More tomatoes are grown in America by home gardeners than are produced commercially.
In the United States, massive corporations and small cultivators are both allowed to grow and sell tomatoes and tomato products, with differing levels of regulation, depending on the size of the business.
Gardeners and small-scale growers are free to gift, trade, or sell tomatoes informally, with little to no regulation by the government, while large cultivators are required to follow industry-standard public health regulations, such as snap inspections by the department of agriculture.
Cannabis should be handled the same way.
How Would the Tomato Model Work for Cannabis?
Home grows would be completely legal and unregulated, up to a reasonable number of plants, proportionate to the size of the household.
Larger cultivation and processing operations would be regulated using common-sense industry standards for public health and worker safety.
Zero sales and excise taxes on medical cannabis, as medicine should never be taxed.
Standard sales tax only for recreational cannabis, as cannabis is not a vice like liquor or tobacco.
The tomato model was first named by Jack Herer, an American cannabis rights activist.
Under the Tomato Model of cannabis regulation, home and specialty cultivators can thrive side-by-side with commercial cannabis companies.
We at Mandala Cannabis Club advocate for the adoption of the Tomato Model at all levels of government.