hot chick smokin a marijuana blunt

According to a recent Reuters poll, 48% of California voters support Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana state-wide. Here at Humboldt County News, we are actually quite surprised by this. We really thought that it would take a few years before voters pass this kind of measure. Of course, the survey only polled 600 voters, so it is by no means an accurate representation of the entire state, but it still raises concerns for the marijuana industry in California.

Associated Press reported today that marijuana prices would nose dive to ridiculous lows if the substance becomes fully legalized in the state. They claim that pot could end up selling for $38 per ounce before state-mandated taxes.

And that, of course, is absolutely ridiculous. There are few growers who can produce marijuana for less than $75 per ounce, and the vast majority of growers are probably spending $100-$180 on each ounce of bud they produce. Granted, that is for top quality weed, not the mass-produced crap that we can only assume the major tobacco companies and other large corporations will eventually manufacture on a large scale once pot really is legalized in California.

But this whole thing leads into another, very interesting area of California's marijuana culture. We have been keeping quiet around here for the past year, taking a cue from the (sometimes aggressive and threatening) readers who have commented on many of our posts. But to hell with you idiots, we gotta report on what's really going on here in Humboldt County.

Pot plant in Humboldt County indoor grow room

Pot growers here in Humboldt, at least those with some business sense, are suddenly finding themselves having very capitalistic, even republican-esque, thoughts about Prop 19. There is no question that all-out legalization will change the economic landscape of the marijuana market. No doubt, many well-funded and large-scale growers already have plans for how to expand their businesses once legalization finally happens. And it's all about money, right? But look at Humboldt County, where, like many other parts of California, small-time growers are making serious money. We've already covered the numbers behind pot growing in other posts, so we won't get into that here. We'll just remind you that growing pot, if you actually have a clue what you're doing, can bring in profit margins of 300%, easily. That means for every $10,000 it costs to grow, the best growers are making $30k profit, and for many of them, that happens six times per year, and most don't bother paying income taxes.

Anyway, lots of growers are planning to vote against Prop 19 because it threatens their livelihood. If everyone suddenly has to go legit, and turning a profit becomes a matter of running a profitable business according to state laws, these little guys who are currently running lucrative black-market operations will quickly be pushed out by professionals who have the capital to open up 100,000 square-foot marijuana production facilities, bringing the prices down and making up for the margin difference with sheer quantity.

From what we have been hearing among some of the grower circles here in Humboldt, some people think it won't affect anything, while most are worried about the futures of their gardens, worried that it simply won't be worth it to grow pot in their homes anymore.

So we ask you, the readers of this blog who still subscribe to our RSS feed or stop by to see what kind of crap we're publishing, to weigh in on this topic. Do you think prices will change much? Do you think legalizing will actually put an end to tax-evading indoor growers who are the bane of Humboldt's law-abiding citizens' lives? Growers, we invite you to cuss at us and make violent threats! I mean, you're going to do it anyway, right?

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By Grower, on Jul 8, 2010 - 23:25
It will take time to happen like that, people will always pay for good quality and theres no way mass produced shit can compete with humboldt headies.

New Amsterdam?

By john, on Jul 10, 2010 - 3:16
We already have the quality and the quantity. Hopefully, the local municipal governments will seize the opportunity to permit a legitimate stoner tourist industry to develop. Cafes and shops on the waterfront? Maybe even a growers union.

By 66Biker, on Jul 12, 2010 - 8:10
Personally, I don't really care about the street prices, the black market, or political ideologies associated with pot. If pot actually becomes legitimately legal to grow, possess, and or smoke, I will grow my own. Within legal limits, of course, and finally be able to have safe, legal, and free pain killer for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. (In other words, nerve damage due to diabetes.)

By Scott, on Jul 18, 2010 - 16:37
Does everybody forget that pot cound be grown in the central valley in the forms of thousands of acers lined up like corn. A farmer could grow very good pot and not have to pay for the indoor electric bill, weather it be pg&e or diesel

By Peter, on Jul 18, 2010 - 21:52

That's true, but you simply can't get the same kind of quality growing outdoors as you can indoors. I don't see how your scenario is any different than what's already happening in Mendocino and Southern Humboldt, people grow thousands of plants each summer, individual growers yield hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds, but it certainly doesn't ruin the market for really high quality indoor bud. Clearly, you aren't a smoker ;)

By Sam, on Aug 27, 2010 - 20:50
You mentioned how outdoors cannot compare in quality to indoors? That is VERY arguable.

