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Would legalizing marijuana in america help the economy?

✿Britt ❤'s Steven Tyler✿ 2012/09/16 15:48:21
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Would legalizing weed in america help the economy
with marijuana being legal in the us i thinnk it would help the economy. the income from it will be a lot of help to bring en money for the economy to help people in need and the faming will give people more jobs. it will help businesses from the ammount of money it can bring in. it will lower crime in america from less drug dealers on the streets. I am not a huge fan of it like most people in america seem to be, i could care less about it. i just see a potential in it to make the economy a little better. may not be a huge difference it will bring but it will be something. most countries already have it legalized, america is one of those outcast ones who still has it illegal. legalizing it will like i said, lower crime rates, bring in more money for the economy, bussiness owners, and create more jobs. that is my opinion on it, what do you think, will the legalization of marijuana help the economy?
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  • Tamara McMillan 2012/09/17 03:08:06
    yes
    Tamara McMillan
    +3
    OFCOURSE it would help! Just look at California for an example of that . . . it is the Largest selling and money making cash crop there! Legalizing it helps a great deal and all one needs do is watch a reliable program on the subject like 60 Minutes has had to know this.

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  • Bethany Ashcroft 2012/09/20 07:12:41
    yes
    Bethany Ashcroft
    +1
    Everyone will get high and dress up as super heroes :D
  • Scott (o)(o) 2012/09/19 22:46:03
    yes
    Scott (o)(o)
    +1
    in so many ways it would shock most people if they would just take the time to become informed !!!
  • bcarrera 2012/09/19 22:33:15
    yes
    bcarrera
    +2
    GENIUS!!!!!
  • SuiJuris249 2012/09/18 10:45:34
  • Tamara McMillan 2012/09/17 03:08:06
    yes
    Tamara McMillan
    +3
    OFCOURSE it would help! Just look at California for an example of that . . . it is the Largest selling and money making cash crop there! Legalizing it helps a great deal and all one needs do is watch a reliable program on the subject like 60 Minutes has had to know this.
  • Classical Liberal 2012/09/16 22:23:17 (edited)
    no
    Classical Liberal
    +1
    not really. There is no shortage in the supply of industrial hemp or in the supply of recreational/medicinal-use marijuana. It is cheap and readily imported at a low cost. It would be no more economical to purchase domestic hemp than it would to purchase foreign hemp; or to purchase domestic marijuana over imported marijuana; thus, it makes little difference economically.

    Perhaps there is one net economic benefit to it, and that is that it opens a new industry with a very low barrier to entry (hemp is, I hear, very simple to grow). This will certainly result in a few jobs being created. But that doesn't necessarily mean it will improve the economy as a whole.

    It would, however, be a boon to public finance. Not only would the justice system be unclogged of non-violent marijuana cases, reducing overall costs; but also the collection of revenue and income generated from marijuana sale would most certainly add up to a large sum. And ofc it is debatable whether or not this is actually a good thing.
  • SuiJuri... Classic... 2012/09/18 10:43:34
    SuiJuris249
    +1
    There are many things that can be made from industrial hemp in fact over 25,000 things from paper that requires less pollutants to make and recycle to fuel for vehicles to bio degradable plastics and even home building materials. An right now the reason most of these are not viable to help the economy is because hemp is not grown in the US.
  • Classic... SuiJuri... 2012/10/11 02:52:02 (edited)
    Classical Liberal
    +1
    I was looking only at economic factors. Importing industrial hemp is pretty cheap already. The reason it's not used for paper and other useful products has little-to-nothing to do with where the hemp comes from, it's already cheaper (looking at strictly production cost) to make paper from hemp than trees, so I think it's more a combination of the stigma attached to hemp as a cannabis product with the fact that the cost savings isn't enough to warrant overhauling an existing plant to use hemp rather than trees.

