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I Am Not Stoned: Sobering Realities For Taxpayers On The Road To Legalizing Marijuana

John281 Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 7:52 AM
To everyone who things that legalization of pot or any other drug would change anything: you are delusional. If you ARE right when you say that the current interdiction efforts have no effect, what would legalization do? The traffic, according to YOU, is already at peak volume. The prices, already high enough for people to commit murder to meet, have no incentive to go down: indeed, UP is the reasonable direction. As petroleum is demonstrating adequately, price had nothing to do with supply, only what the market will bear. Go ahead, legalize. I assure you, NOTHING will change. It doesn't have to..
Science Avenger Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 12:43 PM
Another person talking out of his nether regions. This isn't hypothetical, many countries and localities have made this move, and things DID change...for the better.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 10:00 AM
This makes no sense. Legalization will massively increase supply. Demand should also go up, but not nearly as much. Costs to deliver product will massively plunge, it will be legal. Price should drop.
IMCN-Red Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 8:33 AM
I am glad two states have decided to be the test lab for your position. Time will tell.
mshapiro Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 8:25 AM
As someone who works closely with the prison system I can tell you one thing that will change immediately. The prison population will be cut in half thus reducing the need for as many Correctional Officers and Police. The vast majority of money spent on Law Enforcement is spent on the War on Drugs. It is just like prohibition. By making it illegal you create a black market for it that drives up prices and makes the criminal element rich. It also gives rebeleous people an avenue to express their rebellion by flouting the law. If pot were destygmitized you'd see a sharp drop in teen useage because it wouldn't be "bad" anymore. Legalize it and tax it, just like alchohol.

Pot fans got what they wanted in Colorado: they finally convinced voters there to support the legalization of “recreational marijuana.” It’s seen as a huge victory for those who support the powers of the individual states, and a great example of “federalism” in action. But who is considering the burden of all of this on the American taxpayer?

Before I go further, let me be clear: I have never in my entire life consumed marijuana. When I was a kid I was out of step with my peers on this, but I’ve just never been interested in “trying it,” and that’s...