This is an assumption I’m making, but it’s a pretty informed one, and based on how it more or less went in Ontario where I live.
A great deal of the explosions in legal expansion of the industry that happen in the wake of legal cannabis industry shortly following legalization or decriminalization, tend to really disproportionately favor the same sort of gutless, incompetent failson and scumdad “Smart Conservatives.” What makes them Smart isn’t because they’re, like, intelligent, they’re just smart enough to, like, not really buy in to the whole Fox News Bible Belt, brain rotting out of your ears grifter conservative thing. They don’t want to be associated with that sort of ignoble parodying of low class culture with a high class bank balance, nor do they want to be associated with the New York/oil baron/monopoly man conservative. They are the quintessential people who want you to think of them when you think “socially liberal, fiscally conservative,” even though they’re not actually socially liberal either. They just want to be rich and do whatever they want and not be so easily identifiable as the bastards they actually are. These kinds of middle rich, don’t-mind-me conservatives flooded the legal cannabis production market (or at least were eager to put up investment capital) because they were uniquely poised to do so, and probably wanted to all along, even while they supported harsh criminalization and enforcement. Actually, I can bring up an at least semi-relevant example. There’s always Julian Fantino, the ex police chief turned conservative politician, who once compared weed to murder, who also tried to jump on to the legal cannabis bandwagon after federal legalization over here. Of which, I should note, was enacted on by the centrist party nationally, but provincially happened during the current Doug “My Brother Rob Is The One Who Smoked Crack On Camera” Ford’s right wing populist failson administration. If I remember correctly, it happened at just such a specific time that the newly elected provincial government was able to scrap marginally more sensible plans for certifying legal dispensaries made by the former centrist government, in order to come up with a lottery system instead, that seemed to have conveniently favored applicants with personal connections to the premier. And, now, there is a huge surplus in cannabis production, so much so that the government dispensary is able to sell it for cheaper than privately owned ones because there is just too much gotdang weed here.
But, I digress. A lot of the legal cannabis industry just seems like it is headed by the sort of conservative who thinks being rich is the equivalent to being competent and intelligent, but also involved themselves or invested in an industry that they still hold a lot of deepset contempt for besides just not knowing a goddamn thing about it. But, a lot of that is just… speculation.