Legalizing marijuana; Cha-ching

  1. 4 I was aware one benefit of legalizing marijuana was to reduce government spending on enforcement, litigation, and imprisonment, but I guess I hadn't realized the extent of potential revenue. From Washington state's expected financial impact of legalizing marijuana; (Yes, that's almost 2 Billion in extra cash over the next 5 years).

    Dedicated Marijuana Fund $0 $248,639,000 $434,201,000 $447,213,000 $460,615,000
    Total State General Fund $0 $47,418,000 $97,682,000 $100,611,000 $103,630,000
    Fingerprint Identification Account $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000
    Impaired Driver Safety Account $48,000 $82,000 $83,000 $83,000 $84,000
    Highway Safety Account $505,000 $832,000 $839,000 $846,000 $853,000
    Federal Grants $0 - $368,000 $0 $0 $0
    State Total $561,000 $296,611,000 $532,813,000 $548,761,000 $565,190,000

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  3. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    I'm not quite understanding the graph - where are the headings for the columns and what each row means?

    My first thought was if it brings in so much revenue . .. we'll have a whole bunch of stoned people around.
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  4. Visit  MunoRN profile page
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    Sorry, each column is the yearly total for the next 5 years. Each row how much each individual state account will receive.

    There may already be a whole bunch of stoned people in Washington, just now they'll get a cut (gangs will lose some revenue however).
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  5. Visit  Davey Do profile page
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    Quote from Spidey's mom
    we'll have a whole bunch of stoned people around.
    Will Have?

    Is he any relation to Duz Have?
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  6. Visit  TopazLover profile page
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    They will not be filling jail cells with stoners who were getting free medical and dental as well as 3 hots and a cot. I would think everyone would be in favor of this.

    They will not be clogging the court system. They will no longer be snitches for the police. Some might be in favor of these things.

    They may increase the number of unemployed as the jails empty. Agree about gangs. Wonder what is next for them?
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  7. Visit  tntrn profile page
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    And this will no doubt prevent some who are already unemployed from getting a job or keeping it after they get one, if they decide to smoke recreationally and then can't pass a drug test.
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  8. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    Quote from Davey Do
    Will Have?

    Is he any relation to Duz Have?
    Yep. First Cousins! They even kissed.
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  9. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    Thanks for the explanation Muno.

    I dunno . . . growing up in an era where it was wrong to smoke pot. . . where pot was illegal . . . makes it hard to think we should ACQUIESCE and make money off pot. Seems ethically challenging to me.

    Alcohol just made it through the door of legality first and a long time ago. The arguments about alcohol being legal so why can't pot be legal don't work for me. The stories about hemp being such a great commodity don't work for me either. The argument about medical marijuana doesn't work for me.

    People just wanna get high.

    In California, 18 year old's have 215 cards given to them by unscrupulous docs so the 18 year old's can get high. It has nothing to do with being medically necessary and that's just a sneaky underhanded way of getting high "legally".

    Comparing drinking a glass of wine with dinner and someone taking a hit off a marijuana cig . . . those pictures don't jibe.

    Imagine it - squinty-eyed, lips pursed with a flattened end of a doobie between your index finger and thumb . . .. makes me laugh.

    (I miss our little pot-smoking smilie)
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    They will not be filling jail cells with stoners who were getting free medical and dental as well as 3 hots and a cot. I would think everyone would be in favor of this.

    They will not be clogging the court system. They will no longer be snitches for the police. Some might be in favor of these things.
    In California, the cops don't even care anymore about pot. It is useless to go after a person who is found with pot because the judges just toss those cases out.

    Remember when my car was stolen? Taken on a 100 mph chase down I-5 and totaled? When we went to get our things out of the car, I found large freezer bag about 1/4 full of pot. Called the CHP who were responsible for our car and the cop said, get rid of it. My family member who is CHP said the same thing. Dump it out somewhere. I did that - dumped it in a gutter with running water. The pot floated on top!! Got a bunch of leaves to mix in with it . . . .felt like a criminal.

    Both cops said, it is no use reporting the pot. Judges don't care anymore. At least in CA. And do you blame them?
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  11. Visit  tntrn profile page
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    Quote from Spidey's mom
    (I miss our little pot-smoking smilie)
    Where did it go? How un-PC to not have one.....now, especially! (sent from a state where pot is now legal to have, grow, smoke, sell)
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  12. Visit  StNeotser profile page
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    The medical marijuana business in Colorado already made a lot of money for some folks. I voted for the legalization for recreational use this time around. It makes sense to me that if the sale and distribution of marijuana is regulated by the state then it's safer for us all. People are going to smoke regardless of what the law says. I don't think for a minute that people who previously didn't use marijuana will suddenly start up now simply because it's legal.

    I also think that a lot of people who make mistakes in their adolescence and younger years end up with a marijuana charge on their slates that they can never wipe clean. I don't like the idea that some people pay forever for a small mistake. I tried pot as a teen a couple of times in a country where personal use was decriminilized (different from legalized) If I had been caught in a country that prosecuted for use, it would have been a huge obstacle to my career path now. I believe that 60% of people have tried marijuana at some point in their lives. I don't think that 60% of us are criminals.
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  13. Visit  herring_RN profile page
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    How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico's cartels, in charts

    The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has "changed the rules of the game" for the administration of Mexican President-elect Enrique Pea Nieto in the U.S.-backed drug war, according to a report by the Washington Post's William Booth.

    "Obviously, we can't handle a product that is illegal in Mexico, trying to stop its transfer to the United States, when in the United States, at least in part of the United States, it now has a different status," Nieto's top adviser, Luis Videgaray, told a radio station Wednesday.
    However, experts and studies note that legalization in two U.S. states-even if the federal government allows it-probably won't put Mexico's drug cartels out of business. ...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...els-in-charts/
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  14. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    I believe that we learned that prohibition does not work when we tried it with alcohol. Apparently we thought it would work with pot...but we were wrong.

    It makes sense that we should identify failed policy and take steps to remedy them. This would be one step.
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