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Old August 8th, 2010, 11:01 AM   #1
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Benefits of legalization...

If we legalize drugs, we will be able to regulate and tax the products, we will nearly eliminate all drug crime crime over night... We'd eliminate most problems with overdosing or getting a "bad dose", and suddenly, there would be a lot less crime in Central and South America as well.



Corporations would eager jump on this... Just imagine the marketing and the clever products they'd come up with...



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Old August 11th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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For those of you who are interested, the following is the executive summary of a report concerning the legalization of marijuana that had been endorsed by three economics Nobel Laureates (Milton Friedman, George A. Akerlof, and Vernon L. Smith), as well as 100's of other economists:





Executive Summary



Government prohibition of marijuana is the subject of ongoing debate.



One issue in this debate is the effect of marijuana prohibition on government budgets. Prohibition entails direct enforcement costs and prevents taxation of marijuana production and sale.



Thisreport examines the budgetary implications of legalizing marijuana—taxing and regulating it like other goods—in all fifty states and at the federal level.



The report estimates that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. $5.3 billion of this savings would accrue to state and local governments, while $2.4 billion would accrue to the federal government.



The report also estimates that marijuana legalization would yield tax revenue of $2.4 billion annually if marijuana were taxed like all other goods and $6.2 billion annually if marijuana were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco.



Whether marijuana legalization is a desirable policy depends on many factors other than the budgetary impacts discussed here. But these impacts should be included in a rational debate about marijuana policy.







And, here is the complete report:



Costs of Marijuana Prohibition: Economic Analysis
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Old August 11th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #3
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And, here is Milton Friedman discussing America's "Drug War," for anyone who is interested:





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Old August 11th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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California is voting on a ballot to legalise marijuana this November. Surprisingly the polls show the NO vote is slightly ahead of the YES vote at this stage.



Apparently, one of the problems is coming up with a definitive test to prove someone is driving under the influence of marijuana.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 12:37 PM   #5
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California is voting on a ballot to legalise marijuana this November. Surprisingly the polls show the NO vote is slightly ahead of the YES vote at this stage.



Apparently, one of the problems is coming up with a definitive test to prove someone is driving under the influence of marijuana.


Offer them some munchies.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #6
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California is voting on a ballot to legalise marijuana this November. Surprisingly the polls show the NO vote is slightly ahead of the YES vote at this stage.



Apparently, one of the problems is coming up with a definitive test to prove someone is driving under the influence of marijuana.


That depends on what poll one references. A chart that shows the general trend of public opinion regarding marijuana legalization can be found here:







Source: White House Press Secretary thinks “professional left” who criticize Obama “ought to be drug tested” | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform





Regarding testing for driving while impaired on marijuana, the police can utilize-and already do utilize-blood tests. Surely, a blood test takes time to perform. However, it is certainly much more "definitive" for detecting recent marijuana use than, say, testing potentially drunk drivers using a breathalyzer. And, of course, the limitations for accurately monitoring marijuana-impaired driving will exist, regardless of marijuana's legality...just as long as it remains illegal to drive-at least to some extent-under the influence of marijuana.
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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XUWnxc6-GA]YouTube - ‪Illegal Drugs Bullshit‬‎[/ame]
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Marijuana stays in your blood for 30 days.
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Marijuana stays in your blood for 30 days.




And, THC is fat soluble, so if you begin to loose weight... it may re-appear in your blood.
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And, THC is fat soluble, so if you begin to loose weight... it may re-appear in your blood.


Wow. I didn't know that.
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