I just can't find anything what so ever in the Constitution, that gives any branches of the government the authority to prohibit or regulate what to put in our body. It's audasciously arrogant of the government to think it can make vice laws and legislate personal choices, and to pass drug prohibition laws. I don't take a pro drug stance, I just think the people to have the right of choice, rather than it being imposed on us by the government. Crazy idea right? Yeah I know
The United States of America impressions more of its citizens than any other country. Most of these are non violent criminals. This stems from the failed war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentences. Cannabis is legal it will reduce the number of citizens in the correctional machine. This will save millions. This will also keep money locally and generate revenue from the taxing of cannabis. The drug cartels will have one less drug on the streets. This will reduce crime and illegal boarder crossing. The boarders will be a tad but more secure with less traffic. The plant will also bring new industry, hemp is a versatile product. Oils for biofuel, fiber for textiles, cosmetics, rope, etc... The plant is also less a very resilient plant and grows all over the world (hence the term weed). This will creat jobs and economic growth. The fact cannabis is still illegal in 48 states is ridiculous. The fear campaign in the early 1930s-1940s was based on no facts. It was horribly racist against Hispanics and Blacks. Cigarettes, alcohol, and fast food kill hundreds of thousands a year. Cannabis is not directly linked to a death due to overdose or cancer (not to say there aren't a few Darwin awards out there) I don't need the Federal Government to tell me what's good and bad. Also drugs run rapid in our city's anyway. Why not let some people smoke a flower?
Yes legalizing MJ will benefit the economy because the good old U.S. We have things called son taxes that are places on luxury items such as tabbacco, alcohol, and if legalized, marijuana. Sin taxes bring in a projected 20.1 billion dollars in taxs a year, and if marijuana was includes the U.S. Would be in good terms; however our health and the demand to live here, if our air turns as black as the TAR in it, will decrease derasticly. Answering the question though: yes it would help the economy, because our health and demand to live here is a domestic problem, not and economic problem
Society would not only be safer with regulated marijuana, but it would benefit from increased revenue. There would be a whole host of products that could be taxed, and new businesses would open up. It is bringing a shadow economy out into the open and making it into something more legitimate.
With so many Americans using marijuana either medically or for recreational purposes, it makes sense to regulate and tax sales just the same as alcohol. Dispensaries in medical states are already working very closely with law enforcement to make sure everything's on the "up and up", it wouldn't be too difficult to come up with some numbers and present a fair tax to the voters.
Legalizing marijuana would help the economy a lot. While I do not support drug use, I know that if marijuana was taxed it would bring in a lot of money, simply due to the fact that the drug is very popular. Despite that, we can find other ways to save the economy.
Marijuana is blown way out of proportion when comparing it to other "drugs". Marijuana isn't even a drug, its an herb. Definitely a lot safer than poppy or opiates and pharmaceuticals. My parents have had addictions to opiates before. Not a pleasant sight. While I smoke my pot and feel fine :) No withdrawals whatsoever. The only drugs that can even be compared to cannabis are its family members: Psilocybin mushrooms, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), mescaline (peyote), and the King... Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). These are cannabis's brothers. All organic psychoactive compounds of spiritual hallucination. Marijuana is a tool to find out where we come from.
No body has ever died from overdosing on marijuana. Personally I use marijuana because it gives me a good feeling and I believe that it is better for you than any other thing that you smoke like cigarettes or cigars. Marijuana has no real side affects because your body naturally fights off the toxins in it where as the chemicals in cigarettes kill your immune system.
Marijuana can help save billions of dollars. We always talk about the economy is in bad shape. If the government legalizes marijuana, the economy would be a little more stable and later on, the economy would boost up to rapidly. So if marijuana is legalize, great the economy would be back in business.
Marijuana would sell like cotton did back in the day. If the goverment taxed it they would make billions many more people would smoke it without having to worry about getting in trouble for it. Many people dont smoke because it would get them in trouble but with it legal many more people will smoke and the goverment will make billions!!
It would reduce the amount of money spent on prison systems and also generate tax revenue. However i do think it should be controlled in a way similar to other medicines, or regulated like tobacco and alcohol. I believe that since they cannot prove any severe health risks and they can prove that there are benefits for some people it should be legalized.
People need to realize that legalizing marijuana is so beneficial in so many ways. There are medical benefits with smoking marijuana such as, AIDS, cancer, anxiety, pain, and lots more others. The legalization of marijuana would also lead to less crime and safer neighborhoods. It's also a non-addictive drug, it is far less worse than alcohol, there are no reported deaths for smoking marijuana. People also use marijuana to get off of hard core drugs. The government made 9.3 billion dollars on cigarettes last year. Can you imagine how much they would make from marijuana? More than 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana each year, which is costing the justice system more money on such a senseless crime, and wasting time of officers than them focusing their time on more violent, and sexual crimes. When people are arrested for marijuana it is actually leaving less jail space for more harsher crimes so the people that are arrested for harsher crimes get less of a punishment.
The government could use the money spent on the enforcement officers in other categories, the overpopulation would be minimized, and jobs would be created via the production and legal sale of marijuana as well as its medical benefits in not only the Cancer and AIDS area but as well as in the multiple sclerosis sufferers, and anyone who suffers from neurological pains and phantom pains.
Canada alone receives 4.7 billion dollars a year in tax revenue from alcohol and tobacco. Assuming the government would be able to sell and regulate the drug, the economy would benefit substantially through private sectors and the what would be newly found legal marijuana market. Washington state's initiative 502 allows a 25% tax on marijuana in which 86% of that tax go towards health care, education, and research. Overall legalizing marijuana would benefit the economy greatly. Plus you wouldn't have to spend so much money arresting and prosecuting people for simply "marijuana possession."
Legalizing marijuana should be treated just like alcohol. you would have the sales tax revenue, also people running dispensaries would provide income tax revenue and the economic multiplier effect would theoretically trickle out from those businesses. There would also be less expenses on the government saving on police, courts and prisons.
- Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana November 7th 2012. The states could see an economic boom because of the legalization of marijuana. The information I got from huff post business was that the two states would be looking at. $550 million combined, with more than 300 economists previously estimating that legalizing pot could save the U.S. Up to $14 billion a year. That's not even taking into account the extra Funyun consumption.
Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana November 7th 2012. The states could see an economic boom because of the legalization of marijuana. The information I got from Huff Post business was that the two states would be looking at $550 million combined, with more than 300 economists previously estimating that legalizing pot could save the U.S. up to $14 billion a year. That's not even taking into account the extra Funyun consumption.
The economy would actually falter if the United States or an individual state would legalize it. Many people believe that it does because there could be a tax system developed that would pump money into the marketing cycle. The problem is that Marijuana is a drug. It would have to be limited and controlled. Since, this is the case, the City would have to build structures to fence marijuana users in. Most of us would have a problem with people trolling around blowing MJ in the air outside our favorite reastaraunt. Also, issues such as marijuana being laced with another illegal drug. In which we now have another problem on our hands. Do police officers now have an discriminatory right to check all MJ cigs? How do we control distribution? Do we need to hire more police officers? Build more jails? What will the laws look like pertaining to MJ? I just see this being a Pandora's box if it is allowed to be legalized, costing the city/government more money than the revenue being brought in on tax purposes, which puts more strain on the economy than actually being a help
Because the money we make we would just end up spending for the ones under the influence that do something stupid so in the end we would just make no money. And it would be a waste of time and money. People would just use the drug for no reason.