Will marijuana solve the US economic crisis?
February 27, 2009 10:40am CST
What do people think about the possibility of legalizing marijuana, as a possible solution to the current economic crisis? One state recently decided to forego all prosecutions on possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, indicating to me that the stigma that has been placed on the drug may be dissolving. I have heard this come up in a few forums, and on the radio. I've always felt that marijuana should be legalized, and it seems like an especially pressing issue when you consider the recent spates of crime and corruption revolving around the Mexican drug trade into the United States. The question is very analogous to prohibition. When there is a substance that people will use (and yes, people who want to use marijuana, do use marijuana, regardless of the law), it is better for a nation to legalize and regulate it. This reduces crime, and also generates large amounts of wealth for the government, via economic growth as well as taxes that can be placed on so-called "sin items" (as with tobacco taxes). Things seemed to have worked out okay in the Netherlands. What do myLotters think about legalizing marijuana?