Legalizing Pot in California

Looks like California wants to stay in the news after our budget fiasco. Tom Ammiano introduced a bill on Monday to legalize pot in California.

A state legislator proposed legalizing the sale of marijuana in California, saying the plan would generate more than $1 billion annually for the cash-strapped state.

What are the economic benefits and costs of legalizing pot in California?

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66 Responses to “Legalizing Pot in California”


  1. 1 Tim Honeycutt February 24, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    The economic benefits of leagalizing pot is too great to pass up. Over a billion dollars with hardly doing anything. Nothing is going to stop the use and trafficking of marijuana, so why not tax it. Pot is so much less harmful than alcohol. Legalizing it would allow cops to focus on more important things. Cops are being layed off and there should be more of them to help with murders, traffic violators, rapists and child molesters.

  2. 2 Jay Surface February 25, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    I think legalizing pot has the potential to have many benefits. Where my question lies is in the bill. Does the bill include a clause that will clarify whether it is legal to grow pot? If it is legal to grow pot then this bill will fail miserably. Think about it. If it is legal to grow how many people will waist their money buying it when they know it is legal to grow on their own. This bill must carefully be monitored if it is to succeed.

  3. 3 Gabriel Mayora February 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    This has been a disputed subject over the past decade. California’s lawmakers are conflicted over whether to legalize an uncontolled substance because it could revenue money into the economy. I believe this is a great oppurtunity for California since much of the state produces marijuana especially in the north. Mendocino county is currently a marijuana based economy since residents are allowed to grow up to 25 plants already. Much of the residents use these plants as their primary source of income. The pot market is already organized enough that it is creating income, legalizing it will barely change anything socially since everone nearly uses pot. In the end it is only a benefit for our state because it will now see a major flow of money that it could have been seeing if pot is legalized.

  4. 4 NVC Storm February 25, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Legalizing Marijuana would be a great idea for this economy. People are already profiting from marijuana, why not make it legal and gain money flow from it. People wouldn’t have to hide their plants because it would be legal to have them now. People are going to grow no matter what, why not help out our pathetic economy? I believe that pot is a lot less harmful than alcohol is, it is natural. I think our law enforcement should be focused on murderers, drug addicts, rapists, and serial killers.

  5. 5 Melissa Schmitt February 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    I think that legalizing crime would be a great idea due to the fact that it would not only generate over a billion dollars to the economy i believe that it will also reduce the crime rate. People are going to sell and buy marijuana whether it is legal or not so i think that at the time of this economic crisis we should take advantage of this because it will count more money to our GDP. I think marijuana is the safest of the illegal drugs that is not addictive and can help. The only problem is that marijuana is a gateway drug and although it is not that dangerous itself, it can lead to more dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine.

  6. 6 NK February 25, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    I think this is a amazing idea. Cannabis already generates a huge amount of money just with the patient base of the drug with all the doctors, depositories. But I do believe there should be a limit on the amount of plants one person can grow so the state still has a chance to distribute it and charge a tax to make money on it. This could acutally end up creating more jobs for the state as well. I also believe that marijuana has many therapeutic purposes and is not a gateway drug.

  7. 7 btorres February 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    I think legalizing marijuana is good and bad idea. Good because is going to bring some income to our economy and will help to get more money for others things like education and health programs. On the other hand, is bad because more people are going to be free to buy it and comsume it. It doesn’t matter if is for medical reasons or not.

  8. 8 Nikolas Bunton February 25, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Legalization of marijuana would most likely work well economically, for two reasons. One: the state would tax the hell out of it, even more so than cigarettes. Two: it would end the war on drugs, which is costing this entire country millions and millions of dollars. People who smoke marijuana do not need to be in our prison system. Overcrowding of prisons in California is taking its toll on our tax dollars. On the other hand, more people would be really stoned all the time.

  9. 9 Sherri Brown February 25, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Legalizing pot may help our economy since we are crisic with the lack of money. But will it benfit us in the long run i think not. pot is used for medical usage and the occassional illegal use. If pot it legalized are economy will head downwards, using pot makes you lazy and not motivated and children in our society dont need anything else to stop them from succeding. The money may help now but it will ruin the future of ourselves and future generations if this law is legalized.

  10. 10 Michael Huddleston February 26, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    I am still very hesitant to agree with this proposed legislation to legalize marijuana. One- I don’t believe that the immediate benefits out weigh the long term effects it would have on the people in our society. Two, what kind of message are we sending to our children; that certain drugs are okay. I’m not too sure I want a doctor operating after he has just smoked a joint. Thirdly, I don’t think by legalizing marijuanna people aren’t still going to have their own crops growing in their basements, backyards, or where ever else they grow them… let alone report their profits on their taxes, should they be allowed to grow their own pot. So, I don’t think by legalizing marijuana it will affect our economy to the extent that it is hoped. I think their will just be a bigger pot market.

