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OfflineShroomerRoss
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US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession
    #11225735 - 10/11/09 11:51 AM (8 years, 14 days ago)

Greg Milam

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Sunday 11 Oct 2009


Campaigners in California say the state should ease its crippling financial crisis - by legalising marijuana and collecting tax on its sale.

Campaigners say business in California will prosper if cannabis is made legal

California was the first state to allow people to smoke marijuana for medical purposes but under US federal law the drug remains illegal.

It means campaigners pushing to have a state-wide vote on legalisation next year are on a collision course with the US government.

The city of Oakland, near San Francisco, this year became the first to collect tax on the sale of so-called 'medical marijuana'.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was forced to put drastic cuts in place to deal with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit in a state which has a bigger economy than almost every nation on earth.

Richard Lee, who runs a "cannabis college" in the Oakland district which has become known as Oaksterdam, says the industry is worth an estimated $15bn (£9.4bn) in California so sales tax alone would bring in $1.5bn (£0.9bn).

He told Sky News: "Just like alcohol makes a lot of money we learned with alcohol prohibition in the 1920s that when you make it illegal it doesn't stop people doing it, it just means more crime and violence and a loss of respect for the law and law enforcement."

Medical users in Oakland have to carry a card issued by their doctor which entitles them to buy marijuana at one of the city's four licenced 'coffee shop' dispensaries.
But police dispute the medical benefits of marijuana and insist the drug remains a 'gateway' to harder substances.

Special Agent Bob Cooke, the man in charge of California's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, told Sky News any amount of tax collected would not pay for the damage caused.

He said: "We're not making enough money now to care for all the people in hospital with illnesses caused by smoking cigarettes for 30 years and quitting 20 years ago, so who is going to pay for all of this."

Pro-legalisation campaigners believe the move is inevitable in California and that big business cannot wait.

Eric Sligh, who runs Grow magazine, said: "Everyone says the big tobacco companies are hovering over and they are ready to pounce the second marijuana is legalised.

"They think it is going to happen, they have binoculars and are just sitting and waiting for legalisation and they're going to cash in."

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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11225765 - 10/11/09 11:59 AM (8 years, 14 days ago)

"He said: "We're not making enough money now to care for all the people in hospital with illnesses caused by smoking cigarettes for 30 years and quitting 20 years ago, so who is going to pay for all of this." "

now that's some great reasoning!


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11225820 - 10/11/09 12:15 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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to deal with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit





how much is marijuana gonna bring in? like a couple million? its like a child giving their piggy bank to someone who's house just burned down. if it takes idiots thinking marijuana will end the recession to legalize pot so be it but its not even going to help AT ALL. Its pathetic, as i have said before, that we dont give a fuck about how wrong the laws are, how many people are hurt, how immoral this whole thing is, how it goes against everything america supposedly stand for. no we want money. we associate it with helping with the recession poor us, we debate how much it might help us financially. fuck america


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: OrgasmicBanana]
    #11225887 - 10/11/09 12:34 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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ShroomerRoss said:

to deal with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit





how much is marijuana gonna bring in? like a couple million?





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Richard Lee, who runs a "cannabis college" in the Oakland district which has become known as Oaksterdam, says the industry is worth an estimated $15bn in California so sales tax alone would bring in $1.5bn.




LOL FAIL.


Do you think the money the government gets from alcohol and tobacco taxes is like "a child's piggy bank"?

You really need to think before you type, or at least read the whole article.

Marijuana is California's #1 cash crop.  Doesn't it make sense that it would bring in some dough?


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: OrgasmicBanana]
    #11225922 - 10/11/09 12:44 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

i think that you are the pathetic one my friend. did just disregard all that information that was in the article? maybe you should finish reading before you run your mouth. and if you dont like america then fucking leave!


