Pubdate: Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Source: News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS)
Copyright: 2018 Transcontinental Inc.
Author: Sterling MacDonald


To the editor,

Bootleggers in Pictou County sell beer at double the price because of
all the risks involved. Marijuana is mostly supplied by organized
crime. These people face all the risks of the bootlegger and more.
There have been murders, kidnappings, torture, etc., all in the quest
for control of the marijuana trade.

Is it any wonder why their prices are so high? The reasons they risk
life and limb is that the profits are astronomical.

Marijuana is one of the cheapest, easiest and maintenance-free plants
to grow. Can someone please explain how the government-sanctioned
marijuana distributors came up with such exorbitant prices when their
entire operation is "risk free." Marijuana on the street is the very
same marijuana that the government distributors sell but their prices
don't reflect this.

Bootlegged marijuana: one gram - $10; 28 grams/one ounce - $150; one
lb./454 grams - $1,500.

Government-sanctioned distributor: one gram - $10 plus tax; 28 grams -
$280 plus tax; one lb. - $4,540 plus tax.

As you can see, the more you buy on the street the cheaper it is,
however, the government-sanctioned distributors offer no such
discount. Most people, like myself, who require medical marijuana
cannot afford to pay these exorbitant prices. The all-inclusive price
of growing one pound of marijuana is approximately $50. Go Figure!

Sterling MacDonald

RR1 Trenton
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