90% of the hipster economy is agriculture. Specifically, weed. Getting a square job is a last resort, especially in Montreal. I wore a button-up off the plane and felt like an idiot when I hit downtown. People are doing Masters or playing in Bands, but the only visible earners are selling weed. With mixed results. Weed is a damn plant and growing it doesn’t scare me. The Mafia does.
Most urban farmers are barely self-sufficient, with precious little surplus to sell. They’ll smoke a lot of weed and sell to friends, but it’s not a real business. The only people that make money are the ones that invest capital, which is often more inteprid stoners – or the Mafia/Hells Angels. The latter simply give one farmer grow-lamps and seeds and stuff and asks for X ounces a month. They distribute and make most of the money, but the farmer gets a pretty decent sum for a 20something. Would employ people and pay taxes if the business was legal, but it’s not. The market doesn’t act on gage through market forces like regulation or contracts (or even written records), so it gets all medieval. Basically, the Mafia are fucking assholes.
Let’s say that I went to school with Donleavy. Donleavy is a intelligent and cool, but he makes risky decisions. Shit like spray-painting the ballet school with ‘Hot Girls Here’. Not intelligent risk. Donleavy is now selling weed to the Mafia. His buyer is some Capo underling, probably living in Ville St. Laurent with his parents. No bank account and a running tab at Le Super Sexe. Don Guido says Donleavy owes him $2,000. This may not be true, but really a moot point. The only market force here is brute force. Don Guido punches Donleavy in the face and breaks some furniture. He wants his money and this is a contract negotiation. Instead of retaining a lawyer, Donleavy hires a few thugs for $500 as an insurance policy. If anyone beats Donleavy up, these thugs will habeas corpus.
This is a story I heard, wasn’t there. I prefer ideas to weed, and I don’t care that much about a plant. The point is to legalize it, if only to employ contract lawyers and not thugs.