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  • I'm looking and I just can't find it in the Constitution

    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

  • Prison State.

    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... And no

    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

  • Yes. Tax and regulate.

    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.

  • Yes.

    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.

  • Sadly.

    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.

  • Green is the way to be

    Reduce global warming effects. Corporations to expand hemp. Hemp plant helps the water crisis that the Earth is facing now, because it does not need much water to grow. Compared with other wood and cotton plantation, hemp requires much less water. Hemp is such as hardly plant that can grow almost anywhere at any climate; it hardly needs fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides, so it reduces the pollution to the earth, air and water; but this is not all. Hemp itself actually cleans up toxins from the ground. Therefore, not only is it beneficial business wise it is also an asset to Earth’s existence.

  • Yes legalize it

    Marijuana is a plant it can be really bad. If a few states already passed a law for the legalization of it . I say the other states should follow in example. It would also be make $14 billion a year.So this plant can help the economy. Legalize it everywhere

  • Yes, IT WILL HELP

    -bring new industry, hemp is a versatile product.
    -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...
    -( Cigarettes, alcohol, and fast food kill hundreds of thousands a year. Cannabis is not directly linked to a death due to overdose or cancer ).
    -It can make a greener nation. One acre of cannabis can save up to 4.1 acres of trees. Also it can end the need(dependence)on fossil fuels. Marijuana can fuel our country.
    -You feel happier,it has health benefits and no drawbacks and it would be an amazing thing for the government to tax and regulate it so they can finally pay back the billions in debt that we are in to China and other countries,and also pay for school funding.

  • It definitely will

    Think of all the people coming to that particular place just to buy marijuana? All the tax revenue and it could help the hemp industry and as it is currently in little use because of its association with cannabis it has countless uses in industry and commerce and is a more productive resource. And also you've got to think about how fewer people there would be in jail as a cause of legalization, fewer spending on court cases and jail expenses. It could possibly, also make the illegal drug trade obsolete as peoples craving for 'highs' will be satisfied. And then there are more jobs created as a result of bringing about marijuana into the legitimate business world. Also, illegal marijuana contains many other substances as it is either poorly prepared or has substances added to make it more addictive and results in addicts either being sick or dying, however with it legalized there would be proper authorities to make sure the marijuana is of clean and good quality(and again, creating more jobs within the authorities)

  • No on MJ

    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

  • It cannot be taxed and it will become too cheep and easy to gain access of.

    Marijuana is home grown. This is the biggest thing. Anyone from the experienced with big batches to the amateur with a pot or two (pardon the pun). This means that firstly, prices will drop instantly. This is even without companies trying to market the product. With the ability for anyone to grow it legally the supply would be huge! This means its cheap and falling out of peoples pockets, any kid with a spare dollar or two would be able to buy it now without a job, which stops most younger people from having access to it.
    Secondly, how would, for example, city life operate? Imagine having everyone stoned in a busy city center or underground? They might as well be partially drunk.
    Thirdly, tax. It cannot be taxed if people can grow it in their back rooms. You can't tax someone for mowing their neighbors lawn, or doing a lemonade stand. If its cash to hand, there will be no taxes and that could ruin the economy.

  • The positives come with a lot of hidden negatives

    Yes perhaps we would make some money from the taxes but no where near the amount of money needed to balance out the increased health care costs that would come from negative health effects of marijuana. Also the money made from taxes would decline after the initial 'wow' of legal weed dies out. The weed would be regulated which means a much lower dose of THC. This would cause consumers to return to the black market because there would be a much better high from non-regulated marijuana.
    There would not be more jobs as the farming industry is already heavily mechanized and no it would not be a brand new industry; It would simply be merged into the tobacco industry.

  • Maybe, but not enough to make a dent.

    People are crazy if they think that one new item on the market with a tax would be enough to "help" the economy. As many pot smokers as there are, there is still no way it could prove beneficial. And I hate when people say that it would keep people out of jail and save the system money. No one does significant time for weed. Nobody, unless you are carrying a very large amount with intent to sell. Even with that, the number of people in prison or jail for weed is so small it isn't a cost that needs to go. The people who use this argument in real political setting are only trying to convince the economically concerned politicians for it legalization, but not because they are truly economically concerned. They use it just because they want to smoke it legally.

  • We waste more than we make

    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.


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