“It has been touted as a successful treatment for everything from insomnia and depression to Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Now supporters of legalized marijuana are making perhaps their most extravagant claim yet: that the drug can solve California’s spiraling financial crisis. A series of television ads was launched yesterday…”. This extract from The Independent concurs with what Java and I have been on about all these many years – most recently in the post on whether the war on drugs makes any sense at all.
The State of California was perhaps one of the leaders in decriminalizing Cannabis if used for medical reasons under prescription. The following extract from Wikipedia spells it out:
California passed Proposition 215 in 1996, later renamed the Compassionate Use Act, which would protect anyone from criminal prosecution if recommended by a doctor to use marijuana for relief from some serious illnesses such as cancer, anorexia, AIDS, and glaucoma. In early 2009, California state representative Tom Ammiano introduced a bill, titled Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act, to legalize, regulate, and tax the recreational use of cannabis in California. The bill remains pending. The legalization of Marijuana is said to have the potential to generate over one billion dollars of state revenue per year. Marijuana would have the same regulations that alcohol has. With every ounce of marijuana sold, there would be a 50-dollar tax. The State of California has a 26 billion dollar budget deficit right now. Placing a tax on marijuana would definitely be beneficial in helping the state get out of this deficit. California alone is estimated to produce about 14 billion dollars worth of marijuana per year.
Let’s hope that California will be successful in its endeavour to be sensible about this matter which will result in cutting the massive costs that result from the criminalizing of this herb that has been used for centuries by a variety of cultures for medicinal and other purposes. I’ve spelled out some of the benefits of decriminalization in my post referred to earlier and the savings to the tax-payer, as well as income to the coffers of the countries – not to mention the reduction of criminal activities caused by criminalization. And perhaps if California does succeed in this effort, and the results prove the point with regard to solving its “spiraling financial crisis”, it just may pave the way for other states and countries to follow suit.
Jus don make any sense at all, maan…
Java doesn’t have much hope in Establishment policies – never has, really – so he’s already rolling a joint of some sweet smelling sinsemilla and has got The Stones on the machine doing “You can’t always get what you want”