Exactly! People are going to contine to use marijuana, just as they used alcohol during the prohibition. Why doesn’t the government accept this, quit filling jails with non-violent offenders and tax/regulate this plant. This plant DOES have medicinal qualities unlike tobacco and alcohol!
I was just reading a newspaper item (online) that says that cannabis sales in Colorado from 59 retail outlets has just recorded $US2million in tax collected, for the month of January. So over a year, it could reasonably be estimated that $24million will be collected. This is ONE state only of 50 in the USA
I look at the issue in Aotearoa/NZ.. where all profits from cannabis go to the black-market, zero tax is collected & $millions of tax money is currently spent on maintaining prohibition !
There are many people asking; ‘why the current draconian/outdated regime is continuing ?’ (even the NZ Law Commission – report in 2011, recommended law reform)
Surely Colorado is on the right track.. the tax collected can be now spent on health care, rehabilitation & drug education, BUT in this country the power-brokers will not remove their blinkers & insist on HARM MAXIMIZATION…
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