When recreational drugs are legal...

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  1. ballen0351

    ballen0351 Sr. Grandmaster

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    So once legal the price for marijuana will drop to tobacco levels?
     
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    $5 to $10 per pack? Actually, that could easily happen. If the strength is regulated and "generic" packs of 10 or 20 marijuana "cigarettes" are sold in stores, I wouldn't be surprised at all if that happens.

    Historically, what happens in situations like this is that the manufacturers and distributors try to identify a sweet spot in the price point and then tailor the product to meet that price. So, if $10 per pack ends up being the sweet spot for a pack, they'll in some way figure out how to market it at that price. Could be by making it a little less strong, by reducing the number of "cigarettes" per pack or by making them smaller.

    But that's all speculation... sort of a "how I'd do it" thing.
     
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    At the risk of incurring your wrath yet again I'd point out we have a lot of alcohol and tobacco crime here due to our proximity to countries where these are cheaper. We do have off licences being broken into quite often for the booze as well. The smuggling and illegal selling of cigarettes and alcohol is a rather old Custom of ours here. (there's a pun in there for the Brits :)) Cigarettes are also the currency in prisons for which some will do a lot of things one can't consider legal.
     
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    Grrr... yarrr!!!! Rawrrrrr! :)

    There is a black market for booze and cigarettes in the States as well, but most people purchase them legally through convenient retailers.
     
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    LOL, the borders are not so conveniently close either... ;)
     
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    This post from 2012 holds up pretty well. Only thing I didn’t account for was the almost direct line from OxyContin to heroin as a cheaper alternative.
     
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    There certainly appears to be a market for marijuana sold illegally in the states.
    There is also a market for 'self brewed' alcohol here. It is largely for selling higher alcohol volume (moonshine) and avoiding the federal excise tax of $13.50/gallon and the typical state tax of about 7%-15%. I have two good friends who are ATF and they say produced alcohol is living large in the south and east states.
    I assume there are black markets for branded alcohol and cigarettes as well but that would seem to be more of a buy (or steal) and sell venture not a produce and sell venture to me.
     
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    they should give them amnesty for the time being...so we can claim we use it to sanitize stuff, for which store bought booze is utterly useless!
    I think a lot of the make shine to stick it to the union...
     
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    I just went through most of this thread. Didn't remember it at first.

    I wouldn't touch this thread again with a ten foot blunt.
     
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    I don't recommend it. I was just bragging about how spot on I was 8 years ago.

    Now... where are those gun control threads...? :)
     
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    I think they got shoved into the basement upon closing123
     

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