The Effect of Medical Marijuana on the Black Market
are fortunate in Oregon to begin exploring the effects
of a standardized program for Medical Marijuana. There
is a huge community of diverse patients whom many are
activists. Our Activist per capita rate is the highest
in the nation. The growth of the program has exceeded
expectations and is continuing this course.
Oregon was the first of this kind of State ran MMJ
program. The involvement of the state, namely DHS, in
the original writing has been considered landmark. Many
states have since used this model. It is one that is
still evolving and one we are still working to evolve.
It is from this groundwork that I can make these
introduction of Marijuana to the medical community has
changed the face of the black market. There has been
both an increase and reduction in great lengths to the
black market sales. The small increase is short lived by
the ability of the patient to grow their own, thus
reducing sales. There are many other factors that have
disrupted this once exclusive niche.
biggest change has come in the attitudes created by
patients. The average age of the consumer has changed to
a much older group. The medical user in general does
not support the black market. They are more concerned
with the quality, the history, and the content of their
medicine. They are demanding better, more defined
mmj community is open and sharing within their circle
which is the single biggest difference. Strains are
openly shared and given away. This was never done by the
commercial grower. Once the genetics are out, there is
no stopping them. The community is very effective at
circulating the genetics. We have heard of our strains
getting all over the world within just a couple of
weeks. It is amazing how this culture works, and how
quickly things are shared. This alone was a goal of
Stoney Girl Gardens; to produce new amazing genetics,
give them away, have them circulated on their own, and
make a change in the world.
Another affect was the sharing of good techniques. Now
the knowledge of the process and manufacture of medicine
is openly shared. Unfortunately there is way too much
information and product now available. .MMJ has become a
huge, legitimate income for many grow shops and authors.
Remember that the greatest growers and architects of our
past genetics did not write books. This opens the field
to many expensive snake oils and hardware.