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

jwilliams Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 8:08 PM
But the 800-pound-gorilla question is: Are all those costs more or less than the costs to run a drug war on marijuana? A lot of what the author mentions are one-time costs, the costs of a drug war are many, ongoing, and also paid by taxes. Wepay for the police to catch dealers and users, courts to try them, jails to hold them, police to fight the criminals and cartels that get absurdly rich selling pot, border patrols to crack down on Mexican cartels who are happy to meet our demand for pot, and it goes on like that. And while a drug war will always cost money, taxing legal pot sales will also bring states additional revenue. Might legalized pot actually pay for itself, perhaps even yield a profit for states? Who knows? Hill gives no ###s.
Science Avenger Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 12:39 PM
The drug war has resulted in us incarcerating more people, both in raw numbers and per capita, than any nation on earth: more than China, more than Russia, more than Rwanda: 2 million Americans now sit in prisons, supported by each and every one of us tax payers. End of discussion.
RufusTFirefly Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 8:56 PM
Exactly right jwilliams. The biggest downside to marijuana use is the damage done by the war on drugs. Putting kids in jail for a victimless crime is truly heinous. I think part of the war on drugs is to keep the population high in privately owned prisons. Prisons should not be run for profit.
alopekos teumesios Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 8:33 PM
He can only argue that it's expensive to legalize because there must be active steps taken to regulate its consumption by adding more levels of bureaucracy. Like all misbegotten government programs, it would have been simpler and cheaper just to not have made it illegal in the first place. To reverse the problems caused by government, the typical statist solution is to add more government. Gee, where have we heard this cr@p before? It's the liberal Progressive statists and the so-called Conservatives marching in lock step toward a better, less free future. All Heil.

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...