I haven’t formed a strong opinion before on Colorado’s legalizing pot. Do I think it should be legal? Yes but…am I in any substantial way supporting you & you lifestyle? Do what you want with your life as long as it’s not on my dime! But now I have formed an opinion & support it’s legalization, but I’m totally opposed to how it’s being done. Only state licensed shops can legally sell there. OK, so it’s all about revenue? And how is that working out?
Colorado expected around $100 million in revenue, it’s looking closer to $40 million. Maybe spring/summer will bring more tourist willing to fork out premium pricing to get a legal high. Costs looks to be around $40 for an eight an ounce. By comparison, street price ranges from $25 for an eight to $25 for an ounce. (If my numbers are way off, understand I’m not a user & have no intention of doing much real world research, this is just what I’ve found on the internet) I think my point is valid that the blackmarket is cheaper & will continue to prosper.
Marijuana has been illegal in every state until just recently. Is there a state where it was not commonly available?
Reminds me of prohibition & it’s failures. The could outlaw it, but like Pandora, that box had long been opened… And the attempt created an environment where violent criminals could reap enormous rewards. So to does the illegal drug trade. Mexico is all but waging a civil war against the drug cartels who has the United States as their largest customer. The US & it’s laws may not be the cause of their misery, buy we are the fuel that feeds it!
So if they have screwed it up in Colorado & everywhere else, what should be done? I think with pot, simply legalize it and be done. I would like to deny food stamps & disability to you & healthy to users, but if legal, anyone could grow it, so it would become very cheap. Might even hurt alcohol sales… It might also hurt other illegal drug sales & so weaken the cartels.
It’s been done in other countries & surprising to many, it gave good results.
One thing it doesn’t do & therefore is not likely to ever occur in the US, it doesn’t give the government revenue/power. Colorado profits from their law. Years ago we were told we needed seat belt laws to save lives. A friend was complaining being stopped & ticketed for not wearing a seat belt a few weeks ago. He wasn’t upset with the ticket or fine. What bothered him was being stopped for that sole reason. No speeding, weaving, drinking or other, just the seat belt. He was wearing a bright yellow shirt so it was easy to spot. He was just an easy mark to shake down for the states revenue machine. And so it is with too many of our laws today. So now I have to ponder, are we better off supporting our government or the cartels? Seems either way we have to give money to the guys with guns & neither are accountable to you or me.