withathousandwordsunspoken asked: Ah yes, thanks for explaining. I was truely curious. Of course there are other ways then selling weed to make ends meet. Perhaps people should start looking at other options. There are tons of government programs and group homes for people in need. They could even start up a lawn buisness or do some kind of labor. But of course, that is just my biasness talking, working with the sheriffs department and all.
I understand how that may be more prevalent in a suburban neighborhood, but in urban environments, especially dense ones like NYC, self-employment by legal means is costly, highly controlled by city government, and open to numerous costly liabilities and start up expenses. Government programs hardly suffice when you live in a city that is 4X more expensive than the rest of the country, and group homes are crowded and honestly more concerned about people deeply entrenched in generational poverty. And of course, living in a city, lawns don’t really exist, lol. All of this, of course, is not even with the complications of racial background and geographic bias in the city. The weed market is, sadly, a lot more easy to enter and perpetuate option. I think giving people that are in these positions options to get entry into livable wage employment might be the best strategy on a shallow level.