Item the first: No pets for you!
Rod emails to point out that there is seemingly nothing so mundane as to avoid the all seeing gaze of the California Government:
California will put a muzzle on the retail sales of dogs, cats and rabbits beginning Tuesday, the byproduct of a new law designed to curtail puppy mills and expand pet protections.This won't effect the upper middle class, of course - they get their pure bred pups directly from "good" breeders. Instead, it's making it harder for poorer people to get pets for their kids. The "Progressives" became anti-progressive so gradually that people didn't notice. This sort of Upper Middle Class SWPL bull hockey is likely the biggest reason for the cratering of the State.
The legislation, Assembly Bill 485, says stores can sell the animals only if they come from local rescue groups, shelters and animal control agencies.
The State's "High Speed Rail" to nowhere project is cut from the same cloth.
Item the second: No pot for you!
California legalized pot with great fanfare, and the State budgeted based on expected large tax revenues from legal pot sales. The sales (and taxes) are not materializing:
"After voters legalized marijuana two years ago under Proposition 64, state officials estimated in there would be as many as 6,000 cannabis shops licensed in the first few years. But the state Bureau of Cannabis Control has issued just 547 temporary and annual licenses to marijuana retail stores and dispensaries," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Welcome to the world of regulations and taxes, potheads.
Potheads said for years "legalize it."
Be careful of what you wish for.
“The cannabis industry is being choked by California’s penchant for over-regulation. It’s impossible to solve all of the problems without a drastic rewrite of the law, which is not in the cards for the foreseeable future,” Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, told the Times.
Not only has the typical California excess and opaque regulation reduced the number of shops by 90%, the State, Local, and Excise taxes raise the price of legal weed above the price of black market weed. So getting it from Your Guy is not only more convenient but it's less expensive.
And the State wonders why tax revenue is short $150M? The stupid state can't even sell dope to stoners.