Reader Mail: Let Florida Make Money Off Weed

Weed Millionaires

It's an insider's game: It's great that people are gearing up to profit off legalized medical marijuana in Florida ("How to Become a Marijuana Magnate," Francisco Alvarado, April 24), but the truth is that unless you are cultivating a strain with a legitimate medical market, like the Charlotte's Web strain that can cure epilepsy, the state probably already has someone else in mind for whatever licenses will be available. And I don't doubt the government regulators or drug companies will steal everything that is remotely close to curing anything like Charlotte's Web. James G

Show up to vote: God bless Florida for moving toward legalized weed! But before you can profit, everyone has to show up to the polls in November to vote yes. Janice Poole

Beware the fakes: A grad student from UC Davis who was working on a PhD in agricultural science recently tested 17 samples of so-called medical marijuana in California, and 100 percent of it was synthetic fakes. It's like that Chilean sea bass you paid $40 for at the Forge, but you actually had $9 Atlantic grouper. The buds are grown to look like marijuana and then dried, sprayed with imitation THC, and sold to the sheep for $17 per gram. The proof is there for all to see if you know the difference. The lab test proved it's a big scam right now. That's why these cats are selling books and going on the talk circuit about how to profit off this movement. Sedona Sherpa

Get ready for Big Weed: Silly people. As if Washington and the tobacco industry are going to allow anyone else to control this cash cow once it's legalized. Cary Gonzalez

Gun Showdown

Mickey Mouse is the real criminal: Disney sues more people in a year than Glock ever will over trademark infringement ("Shot Through," Trevor Bach, April 24), even if Glock's targets are mostly toy gun makers. I used to work in a grocery store bakery, and we used to have to tell customers that we could not draw or copy a Disney character on their kids' birthday cakes because of threats of lawsuits. News Dog

No sympathy for lawbreakers: The bottom line is that toy gun-maker Vico Confino's business was illegal. He made a profit using designs and trademarks that did not belong to him. He should have obtained a license from Glock before he started manufacturing and selling the replicas. It's the law. This is a biased, ignorant, and irresponsible article. Exiliado

Hipster anti-gun propaganda: You sound like you are taking the side of the counterfeiter in this case. Glock did not sue Smith & Wesson for its use of polymers; Glock sued because the Sigma pistol, the one mentioned in the lawsuit, was an exact replica of the Glock design even down to the takedown lever to remove the slide. And why mention that it was the same weapon used to shoot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords? How is that relevant? You could've said it has become the most popular handgun manufacturer in America, or that Glock's products are preferred because of their simplicity and reliability. Instead, you chose to add your hipster anti-gun propaganda to the article. What was the point? Is there nothing else to report in Miami? elglocko

Banking Bias

Banks have responsibility: The Homestead gun dealers you wrote about can complain about BankUnited dropping their account ("Finance vs. Firearms," Michael E. Miller, April 24), but the fact is that banks have to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and Patriot Act or face huge monetary sanctions. These laws are designed to catch drug dealers, terrorists, and arms dealers. And it's illegal for the bank to disclose any info about their work in that department. There must have been something off with these gun dealers' accounts, and the customer might not have been upfront about it when asked. Carmen Fanego

Moral bankers?: Wait, is this a bank with a moral compass? I can get behind that. Biscayne Bystander

Ultra Security

Purely political: Ultra Music Festival hiring former Miami Beach police chief Ray Martinez to head the festival's security ("Ultra's Savior?" Michael E. Miller, April 24) is nothing more than a payoff designed to keep the event downtown. Nobody hires people from Miami Beach willingly. They are a tainted group. The ongoing Justin Bieber case is just the last straw that exposed the department to worldwide ridicule. This move is also a slap in the face to the Miami Police Department. They have now turned this into a police issue. The truth is no event can pay off-duty officers because they bill at doctor's rates. DrumRollPlease

Keep the kids out: I agree with the move to make Ultra 21-and-over. The venue in Bayfront Park is perfect, and they should do everything they can to keep it there. We haven't been to Ultra in a long time, but we enjoy those two weeks Ultra is around. The show must go on. Amanda N Armando Gonzalez

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