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OfflineDude
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Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana
    #563549 - 06/10/11 12:43 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

Why can't the government understand that by legalizing marijuana they will SAVE $7.7 billion a year in enforcement costs and MAKE $6.2 billion a year in taxation. There's nearly $10,000,000,000 a year that could go to something good for the country instead of this pointless prohibition.

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Milton Friedman leads a list of more than 500 economists from around the U.S. who publicly endorse a Harvard University economist's report on the costs of marijuana prohibition and the potential revenue gains from the U.S. government legalizing it and taxing its sale. Ending prohibition enforcement would save $7.7 billion in combined state and federal spending, the report says, while taxation would yield up to $6.2 billion a year.




They could be MAKING money instead of SPENDING it... You would think our greedy government would be all for it. :facepalm:

Let me hear your thoughts on this. Some people say money is the reason our government won't legalize it but that's obviously not the case...


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: Dude]
    #563556 - 06/10/11 02:00 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

Milton Friedman is dead, and I HIGHLY doubt he would be an advocate for taxing marijuana.

Edit to give you a decent answer to your question: Marijuana isn't legalized because although it would help reduce the growth of our federal deficit, it would not financially benefit any politician, and really that is their chief concern. They would most likely lose their donation from the pharmaceutical industry and from the christian-right, to name a few opponents of marijuana legalization. In the current political climate the only way there will be legalization is when the marijuana lobby has more money than the rest of these groups, and it's not gonna happen.

The best we can do as citizens is exercise our right to nullification, whereby a jury refuses to make a judgement of guilt on the basis they view the law as unjust.



Edited by DungenessDank (06/10/11 02:32 PM)


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: DungenessDank] * 1
    #563560 - 06/10/11 02:28 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

I agree, it should be decriminalized for people over the age of 21 who meet the same requirements to own a firearm. So no people with major felonies, or mental issues that they have been INVOLUNTARILY committed for. And no prior domestic violence charges, ect.

Then you pay it just like Fuel Tax

I think it's a good idea. Wont happen but still is a good one. I know for a fact that big tabacco companies could quickly start producing high THC marijuana in a mass produced way that could be marketed the exact same way.

Plus this new drop in price and regulation would hurt Mexicans who smuggle weed in and people growing low-grade stuff here in the states. Everything would be dank

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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: DungenessDank]
    #563564 - 06/10/11 02:38 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

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DungenessDank said:
Milton Friedman is dead, and I HIGHLY doubt he would be an advocate for taxing marijuana.





My bad, should have posted my source. <-- Click there

This study was done in 2005, a year before his death.


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: Dude] * 1
    #563600 - 06/10/11 04:45 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

Why cant the government get off of my ass about money, I'm going to do what I'm going to do this is my mother fucking life and I make my own damn choices like the grown ass man that I am. The government is pushing it with me, I'm about to start killing.


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: mhbound]
    #563721 - 06/11/11 08:46 AM (5 years, 5 months ago)

heat some heady doses brah :lsd:


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: Picklez]
    #563722 - 06/11/11 08:53 AM (5 years, 5 months ago)

:lol: he's already on the terror watch list for that last comment.


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: DungenessDank]
    #563728 - 06/11/11 09:41 AM (5 years, 5 months ago)

mhbound?


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: Picklez]
    #563733 - 06/11/11 09:57 AM (5 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah, good luck getting on an airplane.


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Re: Our Government is Missing Out on a $10,000,000,000 / Year Opportunity! Legalizing Marijuana [Re: DungenessDank]
    #563782 - 06/11/11 01:27 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

They can't keep me out the sky,
Like hop on a jet and be airborn in this bitch
Only take 2 seconds before you realize its legit
You just smoked the kush boy
Yea, you know how high we fly

Airborn 24/7

LOL, I'll never get on an airplane anyway. I would regulate if they even laid a paw on me in an attempt to search me. None of your goddamn business whats in my pockets if its not metal and dangerous or hazerdous to the plane then fuck you, suck my dick, have your wife suck my nuts and your son eat my shit.


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