The newspaper said the expected amount of money that would come to the national treasury if We the People legalized marijuana next month is disputed. Like everything else on this topic.
Some say it could bring in $460 million to the state – spread over five years, so it would be more like $92 million a year.
But that doesn’t include what goes to local governments, or costs to those governments, like new bureaucracy. But that would happen with any brand new industry. But it’s not a whole new industry. But we don’t consider the costs of treating those with real marijuana addiction problems. But, but, but, but. . . .
There are a lot of buts in this one. But . . .
But let’s assume, for scientific reasons, that the numbers from the latest study are 100% accurate. The newspaper reports that the Arkansas Economic Development Institute calculated the numbers, and we see no reason to dispute $460 million over five years. So instead of arguing about the decimals and what percentage of the market will come out, let’s take the latest numbers as they read and give the pro-marijuanas all about revenue.
Now we can discuss:
How much are we willing to take for the health of our young people, and not just young people? Is there a reasonable number? What percentage of our young people are we willing to spend on drugs to earn a few dollars? Or more than a few dollars? How much would you take for the future of this local kid? Or that child at your breakfast table?
According to the National Library of Medicine, a joint study by the University of Colorado, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard Medical School regarding the legalization of marijuana in Colorado came up with these points:
The number of people driving under the influence of THC (the drug in the drug) has led to an increase in the number of road deaths; “an increase in marijuana-related poisonings and hospital visits for children occurs”; and – no matter what the law says about 21, that is, 21 – the children entered the hideout. Arrests of minors for cannabis-related offenses have increased.
And if legalizing marijuana is killing the black market for marijuana, why are police in states with legal weed laws still arresting people for illegal weed? Could it be because illegal marijuana is not taxed and is cheaper on the street?
And remember, when you’re at the polls, today’s marijuana isn’t your father’s weed. Reports show that in the 1960s, groovers smoked weed with around 1% THC. By 1983, that level had risen to 4% THC. Today you get the stuff at around 15% in marijuana cigarettes. If you’re talking about marijuana extracts, you could get up to 90% THC.
Maybe that’s why people in the Johnson-Nixon era thought drugs weren’t addictive. We discover the opposite today.
We plan to look at the weeds, and the weeds, a lot more during these weeks leading up to Election Day. More editorials to come. But we’re pretty confident that we won’t be convinced by the financial arguments of marijuana advocates. The costs just seem too high. And they are underestimated by those with an interest in getting legal drugs off the books.
“It’s hard to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.” -Upton Sinclair