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What do you think about cannabis?
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I did a massive research paper on the possible outcomes of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. my senior year of college...... long story short.....
we should have learned from our trials with alcohol that prohibition of a substance is not an effective means of regulating it within a society. Legalization and taxation not only improve the government's ability to regulate the spread/consumption of marijuana, but also generate revenue for government programs (think our government could use some funds?). I likened the process which should be implemented to a hybrid of the current systems used for the regulation of alcohol and tobacco (usage restrictions of alcohol, tax practices/packaging used by tobacco). The only exception to this would be those who would use marijuana for medicinal purposes as they would receive the product tax free from government-run dispensaries. And this would only apply to those with serious (significantly life altering) medical conditions, not simply people who have a little "back pain" or trouble sleeping, etc., they would have to pay the tax.
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I did a massive research paper on the possible outcomes of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. my senior year of college...... long story short.....
we should have learned from our trials with alcohol that prohibition of a substance is not an effective means of regulating it within a society. Legalization and taxation not only improve the government's ability to regulate the spread/consumption of marijuana, but also generate revenue for government programs (think our government could use some funds?). I likened the process which should be implemented to a hybrid of the current systems used for the regulation of alcohol and tobacco (usage restrictions of alcohol, tax practices/packaging used by tobacco). The only exception to this would be those who would use marijuana for medicinal purposes as they would receive the product tax free from government-run dispensaries. And this would only apply to those with serious (significantly life altering) medical conditions, not simply people who have a little "back pain" or trouble sleeping, etc., they would have to pay the tax.


did you ever learn about Harry J Anslinger? he was put in charge of the propaganda campaign in the same era that bought you films like "reefer madness" some of his quotes -

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

"Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

"Two Negros took a girl fourteen years old and kept her for two days under the influence of hemp. Upon recovery she was found to be suffering from syphilis"


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That’s a nice little theory ya got there, but as Einstein said, “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.”
Look at the state of Pennsylvania, it control all sales of liquor through government run state stores AND THEY CAN’T EVEN MAKE A PROFIT. If government can’t sell booze and make a profit, it’s doubtful that any venture into pot would be any different.

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thekevin4 wrote:


That’s a nice little theory ya got there, but as Einstein said, “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.”
Look at the state of Pennsylvania, it control all sales of liquor through government run state stores AND THEY CAN’T EVEN MAKE A PROFIT. If government can’t sell booze and make a profit, it’s doubtful that any venture into pot would be any different.



My apologies should have been more clear, in my plan non-medicinal marijuana is not sold through government-owned dispensaries and the government collects revenue through the taxes, only in the medicinal case does the government own the dispensary so that they may collect profit from the actual sale since tax will not be applied. Although this does not necessarily alter the point you were making I felt it still needed clarification. You do raise and valid point and in response to it I do wish to say that it was never my intent to promote this plan as a big-time money making beast, however it is undeniable that the tax revenue generated would be able to make significant contributions to government budgets overall (more so in some states than others of course). The main point I wished to emphasize was that although my plan is in no way perfect, it would be a vast improvement over the current system.



@AruarianDance: I did indeed come across many similarly hilarious portrayals of the dangers of pot smoking during my research, quite entertaining
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I do believe that a positive aspect of legalization would be the reduction of violence currently associated with drugs.
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thekevin4 wrote:


My apologies should have been more clear, in my plan non-medicinal marijuana is not sold through government-owned dispensaries and the government collects revenue through the taxes, only in the medicinal case does the government own the dispensary so that they may collect profit from the actual sale since tax will not be applied. Although this does not necessarily alter the point you were making I felt it still needed clarification. You do raise and valid point and in response to it I do wish to say that it was never my intent to promote this plan as a big-time money making beast, however it is undeniable that the tax revenue generated would be able to make significant contributions to government budgets overall (more so in some states than others of course). The main point I wished to emphasize was that although my plan is in no way perfect, it would be a vast improvement over the current system.


I do believe that a positive aspect of legalization would be the reduction of violence currently associated with drugs.

Very much so, not to mention the security it would provide for American farmers by giving them a stable, valuable crop which can be grown year round in a wide variety of climate types


Edit: I have given up on trying to figure out why your last post is appearing outside the "quote-box"
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I won't say it's useless but I won't say it gives you spiritual insight, nor would I say that about any other drugs. You draw spiritual insight by using your mind - not by using materials which is what I believe a drug IS.

I've never taken any drugs but I do drink on occasion, and I'd probably use it for the same purpose of loosening up so my mind isn't so focused on other things that I can't just relax and have thoughtless fun.
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