Legal pot and legal cartels
Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
The argument for legalization runs like this: “the flow of money to the cartels is dramatically slowed down” by legalization.
Let me posit the following:
Suppose you have an organization that produces a commodity, but they can not legally market commodity in the area where its main consumers reside. Up to now the organization has been marketing the product through a black market. The business, up to now, is carried on a cash-only basis.
The organization has vast wealth at its disposal, in the billions of dollars, and therefore, a ready means for access to the best legal and business advice money can provide.
Now the previously closed market is open for legal business. Users can legally purchase it and pay with the credit cards. The target market is in an area where it is relatively easy (at least easier than in the organization’s country) to open a business. Banks welcome profitable businesses.
Do you really believe the organization is going to stay away? To not buy a bank? To not have lobbyists in Washington?
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