Old News But is it Fading News
I originally posted this here on 28 February, 2006.
While it is still interesting I wonder if busts like these are going to soon be history. Colorado reportedly earned over 2 million dollars from recreational marijuana sales in the first month it was legal alone. Furthermore, although some sources disagree, it seems that the legalization has actually lowered the crime rate.
I have also wondered why the government seems to have completely forgotten about why The Prohibition was lifted. The reality is that if people want to smoke pot, they are going to do so whether it is legal or not. The same would be true if they made tobacco illegal.
Forgive me if I seem cynical but, based on my life experience, governments love to tax people. It just seems logical that more and more states are going to wish to cash in on this cash crop. And lets just be honest, tobacco is legal because the industry throws money at the politicians. Once more states get a whiff of the cash flow from marijuana, it is going to be legal in more and more locations. I wonder what old bomb shelters will be used for then?
- Legal Pot Sales Soar Nationally As Colorado Reports Continuing Increase In Sales And A Decrease In Crime (jonathanturley.org)
- Six months after marijuana legalization: Colorado tax revenue skyrockets as crime falls (rawstory.com)
- Here’s The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed (dailypaul.com)