This would go doubly for the growers, which would help drive the cost down more. Additionally, they don’t have to worry about spending money on stealth, and can use lit greenhouses. On top of that, they don’t have to worry about being ripped off or burgled without any hope of recovery. Now, they can just go to the cops when that happens.
Hell, I wonder if they can buy crop insurance? - Ehh, it’s probably not quite that rosy. There are still the Federal Laws that prohibit the cultivation, etc.
It seems that by law, the sellers have to grow all of their product themselves. The initial fees/licensing are steep, but don’t seem any worse than licensing a bar.
Just from a convenience standpoint, I really don’t see how it can’t stomp out the black market, unless the stores can’t keep themselves in stock and have to turn to the black market themselves.
What would you rather do:
Track down some guy you kind of know, and arrange a time/place to meet, for prices and product that are revealed on the spot? You know he gives you better prices than he does your brother, which makes you wonder what kind of deal his actual friends get, but he’s consistent - and at least his stuff never tastes like Windex.
Go to the store and buy clearly marked/priced weed.
Remember, option #1 is almost a best-case scenario. Most black market marijuana buys aren’t even that reassuring.
There’s probably going to be a bootlegging black market in dry counties, the kind where there’s a guy who’ll sell you some out of his back door. Heck, we have that with alcohol in dry Texas counties. The bootleggers in Texas usually cater to those who can’t venture out of their county, for a variety of reasons. Due to that being a small slice of an already small population, it probably won’t contribute to the crime level in a noticeable way.