The economy needs it now more than ever - Legalize it and TAX it!

5b5r0n - the economy needs it now more than ever - legalize it and tax it!

  • Darius
  • February 2, 2009, 12:33 pm
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    Commentary & Analysis
    Gary E. Johnson
    Board member, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy
    Author, “Seven Principles of Good Government”
    Former Governor of New Mexico


    It’s time we tax and regulate marijuana. The War on Drugs is a proven failure. We have spent several decades and close to a trillion dollars trying to eliminate drugs.

    Consider these facts:

    * The last three Presidents and half of American adults have said they have smoked marijuana.
    * More children have tried marijuana, which is illegal, than cigarettes, which are regulated.
    * Last year we arrested 850,000 people for marijuana, mostly for possession.
    * So far, fourteen states have passed medical marijuana laws enabling sick people to benefit.
    * Massachusetts, Denver, and Seattle have either successfully decriminalized, or instituted lowest priority law enforcement policies for marijuana possession.

    We learned a valuable lesson with alcohol prohibition in this country. Prohibition created black markets and violence as gangs fought to control the market. The same thing is true today. Mexican cartels make the majority of their profits distributing marijuana in 230 American cities, and the resulting violence is tragic. That’s why the presidents of many Latin American countries signed a declaration that the war on drugs needs to be ended.

    But we may be going the wrong direction. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are asking for more money for the failed Merida Initiative. Do they really believe that more helicopters for Mexico will do anything to stop the use of marijuana in this country? On top of that, the Obama Administration is overseeing armed federal raids in states where medical marijuana is legal. This needs to stop.

    If we regulate marijuana the way we do alcohol and tobacco, we can put the gangs out of business. Our courageous law enforcement officers will be free to secure public safety rather than chasing after informed adults for getting high. We can make sure our children are protected. And we can make sure that sick people get their medicine without fear.

    The effects on the economy would be significant. Right now, Washington is borrowing 43 cents out of every dollar being spent. Rather than wasting $10-40 billion every year trying to stamp out marijuana, we should tax marijuana. Marijuana is this country’s largest cash crop, a $36 billion-a-year industry that is bigger than corn and wheat combined. The revenue could be put to good use.

    We ended prohibition during the Great Depression when people were struggling economically. Today, we also have tough times in our economy. People are concerned for their jobs and their futures. Let’s tax and regulate marijuana so we can put our time, energy, and resources to the important project of growing the economy and building Our America.

    • Math
    • April 21, 2010, 3:39 am
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    look, we all already know the facts.

    we smoke it, presidents smoke it, politics suck. watever

    i just wish that fucking picture at the top was sold at my local gas station. not that id go buy it right away because im not one of those crazy stupid OMG WEED people.

    but thatd be very nice to have, +3

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    fyi according to the black man he said he was going to stop all fed raids on states where it is legal. what he said and what he does can be diffrent, but that is what the black man said.

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    why are you calling him 'the black man'?

    • Dannyl
    • April 21, 2010, 5:56 am
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    i agree totally but it just won't happen because trying to legalise marijuana is political suicide. If a political party put forth the idea they'd get destroyed by the opposing party. It just won't ever happen, even if politicians don't really care about it, something that is shown by their past use of the drug.

    For example if in the UK the labour party put forward the plan to legalise marijuana the conservatives and the liberal democrats (and everyone else below such as scottish nationalist party, etc) would rip them apart, call for a general election and labour would be kicked out of power. it's just not worth it to them, or anyone. Well, except the 'legalise marijuana party'.

    • Dannyl
    • April 21, 2010, 6:02 am
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    he is a black man thats why i call him a black man.

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    Can't argue with that!
    He is black.

    • Math
    • April 21, 2010, 6:35 am
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    I could see Labour sneaking it in through the back door under the guise of a "Youth Tax".

    • Math
    • April 21, 2010, 6:37 am
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    Are you a conservative? Just curious. My girlfriend just sent me this. I loved it, but i'm lib dem.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8634952.stm

    • Dannyl
    • April 21, 2010, 6:50 am
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    Undecided as yet.
    Yeah heard it on the radio earlier.

    • Math
    • April 21, 2010, 7:03 am
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    I'm undecided too, I'm not really liking any of the parties... Might just vote for Green haha. Someones got to.

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    It definitely won't be the Greens! I like my Shooting and Fishing too much!

    • Math
    • April 21, 2010, 10:16 am
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    marijuna isnt all that bad it doesnt affect health that bad and and it doesnt kill....crack kills

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    The main people trying to keep Marijuana illegal are the biggest drug dealers. because as soon as its legal, they'll be out of business. And you might think to yourself, well my guy grows his own stuff, yeah he might, but they're gonna have weed that more potent than that dirt shit your dude has. And you can get it around the clock, don't have to wait on your lazy ass dealer to get out of bed at two in the afternoon. hahaha

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    Haha well I want to vote for a minor party, and at least Green have good intentions (in my opinion) compared to other parties like UKIP and BNP which are way too close to fascism in my opinion :P

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    Haha if you want a laugh read the BNPs policies on immigration. Really funny. They're planning to offer legal immigrants financial incentives to return voluntarily to their countries of origin

    • Dannyl
    • April 22, 2010, 2:40 am
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    Just so you know Dannyl, it is on the November Ballot in California. It will more than likely pass, since California is packed full of liberals, hippies, and the unemployed. Once it passes in California, expect it to be on every other States Ballot within 2 years.

    I expect it to be 100% legal in America within 6 years, with strong regulations of where you can buy it, smoke it, and who can sell it.

    Keeping Marijuana illegal for as long as it has been, has cost California hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue, taxes, paying for inmates, and encouraging immigration and drug trafficking (most of the people who work on the pot farms in California are immigrants). Legalizing Marijuana will have the same impact that legalizing alcohol had back in 1933.

    I do not smoke, and cannot understand why so many people do. But if they want to waste their money and time, that's their business.

    • Albane
    • April 22, 2010, 6:02 am
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    I didn't know this, thanks!

    I'm from UK so won't affect me. From an economic standpoint it would have huge benefits, the sheer income from tax alone would make it worth it, let alone the bonus of tripping up the criminal underworld's funding.

    • Dannyl
    • April 22, 2010, 6:10 am
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    How do you make Heather Mills angry?





    Nick Clegg!

    • Math
    • April 22, 2010, 6:46 am
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    That was random Math but sickipedia is always welcome :D

    • Dannyl
    • April 22, 2010, 6:58 am
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    Well I am in the US so it will affect me. But really I don't really care if they legalize it or not. Most of the time I believe that as long as what you do doesn’t break my leg or pick my pocket, you should feel free to enjoy the freedoms our Constitutional guarantees. (Quote from Benjamin Franklin.) So yes legalize it and until you steal or attack me for weed money smoke all you want.

    But I highly doubt that legalizing it will help our economy.

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    the government makes more money when its illegal rather than legal. They could make it legal and tax it or keep it illegal and tax YOU to "keep it under control"

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    The problem with Marijuana is when you criminalize somthing, you have to spend a shitload of time and money to keep that thing illegal, and away from people. Legalizing it simplifies things.

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