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Re: “Squeezed Out

Corporate Cannabis
Ted S. McGregor Jr. posses an excellent question in this (last) weeks Publisher´s Note (Squeezed Out: 2/14/13): If local medical marijuana entrepreneurs can´t beat the emerging recreational market, why not join it? Trust me, many local “gangapreneurs” would like nothing more than to do just that. In fact, transitioning into recreational markets was and integral part of most in the industry´s strategic planning. Here´s the rub: First, while Seattle and California based canna-business owners were making money hand-over-fist over the past decade, providers in Spokane have been hindered by unresponsive and apathetic politicians and ongoing interference on behalf of both local law enforcement and the DEA. If a business is unable to keep its doors open, it can´t make a profit – no profit, no long term business planning.
Next, most local cannabis producers cultivate their product in basements, attics, and outbuildings. Zoning regulations recently unveiled by the Spokane City Council and Planning Commission limit production and processing of cannabis to commercial and industrial zones. Due to political restrictions on our markets over the past few years, virtually no local providers are in a position to move their operations to an industrial warehouse.
Finally, members of the Liquor Control Board admitted at a recent meeting with City Councilmembers, that, in order to comply with prospective regulations, meet the price point estimate, pay the 25 per cent excise tax (and now, maybe even federal income taxes) and still turn a profit, an organization would have to put down a half a million dollars just to cover start up costs. Convincing legitimate investors to put their money into this industry is virtually impossible considering the risk involved. Furthermore, the board predicted that thousands of square feet and tens of thousands of plants will be required to compete in this emerging industry.
So, in conclusion, the answer to your question, Mr. McGregor, is they can´t.
Ian Moody
Hillyard

Posted by IanMoody on 02/13/2013 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Squeezed Out

Corporate Cannabis
Ted S. McGregor Jr. posses an excellent question in this (last) weeks Publisher´s Note (Squeezed Out: 2/14/13): If local medical marijuana entrepreneurs can´t beat the emerging recreational market, why not join it? Trust me, many local “gangapreneurs” would like nothing more than to do just that. In fact, transitioning into recreational markets was and integral part of most in the industry´s strategic planning. Here´s the rub: First, while Seattle and California based canna-business owners were making money hand-over-fist over the past decade, providers in Spokane have been hindered by unresponsive and apathetic politicians and ongoing interference on behalf of both local law enforcement and the DEA. If a business is unable to keep its doors open, it can´t make a profit – no profit, no long term business planning.
Next, most local cannabis producers cultivate their product in basements, attics, and outbuildings. Zoning regulations recently unveiled by the Spokane City Council and Planning Commission limit production and processing of cannabis to commercial and industrial zones. Due to political restrictions on our markets over the past few years, virtually no local providers are in a position to move their operations to an industrial warehouse.
Finally, members of the Liquor Control Board admitted at a recent meeting with City Councilmembers, that, in order to comply with prospective regulations, meet the price point estimate, pay the 25 per cent excise tax (and now, maybe even federal income taxes) and still turn a profit, an organization would have to put down a half a million dollars just to cover start up costs. Convincing legitimate investors to put their money into this industry is virtually impossible considering the risk involved. Furthermore, the board predicted that thousands of square feet and tens of thousands of plants will be required to compete in this emerging industry.
So, in conclusion, the answer to your question, Mr. McGregor, is they can´t.
Ian Moody
Hillyard

Posted by IanMoody on 02/13/2013 at 10:41 PM

Re: “The Middle Ground

Emerald City Sell-Out
I´m glad to see that the “Wizard of Oz” was able to step out from behind his curtain long enough to set up a booth in Riverfront Park (“The Middle Ground, 9/20/2012). Where were Kevin Oliver and Washington NORML when the DEA wiped out Spokane´s thriving medical cannabis industry? In Seattle and Olympia, no doubt, preparing to sell our markets out to the State and corporate America. Facing a combined excise tax of 75 percent, mom-and-pop don´t stand a chance against Seattle and California based businesses eager to exploit our sterile market if 502 passes this fall.
The Sensible Spokane Alliance is a mere 1,000 signatures shy of placing a measure on Spokane´s 2013 ballot which would license and regulate marijuana, bar local law enforcement from cooperating with the DEA, and make marijuana the lowest police priority. A similar measure passed in Seattle in 2003 rendering the Emerald City a veritable marijuana mecca. The same measure which the esteemed executive director of Washington NORML has opposed in Spokane for the past three years.
It´s important for the people of Spokane and Eastern Washington to know that critical steps were forgone on a municipal level in order to make way for I-502. There are other routes to legalization which do not include creating new criminals by imposing an arbitrary DUI limit nor excluding local entrepreneurs from capitalizing on a potentially multimillion dollar industry.
Ian Moody
Sensible Spokane Alliance, Chair
(509)251-1715
[email protected]
http://www.sdpdirect.org/Cannabis%20in%20Spokane-Regulation%20and%20Enforcement%203.pdf

Posted by IanMoody on 09/21/2012 at 2:03 AM

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