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: OrgasmicBanana]
    #11226031 - 10/11/09 01:13 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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ShroomerRoss said:

to deal with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit





how much is marijuana gonna bring in? like a couple million? its like a child giving their piggy bank to someone who's house just burned down. if it takes idiots thinking marijuana will end the recession to legalize pot so be it but its not even going to help AT ALL. Its pathetic, as i have said before, that we dont give a fuck about how wrong the laws are, how many people are hurt, how immoral this whole thing is, how it goes against everything america supposedly stand for. no we want money. we associate it with helping with the recession poor us, we debate how much it might help us financially. fuck america



lol ur dumb


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: OrgasmicBanana]
    #11226177 - 10/11/09 01:47 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

LOL, couple million.

:lol:

You're a regular economist, pal.


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: wildchild68]
    #11226500 - 10/11/09 02:52 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

Believe it or not, I think this crazy idea is right.  If Cali became the Amsterdam of America, people (potheads mostly) will stop going to Europe and will instead go to Cali.  Sales tax goes up, tourism goes up, tourist spending goes up, native californians start making/spending more, etc etc.

If they marketed it right, Cannabis Tourism alone would save California.


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Edited by b2x (10/11/09 02:53 PM)


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: b2x]
    #11226625 - 10/11/09 03:29 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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If they marketed it right, Cannabis Tourism alone would save California.




Wow thats amazing...Cannabis Tourism for California and fuck everyone else that has to live in another state. What happens when other states pass new laws?


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: CollegeGuy]
    #11226939 - 10/11/09 04:33 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

Then California will be ready to dominate a solid portion of the new cannabis market that opens up in the US.

They'll ship the finest varieties across the nation, as long as the Feds get on board with legalization.

Really, the Feds shouldn't have the power to interfere with drug business as long as nothing is crossing state lines, but the ability to regulate interstate commerce IS specifically spelled out in the Constitution.


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: b2x]
    #11228282 - 10/11/09 08:04 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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\ If Cali became the Amsterdam of America, people (potheads mostly) will stop going to Europe and will instead go to Cali.  Sales tax goes up, tourism goes up, tourist spending goes up, native californians start making/spending more, etc etc.

If they marketed it right, Cannabis Tourism alone would save California.




I'd still rather go to Amsterdam than Cali for a vacation :shrug:


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: youbreakyoubuy]
    #11228438 - 10/11/09 08:25 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: Society]
    #11228529 - 10/11/09 08:37 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.



dude......dont be so modest that shit would sure cancer, diabetes and, obesity.........and global warming BY GOD it would even save the whales....


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: Society]
    #11228534 - 10/11/09 08:39 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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Society said:
Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.




But how will they control us without the media :confused:


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: CollegeGuy]
    #11228545 - 10/11/09 08:40 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.




But how will they control us without the media :confused:



it would also get rid of dumb questions :P jk it was an ironic statement anyway


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: CollegeGuy]
    #11228640 - 10/11/09 08:49 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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CollegeGuy said:
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Society said:
Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.




But how will they control us without the media :confused:




Implants, duh.


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: Society]
    #11228667 - 10/11/09 08:52 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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Society said:
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CollegeGuy said:
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Society said:
Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.




But how will they control us without the media :confused:




Implants, duh.



no need all will be solved without televised media


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: Society]
    #11228683 - 10/11/09 08:55 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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Society said:
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CollegeGuy said:
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Society said:
Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.




But how will they control us without the media :confused:




Implants, duh.




I knew thats why we all "need" the H1N1 vaccine. IMPLANTS!!!!!


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: CollegeGuy]
    #11229825 - 10/11/09 11:50 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

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CollegeGuy said:
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Society said:
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CollegeGuy said:
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Society said:
Getting rid of the paper and televised media will stop the recession.

And the H1N1 virus.




But how will they control us without the media :confused:




Implants, duh.




I knew thats why we all "need" the H1N1 vaccine. IMPLANTS!!!!!



YOU CAN CUM ON NEW....ITS JUST A WORD THERE IS NO PHYSICAL NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: US: Legalising Cannabis Could Stop Recession [Re: Invisible_Woe]
    #11229893 - 10/12/09 12:01 AM (8 years, 14 days ago)

maybe you meant come*? if not your either really disgusting or I'm just not sure what your on...


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