    Admittedly, I am not familiar with the specifics of hemp plastics or biofeuls.
  • SuiJuri... Classic... 2012/10/15 04:41:50 (edited)
    SuiJuris249
    The economic factors are that over $400 millions dollars worth of hemp fiber has to be imported per year. That is $4billion in the course of a decade. Now considering that with the amount of land laying fallow and farmers being paid not to farm tie that in with tons of things not being implemented because of having to import instead of being a readily available product and really America losses over a billion a year.

    Hemp bio-fuels and plastics would moves the losses into the 10s to 100s of billions. This does not include the medical uses for hemp or hemp as a food source. You know that gruel that they talk about in history? Well the fact of the matter is that it was made from hemp seed powder. An it is known to have saved the lives of millions of people through out history from dieing of starvation.

    Were not talking a few millions of dollars lost to the people of America by not using hemp in all its possibilities. Were talking over the course of a decade the loss of probably trillions of dollars. Not to mention that more hemp production and use would mean more jobs and less unemployed. Basically its a all win and no loss to go to growing, processing and using hemp based products. As hemp grown for industrial use is never able to even have enough thc content for viable drug us...
































    The economic factors are that over $400 millions dollars worth of hemp fiber has to be imported per year. That is $4billion in the course of a decade. Now considering that with the amount of land laying fallow and farmers being paid not to farm tie that in with tons of things not being implemented because of having to import instead of being a readily available product and really America losses over a billion a year.

    Hemp bio-fuels and plastics would moves the losses into the 10s to 100s of billions. This does not include the medical uses for hemp or hemp as a food source. You know that gruel that they talk about in history? Well the fact of the matter is that it was made from hemp seed powder. An it is known to have saved the lives of millions of people through out history from dieing of starvation.

    Were not talking a few millions of dollars lost to the people of America by not using hemp in all its possibilities. Were talking over the course of a decade the loss of probably trillions of dollars. Not to mention that more hemp production and use would mean more jobs and less unemployed. Basically its a all win and no loss to go to growing, processing and using hemp based products. As hemp grown for industrial use is never able to even have enough thc content for viable drug use. In fact hemp grown for industrial use is 100% opposite of how it is grown for drug use.

    Then we can get into the use of the waste product of processing hemp known as hemp hurds. Now hemp hurds have several uses that most are not aware of.

    1) Bedding for animals
    2) Feed for animals
    3) Heating of homes
    4) Burning in power plants to create electricity
    5) Burning to create steam to drive industrial plants
    6) When we had steam based farm equipment it was used to power it.

    All that from the waste product. Not to mention it can be used in concrete to make the concrete 6 times lighter and stronger. Also it can be used as eco-friendly insulation in buildings.

    So the real economic and other losses to America from not using hemp are way more that even a few trillions of dollars over the course of a decade.

    But please do not take my word for it do your own research about what hemp can be used for and then start following the logic of it all.

    You might try places like the following:

    http://www.hempfarm.org/


    http://rense.com/general49/co...

    http://azhemp.org/Archive/Pac...

    http://naihc.org/hemp_informa...

    http://www.hemp.org/news/book...
    http://www.hempology.org/ALL%...

    http://www.hemp.com/hemp-univ...

    http://www.sdearthtimes.com/e...
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  • Classic... SuiJuri... 2012/10/15 20:47:41
    Classical Liberal
    Given how inexpensive imported hemp already is, I see it as unlikely that domestic hemp will be considered as very lucrative by those in the position to grow for industrial purposes. Maybe if we were to pass new tariffs, but that's a bad idea for a number of reasons.
  • SuiJuri... Classic... 2012/11/10 18:15:20
    SuiJuris249
    Again I have stated and will again it was seen as a billion dollar crop in the 30s. Billions then equates to Trillions now. An imported hemp is not as cheap as you assume. Go buy a 5 gallon bucket of hemp seed protein powder and see just how cheap it really is.
  • Classic... SuiJuri... 2012/11/11 16:01:44 (edited)
    Classical Liberal
    In the thirties, we were already a major source of industrial hemp.

