Juan Bobo is in deep conflict over Puerto Rico’s new marijuana laws.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he told reporters in San Juan. “I love a doobie before lunch.” Still, Bobo sees a lot of danger for Puerto Rico under these new laws.
Agriculture needs a renaissance in Puerto Rico. It is currently only 1% of the insular economy, compared to 70% in the early 1900s.
But if marijuana leads the way in this process, and Puerto Rico makes a push for independence, it may be perceived as a “recreational” nation, rather than a hard-working people. For this reason other crops should lead the way.
Who really profits?
With agency heads shaking down contractors, and governors with their hand in everyone’s pocket, the growth of any major business in Puerto Rico, may require lobbyists and payoffs that are beyond the reach of working and middle class Puerto Ricans.
It would be a shame to see marijuana grown by rich people, and consumed by the poor.
An example to young people
If marijuana becomes a leading crop in Puerto Rico, what message does that send to our young people: especially if their minimum wage has been lowered to $5?
Are we telling them that “Work is for suckers…it’s better to sell marijuana and become a millionaire?”
How much “medicine” does one island need?
The IMC Corporation received the first marijuana grower’s license last week. They immediately announced that they will develop “over 100 marijuana products” which will come in many forms…
This seems like a lot of “medicine” for a medium-sized island. In their drive for profits and market share, does IMC need to saturate Puerto Rico with that many marijuana products?
Where is the money coming from?
For over a century, Wall Street has drained the island: squeezing profits from its soil and its people. It is therefore important to know who is financing and controlling this new industry.
IMC was financed by Pariter Securities, a wealth-management firm for high net worth individuals. It is entirely possible that these “high net worth individuals” are not from Puerto Rico.
IMC is also using an old PRIDCO building in Ponce, to grow and manage their business. In other words, they are making private sector use of a public property.
Are we now privatizing our public buildings and handing them to anonymous “high net worth” individuals, so they can grow marijuana and sell it to Puerto Ricans?
Will a black market develop?
Throughout the US, many heroin addicts sell their methadone pills…often right in front of the methadone clinic.
In Puerto Rico, this “medical marijuana” could feed a black market which is already upwards of $15 billion annually.
This black market will include the tourists who flock into John Paulson’s beaches and hotels, in search of an authentic island thrill.
All those young waiters in Paulson’s hotels – working for $5 an hour, thanks to Marco Rubio and the Financial Control Board – will gladly ply the wealthy tourists with marijuana pills, oils, creams, inhalants and vaporizers.
These waiters are not criminals. They will not even feel like criminals.
They will consider it their patriotic duty to inebriate the tourists, supplement their own $5 wages, and redress the indentured servitude imposed upon them by the US.
Come to think of it, maybe Juan Bobo is wrong.
Maybe this “medical marijuana” will bring some poetic justice to Puerto Rico.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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