Like booze during prohibition, confusing, sometimes conflicting laws have forced the production of marijuana today to be more bootlegging than legitimate industry. More "paranoid neighbor with the high electric bills" than "respected Chamber of Commerce dues-payer who employs 50." But that could soon change. And the country's first proposed cannabis factory could give us a glimpse of the future to come.
Gropech, an Oakland-based non-profit, wants to become the nation's first producer of assembly-line medical marijuana. Below, please enjoy the faux-British dude telling you all about Gropech's proposed 60,000 sq. ft., 30,000-plant factory that would puff out $50 million in pot every year.
Gropech's co-founder tells The Atlantic that his company wants to bring transparency to the process. And in an effort to make nice with the "legitimate" business community, he says they'll be hiring hundreds of union workers and reinvesting profits in the Bay Area. Gee, wonder if we could use some of those jobs.