    To put this inter terms you might understand, you're expecting gourmet chefs to become burger flippers and think it's a good deal.
  • SuiJuri... Classic... 2012/12/06 06:18:16
    SuiJuris249
    I can see that you have not even bothered to look at all the uses of industrial hemp. Therefore you have chosen to remain ignorant and so there is nothing more to discuss.
  • Classic... SuiJuri... 2012/12/06 20:38:37
    Classical Liberal
    Oh, I know all the great uses of hemp. Fuel, plastics, insulation material, paper, and even hardened fiber construction materials.

    But we already get all of these through other natural resources. Our infrastructure is geared towards it. And there's not enough profit in going with hemp, at least at this current time, to make it worth the transition.
  • jerry 2012/09/16 21:13:36
    no
    jerry
    +1
    No, but it would make some of the things coming out of the White House not sound so stupid.
  • santa6642 2012/09/16 21:11:29 (edited)
    no
    santa6642
    +1
    Add more to the mess we already have .
  • A Founding Father 2012/09/16 20:21:34 (edited)
    no
    A Founding Father
    +1
    It would free up some jobs as the potheads would show up for work less often and many would be fired, opening a slot for someone else to have a minimum wage job tossing burgers and busting tables. Some would see that as a benefit, especially those who profit from selling dope.
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/09/16 19:20:25
    yes
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    +3
    Most likely.
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/09/16 19:11:49
    no
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +1
    It's a slippery slope.

    If marijuana is legalized for it's tax revenue, what's next? Pentobarbitol? Cocaine? PCP? Demerol?
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/09/16 18:55:23
    yes
    jackolantyrn356
    +2
    But do you wanna become Mexico @. Have your children come home headless and skinned because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Is it worth the Blood Money????? Eventually you will have to slaughter all who are part of the trade. You want that for America????
  • Tastentier jackola... 2012/09/16 21:20:51
    Tastentier
    +3
    The U.S. would become the Netherlands, not Mexico. Holland has a much lower percentage of both marijuana consumers and hard drug addicts than the USA, and also a lower rate of drug-related crime.

    The cartels in Mexico and drug-related crime gangs in the USA exist because of the current U.S. drug policies. If it wasn't for America's war on drugs, the illegal drug trade wouldn't be so profitable.
  • Scott (... Tastentier 2012/09/19 22:47:53
    Scott (o)(o)
    exactly !!!
  • Junior the Outer Space Musi... 2012/09/16 18:47:04
    yes
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +2
    Not a big fan of the green leaf, but I gotta say it would do a lot more good to legalize this than it would hurt. Not that there will not be risks involved, with legalizing this, there will be, but I think they are outweighed by the positives and right now the economy is so stagnant, it needs any kind of stimulation, and that would be one of the things to stimulate it.
  • Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/09/16 17:50:11
    yes
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    The taxation, reduction in incarceration and prosecution costs, and the boost to the economy from not only the sale of intoxicants, but other hemp products too, would help turn the economy around to a small but marked degree.
  • 1 cool bro ⚜ 2012/09/16 17:35:09
    yes
    1 cool bro ⚜
    +1
    less crime in the streets, less money being spent on people in prision and jail for marijuana. it will definately help more than it will hurt.
  • Næthan Æterna 2012/09/16 17:02:14
    yes
    Næthan Æterna
    +1
    However, most Americans believe that Pot is addictive, leads to Cancer, leads to other drug use (which is funny because that is only true because it is illegal), causes brain damage.

    When in reality, NONE of that is true!
  • Pookie 2012/09/16 16:19:59
    yes
    Pookie
    +1
    it has potential to help
  • brewmaster411 2012/09/16 16:09:16
    yes
    brewmaster411
    +1
    although I have not smoked it in 30 years, the war on drugs is just as effective as prohibition was in the 20's. Violence, gangs, and corrupt police.
  • Ozymandias 2012/09/16 16:01:20
    yes
    Ozymandias
    +3
    Hemp has hundreds of industrial applications. It has the potential of transforming our state of existence.

