Friday, January 22, 2010

All The News That's Fit To Toke

Bright spot in publishing? A cottage industry of weed magazines is sprouting up in Southern California: "It's a young industry, where key players are still emerging, and the rules of engagement are fluid and often don't meet professional standards. The result is a Wild West moment: Full-page pot ads include copyrighted images of Marilyn Monroe, Homer Simpson and the Incredible Hulk — corporate properties unlikely to be licensed to a corner marijuana shop."

Nonetheless the emergence of this niche market creates "facts on the ground" -- commerce, jobs, taxes -- that make it much more difficult to go back on steps toward decriminalization.