Now that Pot is legal in Washington and Colorado, the situation brings up some interesting legal and operational challenges for governments, businesses, and Pot growers.
But the key complication with turning grass into big business is that though states may give it the thumbs-up, it remains illegal at the federal level, creating a legislative gray area. …. Sellers of marijuana have no place to put the money they make. Because the drug remains federally illegal, banks can’t accept the profits from its sale; that would compromise their federal deposit insurance (FDIC) protection. Thus, growers and retailers will have to manage their income, their payroll, their bills and their taxes in cash. That makes it extremely hard, and dangerous, to run any business, let alone mirror the economies of scale enjoyed by Big Tobacco.
The people Colorado and Washington who will be smoking the ganja won’t really be concerned with these issues, but the folks producing and distributing it will have to ponder some of these issues. Or, they can just continue to run their dealings as they did before Tuesday: as a predominantly cash driven business where stacks of cash can be hidden in air ducts a la Walter “Heisenberg” White. All of these items are really minor challenges relative to the benefits folks are projecting to their state revenue and cost savings (i.e. local towns won’t need as many cops trying to bust marijuana dealers and smokers).
If I was the marketing manager for Cheetos or Bugles (and other munchies), I would heavy up the local marketing budgets in Colorado and Washington stat and target Boulder, Colorado Springs and other college towns.
This is grass. This is grass on my property. I never thought I would see the day.
During the week of July 4th, 2008, we finally bit the bullet and had our “grass” resodded. I put the word grass in quotes because to say that the stuff we had on our plot of land was grass is a big, big stretch. It was more like some form of green moss growth…it was terrible and made our property look like the Pigpen of the neighborhood.
So during the July 4th week, I stayed home and we had some landscapers come to our house, rip up the top layer of dirt across the whole property. They then dropped down a new layer of topsoil, they put down 45 lbs of grass seed, and then dropped hay all over the place.
We are now seeing real, actual grass growing on our property. Photos to be shared shortly.
The past few weeks have been somewhat unproductive inside the house for a variety of reasons. The things we have done have been minor and the rooms we are working on are not at a point to share photos yet. They are close, but not done yet. The kids bathroom needs some more paint. Our bedroom needs baseboards and furniture, although we did rip out the nasty carpets and have the floor sanded. The closet needs a light. And the master bath is probably the farthest along, but still needs baseboards and a frame around the window.
We have begun to venture outside to address the mess that is our front and back yards. We are seeing some accumulation of dampness and water on the ground at the back of the house and that is definitely a problem. We think that a lot of that problem simply has to do with poor drainage from the gutters on the house, so hopefully that will not be a big project. Lisa cleared out a ton of leaves that were near the house and that should help a great deal.
More photos to come.