A mining magnate brings his commercial expertise by starting a marijuana and hemp business. Although the article's perspective sees this now as a positive step (and it may well be, in the future), I have a couple of hesitations here. Firstly, mining isn't exactly a sector that's looked up to for its ethical practices - they're huge companies, they need to extract resources, and many a times they bully the political landscape of entire countries or compromise on the most basic human rights to get what they need from the land. Secondly, this seems to be the advent of something I was afraid of - the profit-making conglomerates realizing the amount of money to be made in the marijuana business. How long until the small, home-owned communities are run aground by lobbyists and gigantic automated processes they cannot compete with? How long before we see a replication of the terrible capitalist model that's fraught the world for over a century now? What do you think, fellow FCers?