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Re: “Today in weed: Decriminalization initiatives on the move in Columbia, Wichita

THE ECONOMICS OF KANSAS CANNABIS
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Wichita is the nearest major metro to Denver that is not in Colorado. We are the largest city in Kansas... a state with a 200 mile rural border with Colorado, a much smaller population, and the owners of the biggest most heavily trafficked interstate into Denver for the entire eastern US. We now have a giant bill to pay dealing with the increased cost of law enforcement and increased # of people in Jail due to Colorado going legal. We also get to pay for people from other states (who don't pay Kansas state taxes) attempting state-to-state smuggling by passing through Kansas and getting caught in Kansas, and becoming an expense to our taxpayers but not a payer of our taxes. Even our biggest law enforcement effort will be futile at stopping it. Only a very small fraction will be caught. This will make it the safer way to get the product for Kansans who use it. This will make smuggling the less risky option for the illegal growers in Kansas who previously supplied it. And the dealers who wholesaled it.

An illegal local black market does keep the money in our local economy. What this does is take it out of our local economy and put it directly in the pockets of someone in Colorado. Denver is also one of the top 3 places to move for Wichitans, isn't it bad enough that they have the Mountains and the High now? Kansans who use pot will be more inclined to move west. Because that trend has already nationally emerged. And more so in Wichita because people are 80% more likely to relocate to a city that is under 8 away by car (people like to know that they can drive back home in a day to see their friends and family). It doesn't take a Keynesian economist to see that due to our proximity, the biggest loser to come out of Colorado legalization will most certainly be Kansas.

When will our citizens have enough foresight to realize that in order to remain fiscally conservative we must accept this social and societal sea change, lest we be consumed by it?

Did we learn nothing from Oklahoma opening up a line of Casino's along the border to bleed Kansans (and Wichitans especially) dry? Do you remember what happened? We voted no because of "morality" and "social conservatism" for years while our neighbors to the south built stacks of the cash we earned here until we were fiscally forced to accept a casino, and we accepted it after kicking and screaming for a decade.

Once we built the Kansas Star... the money is finally coming back from Oklahoma. Today, the vast majority of us now recognize building the casino was a good decision. We can see and feel the effect the added revenue coming back to our state has added to our quality of life. You see, people in Kansas wanted to gamble. And we were going to do it next door until we could do it at home.

The same is true about weed. Whether you like it or you hate it it is only a matter of time until you are going to be forced to accept it. Here in a town of 300k we have 13,000 people facebook "like" the local head shop ( 42Below ). Use facebook as your barometer.. comparatively speaking only 5,000 like MobileComm, only 4,000 people like the warren theater. 9,000 like the Wichita Thunder.

The sooner we come to terms with the economic facts that come along with the inevitability of nationwide legalization the less we will be hurt by the states we are surrounded by that do. If we don't do what Colorado has done, we will be sponsoring their growth trend with our new recession.

Kansas... get past your outdated views on this. We have to join our neighbors to the west and ride their uptrend... or reject it and get ridden by it.

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Posted by vote on 12/27/2014 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Dana Wright, half of KMBZ's Dana & Parks show, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Between Dana and Parks they give out so much poor advice I'm surprised the station hasn't been sued for liability. Talk about the blind leading the blind how about the ignorant, immoral, inexperienced, incompetent leading the masses? It' just irresponsible to give them a radio station to broadcast into the ears of KC.

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Posted by FedUp on 12/27/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

back to the drawing board with this one there still is an empty spot on mission and roe where s development project went wrong.

Posted by Kcmo on 12/27/2014 at 12:51 AM

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