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So california is looking at legalizing marijuana so they can tax it, they're looking at making roughly 35million/yr off of the taxes. I think it's a good idea, not only would it bring another source of revenue to the state, but it would also cut the drug dealing population down quite a bit. It would also help with a bit of the drug related gang problems.

Whether you think so or not, marijuana is a huge part of gang related crimes as it is easy to get a hold of and easy to start an enterprise on, eventually after making enough profit, you move up the chain to cocaine or some other drug that has a higher pay out with a lower over head cost.

(I know this very well. :wink: )

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It would cut down the drug dealing population? Uhm, it would just be LEGAL then. It's like making illegal immigrants legal so they aren't illegal immigrants anymore. It's not FIXING the problem, just calling it something else. If California would just be LESS socialist, things would be fine. But, they have STATE RUN healthcare in which roughly 800,000 illegals get coverage. If they would just get tough on illegals & crime, and cut that socialist bullshit out, they'd be fine. Illegal immigrants cost the state about 10 billion ANNUALLY anyway, so 35 million isn't going to help much. FIXING the immigration problem would help MUCH more than just legalizing drugs you would otherwise be put in jail for having.

Pot is NOT the answer, nor is it part of the answer.

Lassaiez-Faire free market and a flat tax would GREATLY help. (Look at Hong Kong?)

Personal responsibility and independence is key.

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Technically California has assistance programs, not free healthcare, cause if that were the case, I would have healthcare. And it WOULD cut down the drug related crimes, marijuana isn't really a drug as it is a plant, and if you just so happen to burn it, it has some side effects. Sure Illegal's are a main cause for the massive deficit in california, but the main cause was the sub-prime mortgage melt down. Illegal's have been steadily leaving california as there is no work for them here anymore due to all the layoffs and business's shutting down. Illegal's have always been here and they will always be here.

Many people are in prison here for the Third strike law, which mandates on your third offense you be thrown in prison for a minimum of (20 -25 years?)... Some of the people in california prisons have been caught stealing pizza's from pizza men and are now in prison for a long ass time. If you were to legalize it, it would not only free up much of the prison space, which is needed for actual criminals, instead of pot peddlers. Also, 35 million/yr is better than not having 35million/yr.

It is virtually legalized here anyway under the Senate Bill 420 (ironic, eh?), stating that, with a medicinal marijuana card you are legally allowed to posess up to a certain amount, and smoke with-in the confines of your home, but are not allowed to smoke out in public or drive under the influence. The same rules would most likely apply to marijuana as alcohol.

And if you look at the studies, alcohol (which is legal) is far worse for you than marijuana is. Not only does it have multiple health affects as does cigarettes, but it can kill you if you've had "a little bit too much".

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10 Billion stomps 35 million.. 35 million would hardly do anything at all. Yes, 35 million SOUNDS good, but in the big picture 35 million won't help much with expenses.

That's good to hear that illegals are leaving due to the lack of work though.

As for alcohol being worse, in large quantities yes. Even pot slows your reaction time like alcohol, so people would be driving while high... Same effects, same danger. Amirite?

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I don't think you are right, I mean, yes, it does affect your motor skills, but for skilled smokers it has no real affect on. I was once a half-ounce/day smoker and I could do all the things other people did, and no one ever knew I was high. I held a nice job for awhile and had a lot of fun.

But it's not the 35 million in taxes that i'm really looking at. Think of all the tourism and business's that would come about. Not only could you raise money from all of that, but california could corner a somewhat lucrative market making it exclusive to the west coast... California would be like an American amsterdam, with tighter restrictions obviously, but yeah. I just a see a huge profit margin in the aspect of legalized marijuana.

(P.S. I don't smoke anymore, and could care less if it is legalized, I just think it's a good idea.)

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We've talked about this on here before and its a tough subject.

One problem I see if its legalized is where will you be allowed to do it? I can't see it being allowed in public since it has the ability to directly effect those around you. You can't get drunk by standing next to somebody whose drinking but you can get high standing next to somebody whose smoking marijuana right?

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No I think it would be applied to the same ethics as alcohol, you can get drunk at a bar, but you can't drive from the bar (technically). and you can drink in public, with-in designated areas (beer gardens).

I believe they would put it under the same laws as alcohol.

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