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Re: “Lifting cannabis restrictions is not a ‘pot of gold’ ”

Editor, Times-Advocate:

Olga Diaz should create an oversight committee for pot shops at least if done right the city will make money. The problem with pot shops is that you’re dealing with  a substance that is easily grown and shipped and unmarked or taxed as alcohol is. 

The state in all its glory thought they would make billions by legalizing it which only increased the illegals market making millions for growers and brokers. When you walk into a cannabis shop you don’t see tax stickers on the containers, it’s a cash business and who knows what the books look like? There needs to be accountability from the grower / source to the counter sales, inspections, tax collections and records to assure the municipalities are getting their share as well as the state. 

Whoever set up the current process  had no brains as to what was involved or how to enforce the laws. These idiots never involved law enforcement as to regulating it outside of licensing enforcement. It’s the drug officers who know the process who can build a tight accountability system and make the tax money possible.


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One response to “Letter to the Editor: MAKING TAX MONEY POSSIBLE FROM POT”

  1. Mike Trent says:

    Not A Pot Of Gold. Deciding on allowing a cannabis industry within Escondido is not a simple topic with choices limited only to retail sales. Retail sales of cannabis is but one way of generating revenue for the city, it is but one link in that market chain. The City of Escondido needs to grow its economy, fill vacant commercial buildings with tenants and create job. There are vacant industrial buildings that could host indoor grow operations, packaging facilities and testing labs. All of these operations require licenses to operate and are tightly regulated by the state under prop 64. Many of these operations require talented and skilled labor. Such operations would generate rental income from tenants, jobs for our citizens, various licensing fees for the city as well as tax revenue. The added income also means that those workers will spend money at local stores and restaurants. Of those workers living within Escondido, the city will see even greater multiplication of the money spent within the local economy.

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