Posts tagged 420
MARIJUANA FACTOID OF THE DAY: The U.S. would save an est. $13.7 billion on prohibition enforcement costs and tax revenue by legalizing marijuana,
Vulture Capitalism + Marijuana Legalization = $100 Twinkies on Ebay…
THE BIGGEST WINNER OF THE 2012 ELECTION - Gay Potheads in Colorado and Washington..
Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
- Thomas Jefferson
Today’s Reason To Legalize Marijuana.
Substantiated Fact: Marijuana helps in slowing down the growth of cancer cells…
The Insane Economics Of Not Legalizing Marijuana In One Handy Infographic
There’s a lot of green in green. This infographic shows just how much money is falling through the cracks, and how much we’re spending to keep it underground.
With Ron Paul’s campaign fizzling, the idea that we might end the war on drugs is probably off the political table for the time being. The federal government (and many state governments) will continue to hunt down and prosecute marijuana growers and marijuana smokers. But, as you can see in this infographic about the faulty logic behind our ban on the drug, the government’s policies are resulting in a huge loss of income, without a commensurate increase in public health or safety.
What will happen to the children, concerned people ask, when confronted with the idea of a world filled with weed-smoking maniacs. Won’t our teenagers join an army of reefer-mad burnouts? We must protect them! But in states where marijuana is legal, the armies of reefer-mad burnouts have yet to materialize: 80% of the states that have legalized the drug for medical purposes have seen decreases in teen usage rates. Across the board, we have spent $33 billion on public service announcements to get kids not to smoke pot since 1969 and the rate of 12th graders who use marijuana is exactly the same as it was before we spent those billions:
In fact, the drug war doesn’t have much teeth at all, at least when it comes to marijuana. For one thing, it’s really easy to get. So easy, teenagers say it’s more accessible than alcohol, and kids have been getting alcohol quite easily for years:
Even assuming that legalization might cause an increase in teen drug use, think about what might be more important than children’s health: money. Lord knows that we, as a society, endanger our kids’ health in exchange for large sums of money all the time. And marijuana has the potential to be a huge source of cash; it already is for the underground economy in which it operates. In fact, it’s the most lucrative agricultural product in the entire country. In 12 states, it’s the largest cash crop the state produces. In more than half the states, it’s one of the top five products. That’s a lot of potential tax revenue going to waste.
And it’s not just that we’re losing potential cash. We’re also spending a lot of money to hunt down the farmers and consumers, which means the increase in revenue would be incredibly large: almost $21 billion on top of the money from actually selling the drug.
The infographic doesn’t dwell on the public health concerns of legalization. And they surely exist. The world would probably be a better place if no one was ever intoxicated. But we don’t really have that collective will power. We might as well make money off our vices.
The use of marijuana for religious purposes dates back to the second millennium B.C. and continues to this day.
Are You A Pot-Head?
Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew out to the streets of LA to ask an important question, “Do you use marijuana?” The politically correct among us will be happy to learn that, no, you can’t tell just by looking at someone. However, this experiment does seem to conclude that at least 75% of the time, if it looks like a pothead and talks like a pothead, it’s probably a pothead.
Marijuana Is Like Hipster Pilates For Your Lungs…
This Week’s Reason for the Legalization of Marijuana…
Today’s Reason For The Legalization Of Marijuana:
The odds are 3 out of 10 (30%) that you’ve already been arrested at least once if you’re a 23-year-old American….
Marijuana - One Of The Safest Substances Known To Man…
In 1988, the DEA’s own administrative law judge concluded that “marijuana is one of the safest, therapeutically active substances known to man”.