    But I believe it is for this very reason that it isn't legalized among the mind-altering effects.
  • ✿Britt ... Ozymandias 2012/09/16 16:02:57
    ✿Britt ❤'s Steven Tyler✿
    +1
    i just wonder why when so many other countries have it legal and not us
  • Ozymandias ✿Britt ... 2012/09/16 16:10:58
    Ozymandias
    +1
    I believe it is a combination of deterring economic competition and senseless moral abhorrence.

    There is no true legitimate reason to oppose the consumption of marijuana.

    It's toxicity (if it had any) should not be a reason for criminalization in a free country.

    The potentiality of inflicting harm upon others while under it's influence is trivial to none-existent compared to the same potentiality under the influence of alcohol.
  • ✿Britt ... Ozymandias 2012/09/16 16:13:46
    ✿Britt ❤'s Steven Tyler✿
    +2
    its like a big political oxymoron. lol.
  • Flor de Luna 2012/09/16 15:55:18
    no
    Flor de Luna
    +2
    I'm not sure how it would help the economy.Has the sale of cigarettes helped the economy any,or alcohol?As for the extra jobs,I hate to say it,but all the "illegals" would probably get those.No extra jobs for Americans.
  • AndrewTally 2012/09/16 15:54:54
    no
    AndrewTally
    +1
    As much as a popular policy this is on the left - it's not one I subscribe to.

    It's all very well saying that the Government would make money from taxes but I firmly believe that it leads to harder drugs.

    Also, would the tax outweigh the long-term costs on health care?
  • ✿Britt ... AndrewT... 2012/09/16 15:56:01
    ✿Britt ❤'s Steven Tyler✿
    +1
    from what i hear though cigarettes are worse than weed and it is still legal.
  • AndrewT... ✿Britt ... 2012/09/16 15:59:22
    AndrewTally
    +1
    Well alcohol is the worst of the lot - but I'd imagine we are too far along the road to turn back on both alcohol and cigarettes.

    I can only comment on here in Britain - I sincerely doubt it will become legal in the near future.
  • Næthan ... AndrewT... 2012/09/16 17:07:42
    Næthan Æterna
    +1
    It leads to harder drugs BECAUSE of it being illegal. If it was taxed and regulated like Alcohol and Tobaccoo are, it would be more difficult for kids to get their hands on it. They are introduced to other "harder" drugs by the drug dealers who sell them pot. The old saying "Out of sight, out of mind" rings true here.

    Also, Marijuana is a natural healing agent. It is used to treat people with: motion sickness, cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, ADHD, depression, etc... The tax increase would by far outweigh the long-term costs on Health care because Marijuana is not cancerous on its own, and it does not kill brain cells like the propaganda behind it would suggest.
  • AndrewT... Næthan ... 2012/09/16 18:52:37
    AndrewTally
    +1
    Interesting. Thanks for your response I appreciate any input on this issue as it is not my strong point.
  • Næthan ... AndrewT... 2012/09/16 19:24:51
    Næthan Æterna
    Sure thing. There is a lot of negative stuff floating around that would suggest that Marijuana is evil, but it is a natural plant that has far more uses for it than just stoners getting high. There is a study where violent crime rates dramatically dropped in Portugal when they de-criminalized all drugs. That is a funny fact, because you would think that violent crime would have gone up, but the stats in Portugal have the same results in other Countries as well.

    http://healthland.time.com/20...
  • ikeknight AndrewT... 2012/09/16 17:57:56
    ikeknight
    +1
    I know lots of people who use or had used marajuana and all but one have never tried hard drugs. I know they say people who use hard drugs started with pot so it's a gateway drug, but that's like saying people who use drugs breath oxygen, so oxygen must be a gateway drug.

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