Touchy subject but I’m going to tackle it! I wonder how many people actually support legal marijuana in some form or the other?
Decades of research point to a variety of medical uses for this unique compound.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most recognized ingredient in cannabis. It is best known for causing the high that you get from using marijuana.
As a result, THC has also caused the most controversy surrounding the plant’s medical use, with many health professionals citing the high as a drawback.
Economically legalize marijuana
All eyes were on Colorado to gauge the impact of the country’s first-ever state law to tax and regulate the sale and private use of marijuana for non-medical purposes. January 1, 2015, marked the first anniversary since marijuana became available for purchase for adults 21 and older in Colorado. For over two years, the state has also allowed adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana.
What’s happening with tax revenue, crime rates, marijuana arrests, the economy, youth prevention and traffic safety? What’s working and where is their room for improvement? What effect is marijuana legalization having on neighboring states and throughout the country? Will Colorado’s legalization law have a ripple effect on the rest of the nation?
Here’s what we know so far: According to the state’s department of revenue, the first ten months of legal marijuana sales have resulted in nearly $40 million in tax revenue. Denver saw a decrease in violent crime rates in the first 11 months of 2014. Statewide traffic fatalities continue to decline, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Upwards of $8 million has been allocated to fund youth education and drug prevention efforts. And the state is enjoying economic growth and the lowest unemployment rate in years.
Jon Gettman’s 2007 study “Lost Taxes and Other Costs of Marijuana Laws” found that the U.S. marijuana industry is a $113 billion annual business that costs taxpayers $31.1 billion in lost tax revenues. Gettman, who has a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, suggests that $10.7 billion could be saved each year from the country’s $193 billion in annual criminal justice expenditures if marijuana arrests – 5.54 percent of all criminal apprehensions – were stopped.
Last spring, more than 300 economists, including three Nobel Laureates, signed a petition supporting a paper by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, who argued the government could save $7.7 billion a year by not having to enforce marijuana prohibition. The report also found that taxing pot at rates comparable to those levied on tobacco and alcohol could raise $6.2 billion annually.That’s a total of $13.9 billion in savings and income.
Economist Stephen Easton penned an article in Businessweek that suggested the financial benefits of pot legalization may be even bigger than what Miron predicted. Eatson guesses that legalizing the drug could bring in $45 to $100 billion a year.
Taxing Medical Marijuana Brings in Cash!
Although the above numbers are all speculative and admittedly somewhat disparate, there are some actual, hard figures reported by states and cities that have had medical marijuana laws in effect for some years. In 2011:
Oakland, Calif., collected $1.4 million in taxes from medical marijuana dispensaries – nearly 3 percent of all business tax revenue. The state of Colorado collected $5 million in sales taxes from the medical marijuana business. Denver collected $3.4 million from sales tax, application and license fees for its medical marijuana dispensaries (of which the city has more of than it has Starbucks coffee shops). Colorado Springs, Colo., collected more than $700,000 in taxes from the marijuana industry. Oregon raised an estimated $6.7 million in taxes which it used to pay for other state health programs.
Estimates for Washington: $2 billion in tax revenue will be raised over the next five years; for Colorado: $600 million in taxes and savings over the same time period.
Clinton’s stance, that she will not legalize marijuana. CEO of XEROX Ursula Burns participated in a Q&A with Clinton which later leaked. Ursula used Wall Street jargon to cover her use of the word “weed”. Clinton Campaign staffers have worked on removing these speech excerpts, and this was one of them:
URSULA BURNS: SO LONG MEANS THUMBS UP, SHORT MEANS THUMBS DOWN; OR LONG MEANS I SUPPORT, SHORT MEANS I DON’T. I’M GOING TO START WITH — I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU ABOUT TEN LONG-SHORTS.
HILLARY CLINTON: EVEN IF YOU COULD MAKE MONEY ON A SHORT, YOU CAN’T ANSWER SHORT.
URSULA BURNS: YOU CAN ANSWER SHORT, BUT YOU GOT TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT LETTING ANYBODY ELSE KNOW THAT. THEY WILL BET AGAINST YOU. SO LEGALIZATION OF POT?
HILLARY CLINTON: SHORT IN ALL SENSES OF THE WORD.”
Hillary Clinton is bankrolled by big pharmaceutical companies.
In the infographic below by OurAmazingWorld.org it shows the comparison of each candidate of the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton of course, being number one and Donald Trump being the very last.
One of the main reasons the United States hasn’t legalized marijuana is due to the big power pharmaceutical companies have in our government. Once marijuana is legal, these companies will need to react to new forms of competition.
Donald Trump is pro-marijuana and promises to let states decide on legalization.
For marijuana supporters, the thought of voting for a Republican is bizarre. Donald Trump is the only hope for legalization. He stated recently that he wants to see it legalized and dealt with state by state instead of federally.
Trump’s whole movement is about Making America Great Again and recreating the culture of positivity all Americans once shared.
So if the legalization of Marijuana could help bring in billions of revenue, and can also help millions of patients, why is Hillary Clinton so against it? Simple Hillary Clinton is tied into the FDA scam of America a legalized marijuana would be very bad for the big drug companies!
Just think of the money America could make from taxation of legal marijuana. The money America would save on menial marijuana arrests and imprisonment, the court costs, the jail stays, that would add up real quick. Think about the money it would save instead of the high-priced pharmaceuticals used now, and a share of those high-priced pharmaceuticals are paid for by the government, through free medical insurance. It’d be like a booster jump-start to our economy.
But for me, it’d have to be the medical use that would be oh so important. I’ve watched several videos where children actually stop having life changing seizures time and time again. Or how cancer patients get an appetite or stop throwing up after treatment.
Did you ever stop to think maybe God put this plant here for a reason? Doesn’t the bible tell us in Genesis 1:29 King James Bible.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you, it shall be for meat.
There was never any mention of marijuana in the Bible. But many assume it’s a sin. But then again the Bible has been interpreted so many ways, and no one man will ever know the true meaning of everything in the Bible. God said as much.
So are the Hillary Clinton’s of the World worried it’s immoral, or less money in their pockets?
Let’s see, Hillary clearly is for late-term abortion, or as I call it murder, and she clearly supports gay marriage, which the Bible tells us is an abomination of God.
I’m thinking it is the Big Money Pharmaceuticals in her pocket! How about you?