  11. 11 ace1989 February 26, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    i really am not sure where i stand on this arguement you cant say that the whole children thing about some drugs being ok cause we already have legal drugs. i.e. alcohol and cigarettes. but at the same time if you legalize weed how could you stop them from legalizing all drugs. i think that the goverment really should not legalize it. but at the same time the negitive effect are not as bad as some perscription medicine. over all i say no.

  12. 12 dionicio arechiga February 26, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    I think this is a good idea because people can easily get marijuana on the streets so for those that smoke it will have to pay taxes. But if it becomes legal I think that most people will grow it and sell it so if the bill state that you can have marijuana but you can grow it then I think it will work. So basically it should say you can only smoke the marijuana that you pay taxes on.

  13. 13 Andrew Curry February 26, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    I have been saying this for years! Marijuana is one of Califnornias Biggest cash crop. California spends 14 Billion dollars a year on anti marijuana ads, research and court fines. 14 billion of the tax payers dollars by the way. If marijuana would become legal you could rasie money from the taxes and SAVE 14 BILLION!! i dont know why california did not do this long ago. And for those of you saying “marijuana makes us lazy” or “i dont want a doctor to opperate on my high” thats ridiculous. for those of youthat dont smoke, you dont have to start jsut casue its legal. doctors dont opperate on people drunk. whats the difference. and i also dont believe that we are “sending a bad message to the youth.” its not saying that some drugs are ok, it would be saying its not really a drug…..it grows naturally and it jsut happens taht if you smoke it you get a euphoric feeling. i can think of other substances already legal/ not banned taht have similar effects. But anyways i tihnk this is a great idea and it would save me $130 a year by not having to renew my perscription for Medical Cannabis

  14. 14 Ricardo Olmos February 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Legalizing marijuana in the state of california will fun money for national and state expansion. The money could be invested in new highways, education, and jobs. This industry would supply money, jobs, less criminal activity since pot would be decriminalized. ofcouse there has to be restirctions but so does tabacco and alchohol so to speak. The federal government may frown opon this bil, but they will be happy when the checks in the mail. It could be a bad idea becasue marijuana would spread acroos states that consider it a felony if not perscribed.On the other hand cops should be enforcing other laws and narcotic laws. I think this proposal is realistic and it has the potential to help us out in this recession.

  15. 15 Jordon Lovett February 26, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    There is no doubt that legalizing weed in California would bring in a hefty sum of money. The taxes on the product alone would increase profits or California and the federal government. Legalizing marijuana would also add to the nations GDP and eliminate some of the private markets for this product. The people who use marijuana today, are going to continue to use it whether it is legal or not, so if California could legalize it, they could get profits from it. This may seem ridiculous, but when the state is practically bankrupt, it may be a way to try and get out of the hole.

  16. 16 el Bouzkouri Youssef February 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    I agree with most people. I think that they should legalize it and benefit form the taxes. Making weed illegal does not stop people from using it.In fact, I think that all the states should legalize it because it would help the overall GDP. Even thought it would not make a huge difference, every additional buck would help the US economy to get it going again.
    1 billion dollar would be definitely helpful to California during this recession, at least it could be invested in education because this sector has been suffering lately because of the poor state budget.

  17. 17 BeuWolf February 27, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    Legalizing marijuana would help greatly to California’s budget problem if it were to be legalized. With funds like $14 billion a year crop involved with the states budget, how could you possibly past that up? Its supposedly legalized for medical use, but the DEA and the Fed’s still raid people’s home’s and marijuana bars, arresting still if the have all their legal papers. So they really need to close that loop hole. Needless to say the drug is way more effective that any pill the medical companies could possibly hand out and feed the public. It helps those with cancer and AID’s patients, it helps the live longer and fight back what ails them, with out as much suffering. People are going to continue to sell and grow marijuana, the state and government should just reap the benefits, in a since, selling and growing is a business, so tax it. Of course that doesn’t mean everyone start growing the stuff, have to come from a legal grower other than from somebody on the street. On the plus side, if it were to be legalized, it’ll help the prison system in moderation, shouldn’t be putting people away for something so little as smoking a joint. Make room for the bigger issues.

  18. 18 Samantha Arnold February 27, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Legalizing marijuana would help californias debt a lot. Making 1 billion dollars a year let alone from making it legal we would be out of debt very soon. Many people use it who have AIDS and different kinds of cancers not to mention all the people who have a card and dont have any medical issues. I think its a great a idea and california would be very smart if they legalized it.

