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Big Marijuana lobby fights legalization efforts
Politico

Talk about a buzz kill. Pot legalization activists are running into an unexpected and ironic opponent in their efforts to make cannabis legal: Big Marijuana.

Medical marijuana is a billion-dollar industry — legal in 18 states, including California, Nevada, Oregon and Maine — and like any entrenched business, it’s fighting to keep what it has and shut out competitors. Dispensary owners, trade associations and groups representing the industry are deeply concerned — and in some cases actively fighting — ballot initiatives and legislation that could wreck their business model.

That pits them against full legalization advocates, who have been hoping to play off wins at the ballot box last fall in Colorado and Washington state that established some of the most permissive pot laws in the world. Activists are hoping to pass full legalization measures in six more states by 2016.

Full legalization advocates, like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, say it’s all about the money. “There are people who are benefiting financially and would prefer to see nothing change that,” said Erik Altieri, communications director for NORML’s northeast chapter.

Le lobby qui a le plus milité pour décriminaliser la marijuana, aujourd’hui milite activement contre sa légalisation… Situation ironique, mais prévisible chez les gens qui ont peur de la compétition.

On a vu un peu la même chose avec les food trucks à Montréal. Le lobby qui s’est battu pour leur implantation a aussi réclamé dans la même foulée un nombre limité de permis et une réglementation impossible pour s’assurer de fermer le marché et limiter la compétition, de telle sorte que seulement quelques joueurs pourraient avoir accès à ce lucratif marché (à partir de 10 minutes). Pas question d’être compétitionné par d’humbles vendeurs de hot dog. Oui à la « bouffe de rue » mais seulement si cela profite à une petite élite.