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dreday
04-18-2012, 03:48 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/economists-marijuana-legalization_n_1431840.html


Your plans to celebrate 4/20 this Friday could actually make the government some money, if only such activities were legal. Thatís according to a bunch of economists, and some prominent ones too.

More than 300 economists, including three nobel laureates, have signed a petition calling attention to the findings of a paper by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, which suggests that if the government legalized marijuana it would save $7.7 billion annually by not having to enforce the current prohibition on the drug. The report added that legalization would save an additional $6 billion per year if the government taxed marijuana at rates similar to alcohol and tobacco.

NY8123
04-18-2012, 03:54 PM
I am highly disappointed that Rob did not start this thread.

Dolfan3773
04-18-2012, 03:54 PM
:hump:

Fin_Frenzy_84
04-18-2012, 03:55 PM
Go ahead and legalize it!

DphinBillkiller
04-18-2012, 04:10 PM
What the hey.

rob19
04-18-2012, 07:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HcXcYlF3_0

Bumpus
04-18-2012, 07:10 PM
:lol: Just as long as we're not leaving it out in chocolate-chip cookie form in view of little kids when they get home from school. :lol:

AquaInferno
04-18-2012, 07:20 PM
The goverment is such a vague word. The law enforcement branch would certainly lose money. Prisons need inmates in order to make money. The DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (DEA) whom already said marijuana has no medicinal value (Thanks Dr DEA!) certainly wants this staying illegal. I am a huge fan of the herb to me it is something put here by God the same one whom you want me to say so help me if I lie in court, yeah that one. I am 26 now and I don't expect it to be nationally legal until I'm in my 40s. I think other countries will legalize first then America will say OK us too. Imagine if weed heads did drive bys Al Capone style because of Weed gang wars we'd be all set! Yes violence is apparently the answer and not by choice by proof. It ended alchohol prohibition.... Disclaimer: I do not advocate violence to end the pot prohibition

finomenal
04-18-2012, 07:47 PM
Genesis 1:29-30
King James Version (KJV)
29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

COphinphan89
04-18-2012, 09:49 PM
They're gonna put a legalization measure on the ballot here in Colorado in November. I signed the petition for it and I will certainly be voting for it.

SpaceMountain16
04-19-2012, 04:00 AM
It makes no sense for it not to be legal because of the BILLIONS they are losing on taxable income since people are doing it anyway.

And the figures in this article apparently don't even include the COST to prosecute and incarcerate people who use or sell this drug. A HUGE cost that would be completely eliminated by decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana.

I don't know if I think some of the statistics used with other country crime rates and whatever going down translate to America because we are a much bigger country with a much bigger drug problem (fundamentalist bible thumping population who probably would make porn illegal if they had the power to). Not to mention Mexico, one of the most drug influenced countries in the world is south of us.

The article basically says you'd save so much money without having to raise or lower taxes, cut any funding for important social programs and education. I'd assume that we probably could afford MORE education and social programs. So again I just don't get it.

rob19
04-19-2012, 04:26 AM
It makes no sense for it not to be legal because of the BILLIONS they are losing on taxable income since people are doing it anyway.

And the figures in this article apparently don't even include the COST to prosecute and incarcerate people who use or sell this drug. A HUGE cost that would be completely eliminated by decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana.

I don't know if I think some of the statistics used with other country crime rates and whatever going down translate to America because we are a much bigger country with a much bigger drug problem (fundamentalist bible thumping population who probably would make porn illegal if they had the power to). Not to mention Mexico, one of the most drug influenced countries in the world is south of us.

The article basically says you'd save so much money without having to raise or lower taxes, cut any funding for important social programs and education. I'd assume that we probably could afford MORE education and social programs. So again I just don't get it.

It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on consciousness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf3CvpA0Wlw

"We are infantilized, we are told; 'You can wander around within the sanctioned playpen of ordinary consciousness, and we have some intoxicants over here if you want to mess yourself up. We've got some scoth here, and some tobacco, and redmeat, and some sugar, and a little T.V, and so forth, and so on, but these boundary-desolving hallucinogens that give you a sense of unity with your fellow man and nature, are somehow forbidden? This is an outrage, it's a sign of cultural immaturity, and the fact that we tolerate it is a sign that we are living in a society as oppressed as any society in the past'." - Terence McKenna

DisturbedShifty
04-19-2012, 06:29 AM
They're gonna put a legalization measure on the ballot here in Colorado in November. I signed the petition for it and I will certainly be voting for it.
As will I. I never touched the stuff, but I am not stupid. I know what kind of profit it can bring. And not to mention all the money it will save in prosecuting people for having just a small amount of pot on them.

PhinzN703
04-19-2012, 11:27 AM
As will I. I never touched the stuff, but I am not stupid. I know what kind of profit it can bring. And not to mention all the money it will save in prosecuting people for having just a small amount of pot on them.

If it does ever become legal you better be the first one in line waiting to try it :up:

DisturbedShifty
04-19-2012, 06:46 PM
If it does ever become legal you better be the first one in line waiting to try it :up:

LOL!

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus

FinsNCanes
04-20-2012, 01:26 PM
If it does ever become legal you better be the first one in line waiting to try it :up:

Thing is this is what they Government thinks. They think if you legalize it people who don't smoke are just going to take it up. Uhh, no. I rarely drink alchohol myself and I can tell you if Heroine or Meth was legal I wouldn't be in line ;). I wish they would just atleast go by State laws to start off with, cause as you all know the Feds are just bypassing state laws and raiding places like Oaksterdam recently which is a legit place out in Oakland.

I live in Florida though, so the chances of me seeing it legal here are slim. Trying to get out of Florida myself, may head up to the mountains of NC (Asheville area). It's my kinda vibe out there..sort of. When Pat Robertson is coming out and saying just go ahead and legalize it..well..I mean..cmon now (not to mention how many jobs it could likely create w/ dispensaries, etc popping up all over).