Arizona Exports, Pot Business, and James Altucher

Dear Brian,
Is it possible to smoke weed and be successful in the field of law?

There are plenty of lawyers practicing law right now who smoke weed. Many of them were involved in the decriminalization of cannabis and work for groups like Norml, the Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance.

Not only that, but cannabis is a HUGE legal business in many states in the U.S., and there are scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs of all types all working in it.

In fact, nearly every single cannabis dispensary you’ll ever see is likely co-owned by a lawyer, as these are the people able to navigate all the constantly changing regulations.

Cannabis also employs patent lawyers, tax lawyers, and all manners of lawyers specializing in any area of law you can think of.

One could make the argument, it’s not only possible, but it’s necessary to smoke pot as a lawyer in order to deal with the rest of them who are likely either snorting coke or smoking meth. Ask anyone who’s ever been to law or medical school – that’s where all the best drugs are.

Dear Brian,
What are 3 alternatives to meth?

You could always try life. I used to seize the day and get high on life, but then I found I had to start seizing more and more days to feel the same high, so I switched to cannabis.

Dear Brian,
How automatable is marijuana cultivation?

The short answer is extremely, though automation is also expensive.

You can visit any modern farm to learn how farm automation works. Though cannabis is typically grown indoors because it’s simply safer.

In hydroponic and aeroponic systems, everything can be automated – the timing/volume of water, light, and nutrients, all of it. And already plenty of growers know the specifics necessary for the particular strain they’re growing.

Indoor harvests take a little manual work, as does trimming, though there are automated machines for these processes as well. I personally prefer hand-trimmed cannabis and can always tell the difference (the automated processes always leave branches and can’t do the job of a well-trained trimmer).

Curing is already a relatively automated process, and extraction takes very little manual labor.

So the points where a human must intervene after the initial setup of an automated system (which is a combination of hardware and software) are mostly just moving the product from one step to the next.

Dear Brian,
Which American exports are unique to Arizona?

I don’t know that there are any Arizona exports that are unique to Arizona. On the natural resources side, there’s turquoise, copper, and natural gas, but all of those are produced in other states and countries. We also grow a lot of cotton and soybeans.

If there is an American export unique to Arizona, it’ll be either something military or engineering-wise.

For example, Boeing, Honeywell, and other companies design and manufacture everything from desktop fans to airplanes and missiles. There’s quite a bit of circuit board, engine, and other manufacturing, and it’s mostly done by military contractors.

Arizona is also home to Ft Huachuca, which is where drones (known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV’s before the media found out) were developed, the Army prison guards famous for the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal (Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse) were trained, and much of the communications systems used in mass surveillance are housed. Ft Huachuca is the military intelligence capital of the U.S., and one of the top 5 highest value military targets in our country because of it.

Other than that, Arizona is where most Saguaro cacti are, though they’re also found in Mexico and California. There may be some obscure product made from that.

Arizona has breweries, wineries, and farms, but none that produce anything particularly unique.

I’m not aware of anything exported by Arizona that can’t be found other places, with the exception of military-related products and services that aren’t exactly advertised (though they are listed on lists of AZ exports, because they do bring the state a sizable portion of its overall revenue).

Dear Brian,
I want to start a blog where all I do is ask questions to James Altucher. How can I get started?

Ask James Altucher… 😉

Brian Penny versability whistleblower artisticBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Lifehack, Hardcore Droid, and your mom.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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