February 1, 2018

Unintended Consequences: Pot > Organic vegetables

If you are a fan of organic vegetables and also pro-marijuana legalization, you may have to choose between the two, as to which you want to support.  In Canada, recreational marijuana is being legalized federally by the ultra-liberal government.  There are of course, unintended consequences.  In this case, you could have seen it coming:
...Greenhouse growers -- already coping with long-standing challenges such as foreign competition and thinning margins -- are facing added pressure from the rise of marijuana as a legal, commercial crop because it creates more competition for horticultural talent and higher profitability expectations for financing.

That leaves indoor farmers increasingly eyeing the more lucrative source of green.

"They're doing the math and saying: 'Hey, if I'm unable to get my prices up on my vegetables, then this marijuana thing and what they're paying for it... might help me average out'," said Joseph Sbrocchi, the general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.
Organic vegetables will increase in price, probably sharply as a result. It's basic supply and demand and that should have been a known consequence, not an unintended one.

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