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withathousandwordsunspoken asked: Ah yes, I was assuming you lived anywhere but NYC. Understandable. In Cali we have quite the opposite.

:D What part of Cali?

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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.

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withathousandwordsunspoken asked: Ummm, what is your issue with misdemeanors and weed?

My issue is that having a misdemeanor for intent to distribute marijuana (at least in how NYC applies its code) forces you to self-report on most job applications. Most of the people I know, and from what I can recall in many observations I’ve read about, sell weed because their job prospects are already pretty bad and they can’t seem to find a steady one that meets a realistic living wage. If many places (depending on the HR culture) are willing to toss out an applicant with a misdemeanor, and the reason the misdemeanor was incurred was because the person was unable to find another way to make ends meet, that seems to force him right back into the position in which he was when he incurred the misdemeanor… trying to make ends meet when job prospects don’t exist. It’s a cyclical system.