The Benefit of Legalizing Marijuana

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When most people think about legalizing marijuana they envision a bunch of college kids laying around stoned and watching an old Cheech and Chong movie talking about how cool it would be.

The reality is that adults of all ages use it. The first issue some bring up when they discuss legalizing marijuana is the health risks of using. There are health risks due to the usage of course, but not any worse than other vices this country decided to make legal like alcohol, cigarettes, fast food and soda.

This is in no way a moral stance. The bottom line is that people will find a way to get it and why doesn’t the federal government realize it is a vice and not a hard narcotic and jump in there to legalize marijuana and reap the economic benefits in the form of taxes and regulation.

The tax structure in legalizing marijuana should be similar to the way they apply it to alcohol and cigarettes. In most places taxes make up more than 50% of the total cost of buying these two items. The base of people to realize this tax benefit is there with the utmost certainty. In a 2016 survey it was discovered that 40.3% of people ages 12 to 50+ have tried marijuana at least once.

That number climbs to over 50% in the 18 to 49 range. The number for regular users is considerably lower. Depending on the persons age and their frequency of using marijuana the number are anywhere from 1% to 12% which is still a lot of people. Of course it could be said that people are not always so honest in a survey like this because marijuana is illegal so the numbers could be higher.

One of the main arguments opponents of legalizing marijuana like to bring up is the fact that it is a gate way drug. In contrast statistics show that it is rare for marijuana to lead to the use of hard narcotics. There is also the economic burden to talk about in fighting the use of marijuana.

The cost of law enforcement and the price of housing all of the prisoners who are incarcerated due to marijuana related offenses is staggering and it all comes out of our tax money. Think if that whole cost went away and the government was actually making money in the form of tax revenue. Also if marijuana would be completely legalized then drug testing would stop and we wouldn’t have to use various detox drinks and nasty stuff like fake pee for drug test.

Nobody is talking about making it a free for all. After the tax is established there should be regulations and restrictions like those imposed on alcohol. Walking around on the streets buying it and using it whenever and wherever you want is not the aim here. Street marijuana would now become illegal and unnecessary.

There would be specific places to purchase it where identification would be required and the proprietor would have to be licensed and regulated. The use of this would be restricted to private property and tickets would be given to violations of this.

There would also be places of consumption set up like a local pub or bar. Again proof of age would be required and there would be controlled regulated usage within the establishment.

Like any other vice there are people for and against it. So forget the moral issue and if you don’t like it stay away from it.

Someone who doesn’t drink would not hang out in a bar all day. If it is taxed appropriately and regulated forcefully I really do not see a problem. It has worked in other countries. Hopefully one day the government will come to the same conclusions that so many other people have and realize the upside of legalizing marijuana.

Medical Marijuana to Stay in Industrial Zoning in Ferndale


Hopeful medical marijuana distributors in Ferndale suffered a setback on Sept. 12. The Ferndale City Council will not expand zoning into commercial districts, meaning downtown will still be off-limits.

Currently, distribution sites are limited to industrial zoning. It’s a $2,000 licensing fee to operate a medical marijuana distribution center.

There’s only one in town already, Clinical Relief, and it’s in a semi-commercial district under a grandfather clause.

Neighboring Royal Oak tabled medical marijuana until February 2017. As there are no provisions in the Michigan state law legalizing medical marijuana, zoning and regulations are left up to local authorities.

Why the Federal Government Won’t Legalize Marijuana


The fight for the legalization of marijuana, has been and continues to be a major struggle, even though many states have legalized the use for medicinal purposes. But there is still a catch to it, it is still illegal under Federal laws, and you can be prosecuted. You go figure. So why won’t the Federal government go along with the state laws or just simply legalize marijuana out right?

Marijuana’s medical benefits have been proven, there have been no medical proof that it causes health issues, and most importantly, it is worst for you than many things that are legal (Alcohol, cigarettes, gambling (casinos/lotteries), some prescription medication, etc). But yet, they wont legalize it. Why? Well it comes down to one simple thing, the almighty dollar. That’s right, because the amount of money that is made off of it while it is illegal, will be much higher than if it is legal. So you say they can tax it, well in comparison to what the government makes off it now, they will have to charge 3-4 times the amount of the street value that most stoners pay now. Here’s 3 reasons why.

