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Marijuana legalization would destroy the economy...not really

I'll admit it, I have smoked pot before, twice, once my freshman year in college and again a couple years ago while dating a pot smoker. I'm sure that's not a big shocker because most people have at least experimented with pot. Most people my age (27 on Wednesday) that says they haven't ever at least tried pot is probably lying.

The question is, what are the effects of actually having legal pot? Well they're trying that in California and for some odd reason people are panicking because, get this, prices are dropping due to competition. Call me crazy, but when prices on something I want go down I generally am a happy guy. The drug dealers are not happy though.

The best part though about the NPR piece I linked to is that they openly acknowledge that the more police crackdown on drugs the higher the prices are. What they fail to mention though is that that leads to more crime, it's the law of unintended (or maybe intended) consequences. The police crack down in the name of safety and the children, prices go up, habits get more expensive, and peaceful people get more desperate to support their mostly recreational habits.

When they get desperate they start turning to crime, they rob a bank, a convenience store, your house, whatever, in order to afford that habit. Reagen cracked down on drugs in 1983, causing a pound of pot to soar to as high as $5,000. But with legal medical marijuana and more competition that price is down to below $2,000 making it much easier to support habits.

I fail to see the panic, competition in the marketplace is good for the economy, it's good for you, it's good for me, it's good for everything and everyone.

Legal marijuana, and all other drugs for that matter, are also better for the users. Just look back to alcohol prohibition and alcohol today. Would you rather drink bathtub gin, or gin made in the marketplace in a controlled environment. You're out of your damn mind if in 2010 you would rather drink gin I made in my bathtub than gin someone made in a factory.

Part of the panic though is the fact that those who can't grow quality marijuana are losing money in the legal market. SHOCKER!!! That's how the marketplace works, in the black market you don't know what you're getting in terms of quality.

"What's happening is the people that don't have quality product aren't selling it," Blake says. "So they're the ones that are creating this panic. So it really comes back down to that, just like in every other agricultural industry. When you get too many vineyards and too many people growing vines out there, then only the good ones make it."

Matt Cohen is one of those growers who are making it. On an organic farm near Ukiah, Cohen raises chickens, grows vegetables and cultivates high-grade medical pot. He has avoided the downturn by distributing marijuana directly to patients. But other growers who rely on middlemen and dealers for legal and illegal sales are in financial trouble.

Oh the horror, "My pot isn't as good as yours and I can't compete, it's just not fair." Welcome to the legal marketplace for pot man, I'd rather light up the good stuff I know is guaranteed not to be laced or grown improperly than the low grade stuff that could have who knows what in it.

And note the 2nd paragraph in that section, the ones selling it directly are doing better. That's another downfall of government, if they're allowed to regulate pot when it becomes legal, like a lot of people want, then their regulations will force private home growers to sell theirs to the big guys. It works that way in the dairy industry, read all the hoopla over the raw milk debate going on currently. Private farmers like my cousin can't legally milk their animals and sell their raw, unpasteurized milk for human consumption, even though it has many health benefits.

"A lot of people were living on welfare and peanut butter and banana sandwiches for a long time before pot made it possible to be part of the middle class," Custer says.

Imagine that, pot is good for the economy. Why would anyone want to be a drug dealer? Well in it's illegal state you can make a fortune in that business. Legalize it all, who are you to control what myself or anyone else puts into their body? It hasn't stopped anything, just turned peaceful people into criminals and created a gang problem across the United States. Next time you talk about how times are different for your kids with all the gangs pushing drugs to kids and killing each other, stop and think first. Would we have this gang problem if drugs were legal? If everything they sell in the black market were legal, would we have problems with gangs at all? No.

Legalize it, in the name of the economy, in the name of safety, or everyones favorite...FOR THE KIDS!!!!

Comments

  • Dave 3 years ago

    You have got to be kidding me! A "mostly recreational habit" makes someone desperate to buy pot? If you are desperate, it is not recreational any more. You are an addict if you are willing to rob to get your drug of choice. Gangs will disappear? What about cocaine and heroin? Should we legalize those too? And pot will not be legal for kids, so the gangs will continue. Lowering the price will make it easier for kids to buy and use more, so how is that for the kids? Lowering the price will ultimately make it unprofitable to grow, so fewer will grow, and the price will stabilize, law of supply and demand. The other alternative is to create more demand (more kids have to get hooked as with tobacco advertising). Recreational users don't use enough to create enough demand for drugs/alcohol--addicts use most of the drugs/alcohol, so the market depends on addiction--and so-called medical use. Here's to the kids!

