Saturday, December 17, 2011

Home Grown Cannabis Legalized in Switzerland

This certainly is an effective backdoor method to ending the problem.  It outright eliminates the market itself, while retaining the illegality of the secondary market itself.  Obviously, a home grower can give surpluses away to needy friends rather easily and a new market is established in which the product is practically worthless.

On top of all that, extensive breeding has produced a range of good seeds and the resultant growing skills to easily produce ample product with a mere four plants.

If this turns out to work happily, then we can expect others to try this out.  Such subterfuges such as this may well finally end the ongoing prohibition.  Too bad we could not do this with all drugs generally in order to force a regulated market into place and end the bloodletting.  Ending the marijuana prohibition would at least decimate the potential user market available to the criminal syndicates.

Recall the huge gap between the end of alcohol prohibition(early 1930’s) and the onset of a developed marijuana market(late 60’s).  Cocaine and heroin still played out but at a terribly low level.

Prohibition does not work well for the nasties either but it is small enough that it will never distort the economy.

Switzerland Legalizes Growing Cannabis At Home

Old Hippie | Nov 18, 2011 |

Someone out there is finally getting it.

In order to combat the increasing illegal sales of cannabis in Switzerland, four of the seven French-speaking Swiss cantons (similar to states in the U.S.) will be allowing individuals to grow four cannabis plants at their home, starting in January 2012. The cannabis is only authorized for personal use and cannot be sold.

The cantons involved are Geneva, Neuchatel, Vaud (Lausanne) and Fribourg,according to this article (in French, see translation here). People can apply for permits to grow more than four plants.

We here at The 420 Times fully expect this new law to reduce crime and police expenses in Switzerland, and everywhere else this kind of progressive thinking comes to pass.

If four plants sounds a bit restrictive, remember two things: first, it’s still illegal to do this in most of the world (thanks to U.S. government intervention in everyone else’s business) and second, a properly done grow can yield some pretty spectacular results:


KP said...

Just like Canberra in Australia... where politicians and their fellow-parasites gather they have "different" laws to those they rule over.

So the UN internationalists living in Geneva will be able to enjoy a toke that would put the reast of us in jail!

InalienableWrights said...

Nothing has changed this is still a permission (as opposed to a right)that you must beg your masters for and can be taken away at any time.

Anonymous said...

I would not even bother getting a permit in switzerland. I know many people growing without a permit, and they never had a problem with the law, although they are open about it. Their neighbors and all their friends know, but don't care. I guess they are rather happy, because they normally give them something for free anyway. And switzerland is so liberal, when you don't grow it yourself you can just buy it in a hemp shop! Might be OFFICIALLY illegal, but Basel itself has more hemp shops than bakeries, telling me that the government does not really care, as long you pay your taxes. BTW, farmers in switzerland do not need subsidies either. They grow just pot instead!

Anonymous said...

And on top of that, the netherlands and switzerland are the two countries with the least mj consumption in europe as well. I guess once it is pretty much freely available (which is actually the case in those two countries) the interest to smoke is reduced almost by 50%. A legalization of mj therefore would most likely lead to only less consumption from the population. At the moment it is the tourists, who contribute to the additional sales, because they can't get it as easy in their own country. When the US would legalize mj, with the consideration of a 50% consumption only and a tax of 25% (could be raised to even 50% or more and still be the most lucrative crop) they would get around 120 billion USD per year, not considering the creation of jobs and hemp industry, which would contribute to the economy in addition. How do you keep the quality, distribution and price under control? Create a drug stock market, where everyone has to sell their weed too (to verify quality, amount and prepare for resale). With a 50% tax, revenues could be split between grower and the 'drug stock market' (put it under the control of the DEA and ATF, which are otherwise useless institutions anyway). This way everybody can take part in growing and is not limited to big pharmaceutical companies only. No license would be needed either, only the requirement that you have to sell it to the drug stock market, unless you grow for personal consumption. When you sell 'under the table' you should get fined your estimated sale. This way anybody would reconsider doing it again, due to the loss of all his profits. After all, when you have production cost of maybe one dollar per gram (should be even less), and sell an eight for 50$ or more (depending on quality), you still make immense cash.
23.25$ on a single buck cost! That's immense profit, even with a 50% tax! Using 50% tax, the governments revenue would be around 200 billions per year. (subsidies don't double). On top of that you would free a lot of people in jail just for mj. Anybody who is for keeping it illegal gotta be brain amputated and does not see the tree in the forest anymore! We would not need to import hemp fibers anymore either, for a wide variety of products! Why is paper made out of wood? It can only be recycled ONCE vs. hemp, which lasts until it gets to thin, and then you just merge it with another one. Hemp paper can be used until it is physically gone and not just once. And grows faster too than a tree! Clothes? It's better and more robust than cotton! Can replace plastic (Hemp pellets)! Can be used for fuel! Pretty much ANYTHING!

Anonymous said...

Even concrete with hemp fibers! Is stronger and lighter than regular concrete and gives the concrete some needed flexibility for roads or perfect for any kind of construction. The list would be never ending.

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