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Old 08-15-2010, 09:04 PM
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Pot is often called the biggest cash crop in America. The Fraser Institute, a conservative Canadian think tank, estimates that U.S. consumers spend as much as $110 billion a year on marijuana and cash-strapped state governments are starting to see marijuana as a potentially lucrative revenue source.
The Business of Buds: Why Marijuana Prices May Head Lower



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I am all for legalizing pot. At least it will help pay for all the expenses...and we can have cops doing real cop work other than busting growers/dealers.


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Isn't California trying to pass a law legalizing (with taxes) on marijuana? For a state as chilled as California, it sounds like a great thing. And the revenue generated might delay their demise.


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I do not even smoke that stuff and I am all for legalizing and taxing it big time.


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The $110 Billion is probably street value currently. If legalized, the value will probably drop to less than the 50% they assumed in their calculation. Their use of standard microeconomics analysis is quite interesting.


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I prefer the Bob Stutman's argument here: Legalize Marijuana for Tax Revenue. People will be less productive if they are *high* or will have lots of negative impacts on others. How do you like your cab driver that's high? Worse yet, bus driver...


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I do not even smoke that stuff and I am all for legalizing and taxing it big time.
Black market will still be around if you tax them too much.


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Isn't California trying to pass a law legalizing (with taxes) on marijuana? For a state as chilled as California, it sounds like a great thing. And the revenue generated might delay their demise.

Oakland is well ahead of this game. =) If they pass Prop 19 in November, then they will probably be working on taxing them well too. You can carry up to an ounce and be legally fine.

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I prefer the Bob Stutman's argument here: Legalize Marijuana for Tax Revenue. People will be less productive if they are *high* or will have lots of negative impacts on others. How do you like your cab driver that's high? Worse yet, bus driver...
They won't make it to work being that high.


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