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14 Ways Marijuana Legalization Could Boost The Economy


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Carrie
- 630 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Two states became the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use Tuesday, but it's not just users that may get a high as a result.



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Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 5:06 pm
Marijuana, if legalized, could be taxed the same as alcohol or tobacco.
 

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 5:12 pm
I wish ALL the states would legalize marijuana with a prescription, for pain.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 9:36 pm
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 10:45 pm
Let's hope it does.
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 6:30 am
Just from an economic standpoint it could benefit the country. Alcohol and tobacco have killed more people than the fragrant weed has. Throw in the social side and hey maybe we start seeing major changes for the better.
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 6:33 am
In addendum, let us hope that it isn't someone like Phillip Morris or some other tobacco giant that claims the right to market it. Legalize it; regulate it; tax it but employ the best growers and let it be wholesale/retailed by someone other than the big corporations. The only people opposing this are the politicians with big contracts to construct and manage the penal systems; the police with big anti drug budgets; and the organized crime groups. Give it back to the people.
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 12:49 pm
What is needed is a change in Federal law to remove it from the prohibited narcotics schedule, then states may do what they like, which should be sell it in liquor stores just like alcohol, tax it like alcohol and put a whale of a dent in the drug cartels profits and use them for our own state and federal budgets as we do alcohol revenues. Someday soon I hope.
 

Freya H. (301)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 6:37 pm
Here in Georgia, "blue laws" restricting when stores and restaurants can sell alcohol are falling one by one. Earlier this year we started having Sunday sales of bottles allowed in most of the metro Atlanta area. Maybe the "hundredth monkey" phenomenon will help eliminate dry counties, cities and days altogether. Yes, restrict the sale of booze to people of at least a certain age, and punish drunk drivers - but don't tell me when I can buy a bottle of beer!
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Friday November 9, 2012, 9:55 am
For people that choose to use marijuana I don't think they should be jailed. Jails are for people that harm others. We are supposed to be free to make our own choices and unless we harm others be free to do so.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 3:47 pm
Noted, (I think). Gene's got it right. In fact, I read a few days ago that The Powers That Be who are in charge of the drug scheduling are in the process of considering removing cannabis from Schedule 1. Finally! It should've never been placed in the same category with heroin & cocaine. Bill Maher had the man in charge of putting the bill to "legalize" cannabis in CO on his show last night, and he explained his successful technique for getting the votes. Bill offered to fund him to do the same in CA. The point is that alcohol is deadly and weed isn't....the beer industry is in bed with the gov't in CO and were labeled "pushers." Interesting.
 
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