Look out wine tourism, Kush Tourism is coming. As a tourism based company, we are excited about the potential of the Adult Use Marijuana Act in California!
As November 8th draws nearer, those in California wait anxiously to see what outcome becomes of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), also known as Proposition 64.
The act, if passed, would legalize recreational use and taxation of marijuana throughout the state, and if like us, you’re surprised to hear about opposition to this measure in such a progressive state, you’ll be shocked to hear who it is that is opposed!
While big industries like pharma will always be against legalization, they are not the only ones speaking out against Prop 64. Pharma lobbyists are joined current legal marijuana producers and processors as some of the people who are most against legalization, and it is for selfish and despicable reasons.
Legal growers would prefer to maintain the status quo, because they can operate with extraordinarily loose regulation, and if legalization is passed in a few weeks they will be forced to operate with significantly more environmentally conscious methods, which can be outrageously more expansive.
California growers have been living in the Wild West, and playing by their own rules in regards to water usage and use of pesticides. In recent years, the state has been having serious droughts, and growers continue to use any water they can get their hands on, unregulated. If AUMA passes (Which we sincerely hope it does!) the cannabis marketplace will not only become significantly safer, but products will also face greater scrutiny than the little-to-none that they currently undergo in regards to testing and safety.
While only about 30% in the group of about 750 registered members of the California Growers Association support legalization, and we feel like the rest should be ashamed of themselves. By prioritizing their potential profits ahead of not only their environmental impact, but also the safety of their products for millions of users, this is not only greedy, but downright dangerous.
As we wait with baited breath, nobody is more anxious about the outcome of the vote as the current growers. While they have a lot to gain or lose, we at Kush Tourism know that if AUMA is passed, there will be a wide variety of investors in one of the country’s largest states who will have the financial stability to not only profit off the budding recreational industry, but do so even with playing by the more environmentally friendly rules.
Only time will tell what the outcome will be in a few weeks, but let’s keep rooting for widespread legalization of cannabis, not only in California, but the rest of the country as well!