1. Fines – The majority of marijuana convictions end up with the defendant getting a fine and possibly probation, that is unless you are caught with pounds or you’re a repeat offender. The fines that you are paying are to be considered for court fees and other fees, which our tax payer money is supposed to pay for, so it is basically 100% profit for them. They don’t have you incarcerated, your not under daily watch, or anything of the sort, so it isn’t costing them anything.

Even under the extreme circumstance that you are incarcerated for a marijuana conviction, the prisons get about $30,000-$60,000 per year for each inmate to house them (the amount depends on if it is a state or federal prisoner). Believe me, I was incarcerated for 1 ½ years, and that number doesn’t even come close to what they spend, Again, it’s mostly profit for them, that is taken from fines and tax payer money.

2. Courts, Judges, Prosecutors, Etc. – If marijuana is legalized, it will really affect the amount of cases or charges that are to go to court. In 2005, it was said that about 40% of drug arrests made, which was about 10% of all incarcerations. That’s not including the amount of marijuana convictions that got just fines or probation.

So that number would jump drastically. Now imagine, if the amount of court cases would decrease about 15%, and what would happen. A lot of these government workers would be out of jobs, and the government would lose millions upon millions in fines.

3. Almost Anyone Can Grow It – If it was legalized, even if the government placed a tax on it (which you know they would), people would simply grow it themselves (which will leave the governments pockets empty or close to it on what they would make off of marijuana). That’s because it isn’t a very hard plant to grow, it is basically like any other plant, it just needs to be taken care of properly.

I could see it now, almost every property will have a marijuana crop. What would they government do then? They don’t tax you for growing your own tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., if your not selling it. So it will just add up to more money that they would lose.

So all in all, the Federal Government simply makes to much money off of the illegalization of marijuana, and they definitely aren’t going to give that up. Everything else they say or use to justify the reasons they won’t legalize it, is just plain old lies.

But regardless the fact, there are a lot of pothead out there, and eventually they will have no choice. It might not be in this lifetime for most of us, but it will happen. We just have to wait for the government to figure out where they are going to make the up the difference in the amount of money they will lose.

Democratic Convention Should Be Safe Haven for Pot Smokers


A sector of the marijuana lobby has been targeting Denver politics for some time now, claiming that facts suggest that marijuana should be of lesser concern than alcohol in public policy.

With an item under consideration directing the police to make pot their last priority before the City Council, the group Citizens for a Safer Denver has volunteered to remove that item from consideration – if the city is declared a safe zone for possessing and smoking one ounce or less during the Democratic National Convention.

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With a Denver referendum in 2005 resulting in legalization in the city called meaningless because of continuing statewide prohibitions, recent misfires in the pot lobby’s legislative strategy have been characterized as procedural errors by the local mainstream media as well.

The City of Denver does not appear to have a way to remove items submitted for consideration, although the group points out that courts are unlikely to force consideration of an item which neither side wants, and while the State of Colorado does have a mechanism to remove petitions, the City of Denver’s laws are simply silent on the matter.

With the loss of their bargaining chip, the group, in a press release at their site, characterized the legal opinion of the city as a means of avoiding dealing with the facts and adjusting public policy accordingly.

A recent strategy by marijuana lobbyists targeted Denver’s relationship with local alcohol giant Coors, claiming hypocrisy in the alcohol/marijuana distinction, since city sports and entertainment facilities have Coors Beer advertising and sponsorship. Now, with the Democratic National Convention coming to town, the group has turned their sights once more to limiting enforcement of drug laws if they can’t be repealed, in this case during the DNC.


It’s possible that suspending drug law enforcement during the national convention of the Democratic Party might send the wrong message about the city’s view of attendees’ needs. The city is also known for its “420” tolerance, and a likely solution which has been put forth is to put the issue to the voters once again, according to Westword’s website, now scheduled for November.

Recent polls by local media indicate that a significant portion of the city’s leaders are not unfamiliar with marijuana’s effects.

As the marijuana lobby continues to find ways to gain legislative acknowledgment of their facts about the drug, the Democratic National Convention is the latest city function targeted as a publicity vehicle in the apparent effort to force change, and once again, the voters of Denver are scheduled to make a democratic decision.

But till weed is still illegal and federal law doesn’t change, drug testing will remain the same in every states in the United states, so better if you prepare and learn how to pass a drug test.