Thursday, May 07, 2009

Will legalizing pot help the economy?

Well duh.

It's remarkable that it's taken a recession of this magnitude to bring marijuana back to the table, but the Governator is finally talking about it. Beyond the legalization, regulation and taxation of the drug itself, there are the numerous applications for the plant fiber. The industry as a whole will more than offset any job-losses in the drug enforcement field. The fiber from the plant will be an ecologically sound boon to paper, clothing and other industries, which will give something of a loss of profit for the cotton industry, which may be the only reason we're having this discussion now, rather than 20 or 30 years ago.

1 comment:

wolfger said...

I'm sensing a trend here... taxing prostitution, legalizing marijuana... You're trying to make the world a better place, or something. :-p

Truth is, legalizing drugs would be a *huge* step in the right direction, financially. Increased tax revenue, decreased cost to users, increased income to farmers, decreased revenue to organized crime and street gangs, decreased costs of enforcement and incarceration. The "war on drugs" is a big sucking hole in the economy into which we pour billions of dollars for no measurable benefit. Legalize, regulate, tax.