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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

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    It would definitely save boatloads of money in just the decriminalization alone. Add on top the money they could bring in ... and there is no doubt it would be a cash cow.
    Now ... I personally think it should be legal and see no reason for it not to. But there is no way it would cost the same if it was mass produced and legal. It would allow for good control of the product, cutting down on crime not only from Marijuana sales, but from lacing it, killing over it, etc.
    It would be a good idea at this point and I think I will probably see it in my lifetime ... but it would not cure the economy all by its lonesome that is for sure.
    It would be a cash cow, but hemp would also take away from many other industries. Paper, clothing, rope/string whatever. There are so many uses for hemp that it's legalization would be a detriment as well as a benefit, probably a little in favor of a benefit just because of the amount of marijuana use in the US, but not as big as some people like to predict.

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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

    Yeah ... I don't think it would have any chance of "curing the economy." Of course it would also be a major help to snack food industries and 7-11s. But it would also kill industries that require the person going more than 10 feet from their house.

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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

    Forget the war on drugs, decriminalizing pot would be the largest blow against the Mexican drug cartel.
    Want to know how the Mafia and Irish Gangs gained so much power in the early 1900s?
    Prohibition, bootlegging made a lot criminals a fortune and even elevated a family into political power, the Kennedy family.
    Drug cartels would still make money and be around but they would lose a huge chunk of their operating money, a much bigger punch than any government agency will be able to do.

    Always remember Al Capone was never brought down for murder, bootlegging, robbery or any other horrible crime, he was brought down for not paying his taxes.
    You don't try to stop every drug cartel gun for gun, you go after their money supply.

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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

    "midgensa" wrote:
    Yeah ... I don't think it would have any chance of "curing the economy." Of course it would also be a major help to snack food industries and 7-11s. But it would also kill industries that require the person going more than 10 feet from their house.
    Absolutely.
    The pain of the next four years would be easier on all if they were comfortably numb.
    Of course worker production might slip...
    alot!
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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

    We're only 2 pages in and I see a lot of great points and ideas!
    Any chances politicians think this way ???

    I'm not so sure about taking away from other industries...some would convert, some would stay the same and both would survive...hemp clothes are already available.


    More likely problem may be that people know who they know, and may be unwilling to go where they don't know what they're going to get.
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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

    From an Econ major, No.

    Way way way too small of a market to have a significant impact on the whole.

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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

    Mr. A, you and I are on the same page on this one.
    I'm pro-legalization libertarian, but trying to paint it up as anything other than what it is is pointless.

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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

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    Interesting.

    I don't think there are accurate numbers on marijuana sales. If it were legalized, the price couldn't be anywhere near what it is per gram now. Without the risk, the price has to go down, even after tax.

    I don't think there's much of a real argument to legalize pot besides comparing it and it's effects to alcohol and questioning why one is illegal and the other is not.
    Well you could argue the nation could at least decriminalize it and save boatloads of money used to fight it
    That's true as well, but the money would just be spent elsewhere, probably fighting whatever the media and politicians declare the next big threat.

    I have no problem with weed, it should be legalized, hell, I'd smoke up all the time if it were.

    There's no justification for keeping it illegal while alcohol is not.

    [size=10pt]The medicinal approach is a huge load of garbage in my opinion, it's stoners trying to put a legitimate face on their cause.[/size]
    pffft ....

    ridiculous

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    as far as regulating personal habits .......

    government does a piss poor job of it , what it does if turn non-violent tax paying citizens into criminals.

    i've heard numbers that range from $20,000 to $40,000 a year per inmate.... tell me that your tax dollars paying for that doesn't effect how much money your spending in the economy.

    what you do in your own home (in a true free society) is your own business and as long as you don't violate some one else's rights. when you start giving government to regulate something as trivial as sagging pants or smoking pot , than who knows where it will really stop.....

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    "but if we legalize drugs than medical costs will soar through the roof"

    why am i or any one else forced to pay for some one else's health care and then turn around and have to pay for my own as well? socialized programs that don't promote competition cause higher prices and poorer service......

    may be we should try true charity as opposed to forced coercion

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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

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    Interesting.

    I don't think there are accurate numbers on marijuana sales. If it were legalized, the price couldn't be anywhere near what it is per gram now. Without the risk, the price has to go down, even after tax.

    I don't think there's much of a real argument to legalize pot besides comparing it and it's effects to alcohol and questioning why one is illegal and the other is not.
    Gram?
    Back in the day we bought it by the oz.
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    Re: Could pot cure the economy?

    No, but legalizing crack could.

    Just make sure all of the economists use crack on a daily basis and the pie charts and bar graphs will all look great.

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