  • Johnny K 3 years ago

    Dave,

    Its people like you that make this world a fked up place. learn to calm down and DGAF!

  • Joe 3 years ago

    Twice? Yah right. More like "still".

  • Greg 3 years ago

    Yeah, "twice" my arse. I needed to smoke twice just to comprehend this article. And who the hell is this "Reagen"?

  • IntelProfiler 3 years ago

    The motive of this report was to discredit the pro-cannabis side using sub diffusion. Until November 2010 there will be many attempts by cannabis prohibitionists to blend with the pro-cannabis blogger's. There will generally be two folks involved in this deception, one that writes something pro cannabis but strategically places a ridiculous statement(s) otherwise making cannabis users appear wrong or just plain silly to the other readers/writers. A second writer will create the conflict by calling out the first writer on his/her ridiculous statement(s). Both writers appear to be at odds when in fact the entire event was fabricated and orchestrated to sway the audience to their way of thinking which is to actually keep cannabis illegal. These people are called online deceptavists (deceptive activists) and have been hired by the cannabis prohibition organizations in an attempt to undermine the voters of California before November.

  • joseph 3 years ago

    alright well first of all you cant get addicted to pot.. people rob other people to get money not cause there addicted...and also with crack and heroin you can overdose and die so no those should not be leagalized.. and also it dont matter if it is leagalized or not kids are still going to do it weather or not it is leagalized

  • joe pot smoke 3 years ago

    happy birthday on wednesday

  • Brett Perry 3 years ago

    Can anyone offer any elaboration other than implying I smoke pot on a regular basis?

    Joseph, everyone agrees drugs like crack and heroin are dangerous. But if someone chooses to use those drugs I would rather they be made in a controlled environment by people who know what they are doing than something made by an amateur in their basement that could be laced with who knows what.

    A lot of people died from alcohol during prohibition, how many people die from it now that it's legal?

  • Krysta 3 years ago

    i feel that you are exactly right. when you go to places like amsterdam kids are walkin down the streets eating an ice cream passing sex shops and pot cafes. its in their everyday life so its not a big deal. america has a problem with making little things bigger than they need. just because it seems morally incorrect to someone doesnt mean everyone agrees.

  • solo 3 years ago

    No one robs banks for pot, idiot. Stop the propaganda.

  • wilson 3 years ago

    Whats it matter, its going to be legalized in a few years anyway. I could sit hear and give you a bunch of reasons why it should be legal(for medical purposes),but theres no point...

  • Brett Perry 3 years ago

    Solo, do you honestly think no one robs banks or stores in order to get money for drug habits. Are you saying no heroin, crack, or cocaine user has ever committed a robbery?

  • Michael 3 years ago

    I gotta say, legalization, taxation and regulation would create literally thousands of jobs in cultivation, processing, marketing, delivery, quality assurance and retail. The big alcohol producers did the exact same thing - when alcohol became legal again those jobs were filled. Al Capone and his ilk, which had made MILLIONS in the 20's and 30's instanly went out of business. They did go to drugs and gambling as their main source of income. Point is, when their main paroduct became legal they had to turn to other sources of income and they were never as big a threat as they once were. Police corruption went down, crime went down, shootouts in the street stopped, the government had a huge source of income from alcohol tax and the US left the Great Depression era behind...see any similarities here?

  • Michael 3 years ago

    I gotta say, legalization, taxation and regulation would create literally thousands of jobs in cultivation, processing, marketing, delivery, quality assurance and retail. The big alcohol producers did the exact same thing - when alcohol became legal again those jobs were filled. Al Capone and his ilk, which had made MILLIONS in the 20's and 30's instanly went out of business. They did go to drugs and gambling as their main source of income. Point is, when their main paroduct became legal they had to turn to other sources of income and they were never as big a threat as they once were. Police corruption went down, crime went down, shootouts in the street stopped, the government had a huge source of income from alcohol tax and the US left the Great Depression era behind...see any similarities here?

  • John M. 3 years ago

    I would have to agree with legalizing Marijuana but not any of the other drugs that do more harm to your body. Marijuana is nothing compared to cigarrettes, alcohol, and cigars. It does not give you cancer. Does not kill you. You do not feel like doing anything but relaxing your body. It is practically the drug that can controlled by our body. Not addicting. I have been smoking for 5 years and I recently quit instantly. It takes no effort to quit. So Please for the economy, for the pain, and for the people that need help through daily stress. Legalize it.

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