By Daniel, on Sep 3, 2010 - 6:19
I think it would make some much needed healthy competition. Im in tn so good quality is hard to come by in fact i cycle through sellers alot looking for just descent mid bud. But thats not my point. Basically i feel like there are still gonna be people too lazy to grow who will buy from suppliers. And if its accessible and legal id definitly buy indoor hydro over regular crap tobacco companies will no doubt put out. Bud has many different smells tasts and highs the quality growers will be reconized and prices shouldnt fluxuate too much, for supply and demand. Ive paid outrageous prices for cigars and im told those were not all that expensive so id like to think its like anything else. Plus humble county could be such a hotspot for turism im sure the small proffesional growers would more than make up their profit margin.

By Paul E. Ester, on Sep 7, 2010 - 1:44
Not sure why anyone ignores the export market. The whole country is about to get flooded with kind bud.

By freebird218, on Sep 7, 2010 - 20:27
Wish some of that would flood my way. It's not my first bar-b-q, if you're game I'll buy you fly. Minnesota money, yo. hit me up at my gmail address, which is my name at gmail dot com.

By kcKindbud, on Sep 12, 2010 - 7:46
freebird218 u got the right idea lol

By asara, on Nov 5, 2010 - 19:54
I'm personally glad it didn't pass.I don't know if i want alot of tourism in Humboldt county.I like that its a very private tight knit community.I want to keep it that way.I don't like that it was worded badly and going to take the market away from small business.It's the only way people are surviving up here.The economies too bad right now to risk losing the last job market that there is in Humboldt.

By oldstoner, on Dec 15, 2010 - 0:03
Anything is better than home invasions, rapes, or worse. In front of ppl's children. Please elimnate the black market as soon as possible.

By Ken, on Dec 19, 2010 - 16:46
Although all of us would like to think it will remain the same,prices that is the market black and white will change will change once legal but I and u will not go to jail for having the joy of consumption of cannabis in any form what would be best is for growers with large space to grow hemp for the production of paper,fuel,seeds,will be the future of our loved plant.

By nongrower, on Dec 24, 2010 - 16:03
there is no money in hemp production. at least not compared with pot production! even if it becomes legal, it will probably still be more valuable to grow pot than hemp.

your highness

By william, on Jan 28, 2011 - 18:50
of course it will change. Back in my day, a lid only cost ten dollars! And that's the way God intended it!


By brett, on Mar 10, 2011 - 12:06
I'm trying to go out to northern cali to purchase hydro but have no connects. I'm a white male who's legit & a college student. Just lookin to test out the real cali tree. Anyone plz get back to me with help? Much appreciated. God bless**

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By ms, on Mar 18, 2011 - 18:41
there is so maney werhouse opps here a lot of foks that hav many years of expereance that are now only producing og ive seen numbers as low as 2300 a unit how ever the meadian price is 2500 /2800 what is that doing too the hum. market were will the bottom be also the centrel vally is emerging as a power house in the dayly market ive been around for over 10 years ive never seen thease record braking numbers what is two com were is are bissness going and will we b able 2 saport are familys im in aww whats next

pot head

By f mo, on Mar 19, 2011 - 5:59
question,if you are buying afgoo or trainwreck from a grower outdoor what is a fair price for a lb ?

By turtlecry, on Apr 27, 2011 - 17:45
Isn't some of the cost of production attributable to the fact that it's produced on the sly? Wouldn't it make sense that production costs would decrease if the plants could be grown in ideal places and conditions as a regular crop? It seems to me there's less to be threatened by in making it legal than not.

By Mr green jeans, on Mar 1, 2012 - 22:34
I buy outdoor bud the Seq. Ana. in Sac labs says is 17%
Good soil, good strains ,& good farmer can match indoor anytime... Bet on it.. I do and have for twenty years


By Illy, on Aug 6, 2012 - 17:28
Look how the tobacoo companies are monopolistic, and put chemicals like FSC on their products. Legalization would only allow the product to become corrupt. Little kids buying it underage then driving in their beaters and trashing other drivers because its just to instense.

If home invasion is your problem just hire a guard with all that extra black market cash. Im an ex marine and would gladly do the job for anyone smart enought to contact me.

Ive never missed a shot. Ill*.ium mill*.ium

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