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

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...