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originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: crazyewok
Surely a centralised goverment banning a plant is about as bad as that goverment giving out for free?
Well if it has the 'right' to ban guns then it has the 'right' to ban plants.
Which way is it ?
Neither it shouldnt really be banning anything at the fedral level wouldnt you agree?
originally posted by: whyamIhere
The truth is only indoor Cannabis can be used medicinally.
You just can't have bugs in your medication.
Also, it takes real talent and perseverance to grow medicinal quality.
Not saying anyone can't grow the flower. It will grow in a crack in the sidewalk.
Just saying medicinal quality is different from something a hobbiest might grow.
originally posted by: Terminal1
Now the question that springs to my mind is this...
What happens to all this new tax money?
The United States federal government may not be ready to sanction marijuana use, but a new agriculture bill is set to legalize preliminary stages of hemp production in states that allow the practice.
A new farm bill, passed by Congress on Tuesday, would allow universities and state agriculture departments to establish industrial hemp growing programs. If these research programs go well, they could pave the way for commercial hemp farming to become a reality.
James L. Capra, the chief of operations at the DEA, was responding to a question from a senator Wednesday when he admitted authorities are nervous about the prospect of legalization measures, which are becoming more popular throughout the US after decriminalization initiatives passed in Colorado and Washington.
“I have to say this…going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible,” he said. “I’m talking about the long term impact of legalization in the United States. It scares us.”
Lawmakers and cannabis advocates alike expect legalization measures to help boost struggling government budgets by attracting tourism dollars and tax revenue. Yet dozens of current and former law enforcement officials from around the nation have spoken out against the changes as the conversation has gone on. One reason, critics say, is because marijuana arrests and seizures indirectly provide resources for the DEA.
Last year, for instance, marijuana lobbyists attacked Bensinger, DuPont & Associates – a company founded by anti-pot crusaders under US President Nixon that now specializes in corporate drug testing – penned an open letter to a Senate committee criticizing the Obama administration’s stance on marijuana.
originally posted by: TiM3LoRd
What would a nation of recreational smokers look like?
Imagine people going out for a joint during their lunch breaks.
originally posted by: ABNARTY
Crime is down: Obviously. If we take away speed limits, speeding tickets will be down. However, still just as many parking tickets, expired plates tickets, etc.
Dollars are rolling in: Enjoy it while it lasts. How long do you really think all these small business will last with this kind of revenue out there? Pretty soon corporations will run this. Then there goes all your tax dollars. Don't believe it? Have you been awake the last few decades?
Disclaimer: I do not care one way or the other. However, these proclamations sound just a little too over pie-in-the-sky to hold much water.
$69,527,760 in retail marijuana pot sales.
-10,000 people working in the marijuana industry(1,000-2,000 gaining employment in last few months)
- 5.2% decrease in violent crime in the city of Denver.
- No Colorado stores found selling to minors.
- $10.8 million in tax revenue (not including licensing fees)
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
Let's do this thing!
This is great news. The effect is about the same as if they'd legalize gay marriage. More revenue, more freedom. No ill effects.