We often hear about states not having enough marijuana supply for customer demand when they initially legalize cannabis. But it turns out after a few years, you may be growing a lot more than you need.
New reports say that the state of Oregon is producing as much as three times more marijuana than they consume. For most things, this wouldn't really be a problem because you can export your excess crops to other states. But selling cannabis to other states is illegal due to federal laws against the drug. So instead, these excess marijuana crops are ending up on the black market, which is exactly what legalization is supposed to prevent.
According to U.S. Attorney Billy Williams in Oregon, overproduction is leading to an export of the drug to non-legal states. Williams claimed that the Department of Justice seized cannabis from 16 different states that originated in Oregon. He also claimed they seize over 2,600 pounds of marijuana intended for sale in other states.
"This lucrative supply attracts cartels and other criminal networks into Oregon and in turn brings money laundering, violence, and environmental degradation," Williams said, without really any evidence to back up his point.
Of course, the easiest solution to this problem would be for the entire country to legalize the drug, that way growers could export their crops and it wouldn't be an issue. Alternatively, Oregonians could start smoking three times as much cannabis as it already does.
Basically, this doesn't seem like that big of a problem.