  19. 19 janeth February 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    I’ve read most of these comments and they’re basically all true. I think its good and bad. There were a lot of ‘yes, legalize it’ and ‘no, its sending a bad message’, but for now i think it would be best to legalize it. What these people wrote is true, it would generate money and it would save a lot of money. Theres no stopping people from buying it illegaly so why not make it legal and like that it’ll help the economy. It’s sord of a win win situation.

  20. 20 Michael DeBoer Micro St. Mary's March 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Estimates based on federal government statistics have shown marijuana to be California’s top cash crop, valued at approximately $14 billion in 2006. nearly twice the combined value of the state’s number two and three crops, vegetables ($5.7 billion) and grapes ($2.6 billion) — in spite of massive “eradication” efforts that wipe out an average of nearly 36,000 cultivation sites per year without making a dent in this underground industry. This being said, it seems irresponsible for California not to legalize it. Taking drugs off the streets and helping to put real criminals in jail will result if this bill is passed.

  21. 21 Heidi11 March 1, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Even though many may dislike the idea of marijuana and are against the notion of legitimizing it, people are going to buy it anyway so we might as well let the government make money off of it. Although legalizing weed would surely raise the question of legalizing other drugs, there are arguably significant differences between weed and harder drugs that would allow for the legalization of one and not the other.

  22. 22 Kelli C March 1, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    There is a chance that this could help our economy, but it could also go wrong. By making it legal to be in possession of marijuana, more people will probably begin to illegal grow it knowing that their buyers can’t get into trouble for being in possession of it. People who choose to buy marijuana may also rather buy from a drug dealer who wouldn’t tax 50 bucks for an ounce. But either way, people are going to smoke weed whether its legal or not, so might as well try to make money off of it.

  23. 23 wordtown March 1, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    I think that legalizing pot would benefit the state of California. I don’t know if it would if benefit us the consumer, but only time can tell that. It is a natural grown plant, but if smoked too much, it could have some affect on people. I think it would be up to the person doing it to tell themselves when enough is enough. Some people might take advantage of it, but I guess it’s up to the consumer to have that responsibility.

  24. 24 SMCecon March 1, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Is this what the state of California has been reduced to? Our budget crisis has had the unfortunate consequence of jeopardizing ethical standards previously set by the state. While I do acknowledge the benefits of legalizing pot with regards to revenue generation the costs of such an act must not be clouded by the financial benefits.

  25. 25 jenna s March 1, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    The legalization of marijuana has been a greatly debated but poorly researched issue. Regarding its medicinal properties, marijuana reduces nausea and loss of appetite in cancer and AIDs patients. In addition, marijuana helps to relieve interocular pressure in those suffering from glaucoma. The natural drug also relieves symptoms of MS, osteoarthritis, and some psychological diseases. Allowing prescription marijuana would help many patients. Legalizing the drug would help California better tax and regulate its use. Overall, I think California needs to research and test marijuana to a greater extent to see if its benefits outweigh its costs.

  26. 26 Hannibal March 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    First, I think it’s funny that this blog has the most comments. Second, I think legalizing pot would in a sense create less committed crimes because it would be allowed, however, I don’t think it’s a good idea. People say, if it’s allowed then less people are less inclined to do it because it’s not seen as breaking the law. I think our state and even nation is far beyond that and there are so many people who are addicted or even not addicted, that the rate of pot smokers would only increase. True it doesn’t brain cells and there are no real scientific theories against pot being a damage to the human body but there are other effects that will escalate into a sloppier generation.

  27. 27 Gabriela Corona March 1, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Legalizing marijuana is a good idea, and more right now due to the fact that our economy is not doing so great. If marijuana were to be legalized the profit California would gain would be high and it would help our economy out. legalizing marijuana would definitely have to have some restrictions like alcohol and tobacco do. So I do not see why it would be a bad idea. It does have a negative side to it, but so does alcohol and tobacco. It is up to every individual to make their own decisions of how they will use this plant.

  28. 28 Rafael Barrera March 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    I also think it’s funny that this has the most comments. But on a more serious note, I think that yes legalizing pot will intern generate billions of dollars for our State. But like Sherri Brown, Michael Huddleston, and SMCecon, I think legalizing pot will negatively affect us as a state. People are scared that when they wake up the next morning they won’t have a job and they live day by day in this econ crisis. Whatever will give them a quick fix to a huge problem. If pot is made legal in Ca I fear for the Us and the younger generation and how this will influence the people of Ca. Yes there are so many people illegally smoking pot, I understand that but making it legal will just open the doors for more illegal drugs. Slowly but surely we will be inching our way to a negative end. Morally and Ethically, I say a big NO.

