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1 wrenchwench  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 10:43:37am

Big Pharma would be the big loser, with the prison-industrial complex a close second. The amount of money involved in both legal and illegal drugs makes this the most entrenched stupidity we have, I think. Any changes would mean somebody's cash flow gets cut off, so they spread their cash around to prevent changes.

2 aagcobb  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 11:08:58am

The savings plus revenue add up to nearly $14B annually. Imagine if that money was invested in education and drug treatment.

3 Amory Blaine  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 11:14:08am

re: #1 wrenchwench

This. It's all about the money. Justice, common sense and freedom be damned.

4 Girth  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 2:30:26pm

re: #1 wrenchwench

Big Pharma would be the big loser, with the prison-industrial complex a close second. The amount of money involved in both legal and illegal drugs makes this the most entrenched stupidity we have, I think. Any changes would mean somebody's cash flow gets cut off, so they spread their cash around to prevent changes.

Don't forget the distillers, brewers, vintners, distributors and everyone else in the almost $400 billion alcohol industry in the US.

5 docproto48  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 2:31:08pm

What about us non smokers? I don't smoke pot nor do I have any interest in doing so. I don't care if you smoke it legal or not. I sincerely hope that The legalization that appears inevitable limits where it is smoked. I have fought enough to not be around cigarette smoke, I don't want to have to start the process all over again. Smoke to your hearts content but please keep it away from me!

6 jc717  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 3:05:43pm

re: #1 wrenchwench

Big Pharma would be the big loser, with the prison-industrial complex a close second. The amount of money involved in both legal and illegal drugs makes this the most entrenched stupidity we have, I think. Any changes would mean somebody's cash flow gets cut off, so they spread their cash around to prevent changes.

Not sure about Big Pharma being the big loser. The private prisons and the DEA would be most damaged. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.
This is such a no-brainer. 20 years after pot is legalized, people will look back in amazement at this absurd 80+ year prohibition.

I've never smoked pot in my life, and I don't intend to start even if it were legal, but the costs of prohibition are prohibitive.

7 aagcobb  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 4:17:20pm

re: #5 docproto48

What about us non smokers? I don't smoke pot nor do I have any interest in doing so. I don't care if you smoke it legal or not. I sincerely hope that The legalization that appears inevitable limits where it is smoked. I have fought enough to not be around cigarette smoke, I don't want to have to start the process all over again. Smoke to your hearts content but please keep it away from me!

I'm a nonsmoker as well, and I'm pretty sure the "no smoking" ordinances would apply to joints just as much as cigarettes.

8 wrenchwench  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 5:11:19pm

re: #6 jc717

Not sure about Big Pharma being the big loser. The private prisons and the DEA would be most damaged. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.
This is such a no-brainer. 20 years after pot is legalized, people will look back in amazement at this absurd 80+ year prohibition.

I've never smoked pot in my life, and I don't intend to start even if it were legal, but the costs of prohibition are prohibitive.

I can't find my source on how much big pharma has put into preventing legalization. There are a lot of very expensive drugs that can be replaced with home-grown pot. It's a huge issue for them.

9 wrenchwench  Mon, Apr 30, 2012 5:12:29pm

re: #4 Girth

Don't forget the distillers, brewers, vintners, distributors and everyone else in the almost $400 billion alcohol industry in the US.

Good point. Also, alcohol causes a lot of medical bills, car accidents and domestic violence that pot doesn't cause. Lots more money there.


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