reports.
It may sound unusual, but the operation’s 371 job openings and minimum annual taxes of $1.5 million would be hard for any city to pass up in the current economy.
Smaller medical marijuana providers, who have faced the risk of federal prosecution for years, complain that making factory-farms the legal model is unfair to them. Others argue that mid-sized pot farms can be dangerous, citing issues such as electrical fires and increased rates of violent crime.
Oakland is eager to vote on the proposal right away, in order to keep other cities from being the first to claim this idea for themselves.
It seems politicians are finally catching on to the idea that they could make a fortune off of regulating and taxing marijuana, similar to the profits they already make off of far more dangerous and pervasive drugs, such as cigarettes and alcohol. As we all know, money speaks, particularly to the government. A voter initiative to legalize marijuana has been approved by state officials to be placed on California’s November ballot.