YES! If Washington had a clue, they'd realize the answer to the deficit IS leagalization of marijuana! Reasons:
1- DEA can stop wasting time and money on a 'drug' that has been MEDICALLY proven HARMLESS AND non-addictive and go after the hard dangerous drugs not to mention most of their Mexican drug problems would simply vanish!
2- The tax potential is virtually limitless since any tax imposed will still make marijuana much cheaper than street prices and safer as it would be regulated.
3- Feds can save hundreds of miilions per year by NOT paying farmers to leave fields empty... let them grow pot! The tabacco companies are chomping at the bit and ready to process if legalized... granted there are many more steps thanprocessing tobacco, but their customer base is dying and they're ready to roll. (no pun intended)
4- I personally live in RI, a medical marijuana State, and use it for pain control. I've been on high doses of Oxycontin and can tell you ALL first hand that marijuana is WAY more effective and not addictive unlike Oxy... It took 6 months to ween off Oxy with a doctor's care and it was still hell! I know it's not addictive because I've had many times when I couldn't get it (like now) and I have absolutely NO withdrawal effects whatsoever.
5- Release anyone in State or Federal prisons for marijuana offenses and relieve the overcrowding problem in our prison system.
6- Let's not forget, marijuana was LEGAL in this country until 1937 when the Southwestern ststes put pressure on the federal government to outlaw it to keep Mexicans out... it was political! The depression was costing jobs and by making marijuana illegel, you could keep Mexican immigrants under control. (Sound familiar?) That was the beginning of the 'Reefer Madness' generation. The feds were pissed when they found out they made hemp illegal along with marijuana as hemp IS canabis! (Latin for Canvas.)
7- Drug dealers (pot dealers anyway) would be wiped out in one clean sweep... who's gonna pay street prices for crap when you can go to a LEGAL store, kind of like liquor stores and buy great pot in mutiple strains legally???
8- Pharmaceutical companies have WAY too much power in Washington and let's get real... Who REALLY wants to keep it illegal; the government or the drug companies?? Hmmm, that's a tough one! The drug companies would lose too much money if people really found out the true healing effects of marijuana.
9- Recent studies have shown (this blew me away) that the human body NATURALLY produces cannabinoids (what gives maririjuana its effectivness) and that marijuana makes connections directly with our nerve receptors making it a biological fit with humans! It was first though to disrupt brain chemistry, but not so, that's why there are no drug interactions when you use it. National Geographic Channel (I think) has a series called "Drugged" and the episode on marijuana is mind-blowing to say the least!
Seriously, aside from teenage abuse which is happening anyway just as it is with alcohol, I just don't see a downside. Before 1937, partucularly during prohibition, high society used it constantly! They would have their chefs bake it into desserts and confections. If anyone doubts anything in this post please look it up and I'd be happy to discuss it rationally.
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