Most people remember the inconstant behavior of the pigs in George Orwell's Animal Farm. As they gain control over the farm they soon take on characteristics and behaviors of the humans whom they expelled. According to Dominic Holden in his New York Times editorial today “Smokeless in Seattle,” legal medical marijuana merchants in the State of Washington have worked to check the full marijuana legalization movement which is on the November ballot. How odd that this unintended consequence should arise between current sellers and prospective sellers of marijuana in Washington.
This unintended consequence is similar to the mutation that took place on the farm in Orwell's book. Power and profit lead to greed and suppression of opposition. Like the pigs in the book, purveyors of medical marijuana in Washington perceive full legalization as a threat to their economic well-being. To protect those profits they have worked diligently to persuade the public to vote against the full legalization proposal. Economic interests create strange bedfellows. In Washington State, they have induced medical marijuana advocates to align themselves with more reactionary interests.
Unintended consequences are a powerful force that surface everywhere affecting everyone. The most damaging unintended consequences are those involving government or legislative decisions since those affect the most people. But decisions made by people and companies also have unintended consequences. Everything you do today may lead to something that you don't expect - that would be an unintended consequence.