Legalizing marijuana; Cha-ching

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote from Davey Do
    Will Have?

    Is he any relation to Duz Have?
    Yep. First Cousins! They even kissed.
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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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    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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