  29. 29 Kit t Kat March 2, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Legalizing pot just may be good, even though I don’t smoke it and don’t recommend it. Only because the economy sucks and pot generates billions of dollars, I say go for it. But I just thought, if many people make it and so many will learn how in order to sell it, there may not be many buyers since people can make it themselves. There will be a lot of pot supplied, but not enough buyers so will the economy really make as much money as it hopes. If there is a large supply and not enough people paying will the price of pot go down and if It does how is society going to make the billions. Frankly I don’t smoke it, like I said and even if it becomes legal I still will never use it. So I am just one person who will not be contributing.

  30. 30 Khaled Aboudamous March 2, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    They say money makes the world go ’round. If that is what its going to take for marijuana to be legalized then that is sad. If marijuana is not executed with proper care and discipline then it could be a large hazard. For it to be legalized would mean that things in our surroundings will not be taken as seriously as they are now. Marijuana has the effect of relaxing not only the mind but the body as well, this is not a good thing in terms of responsibility. On the contrary, marijuana could be a beneficial drug for those who have muscle tension, it is proven that it relaxes the muscles. Ultimately if marijuana is handled with care and induced in the proper hands, then by all means legalize it, but if its going to just be on the shelf’s of liquor stores for anyone meeting the age limit to purchase then time will take its toll and it will get out of hand.

  31. 31 frank March 2, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    I think that it would be good for our economy if we tax it because we could raise thousands if not millions of dollars because of it, but then again what message would we be sending out to our youth? and also we are going to have a lot more people smoking pot because its legal and it isn’t always a good thing.

  32. 32 Arnulfo Solorio March 3, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Hi all, this article is the most interesting one based on the people that have respond. I guess when it comes to some ilegal drug there is money. My guess is that if it becomes legal then people will have their own plants in their back yard, younger kids will start smoking and more people overall will get hook. I also believe that when something is ilegal people use it more than when is not. Yes I agreed with some of you when it comes to better our economy and since people are already using it then why not geting the tax benefit back. My last question is would we be encouraging smokers to smoke more and welcoming more to do it?

  33. 33 woltmon March 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Ok well there are probalby som pros and some cons to legalizing marijuana. I hope that before this goes through it is well thought out.

  34. 34 NicoleMB March 3, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    I guess there are a lot of different ways you could approach the issue of legalizing pot. In terms of the general public there are going to be many different views. Someone who smokes pot could see it as a positive that in this scenario there would no longer be such strict laws against marijuana. I may or may not take part in smoking but either way, I do feel the punishment against these types of “crimes” are unnecessarily steep. But then the same person probably wouldn’t be too keen to the idea of now having to pay taxes on the product. Also I feel sort of a downhearted sense that the marijuana market would then become subject to the laws of capitalism just like many of the businesses around today. It would be almost… ironic? Pot is just such the anti-big money drug. But then again I also think that there are more and more people who actually smoke marijuana. I feel like it’s more a part of peoples’ regular every day lives than one would imagine. So it would become more of another consumer good. Also, those who would be opposed to a measure like this would probably cry the same arguments as many other social issues – it’s “WRONG” and will demoralize their children and lead them to a life of drugs and that the government needs to protect them. My personal opinion I think overall there isn’t a problem with legalizing marijuana.

  35. 35 alan March 3, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    totally against the entire idea. Not seeing anything in there about weather or not one can grow it. however making it out there in the open for everyone to take advantage of is uncalled for. the last thing we need is for a bunch of people wandering around stoned 24/7 making bad deicisons. we already have enough low lifes out there as it is. we dont need anymore

  36. 36 B's March 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    When it comes to legalizing pot there are positives and negatives that must be taken into consideration. Most arguments will state that marijuana is not that harmful to a person and that alcohol can do way more damage. However the problem with this is that by legalizing it, there will be more people that will become users and even if there is an age restriction, younger people will still use it. Just like with alcohol the age limit is 21 and yet a freshman in college has no problem finding alcohol and the same could go for marijuana. So by legalizing marijuana we are encouraging people to use it. Marijuana has also been known to be a gateway drug that will lead to others so is that a risk we are willing to take? And if we legalize marijuana will people start pushing to legalize other drugs as well? By legalizing it we are opening the door to many risks that come along with it and that is something that we need to take a good hard look at to see whether or not trying to generate extra revenue is worth the risks that legalizing marijuana could bring.

  37. 37 Tom Jones March 3, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    I believe that legalizing pot in California would help our state get out of the huge state deficit we are in. We are in a national deficit but also a state deficit. Many young adults and adults smoke weed for many reason and taxing this product would only help the state bring in more profit but also decrease drug trafficing.

  38. 38 Rachel Sturm March 3, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    While I do realize that California is in need of new resourses, why can we not produce things that are good for our country rather then sell pot? California while known for being liberal, should not legalize the production and selling of pot! Imagine the lasting effects that this would have on Californians…crimes may go up, as well as high school drop out rates and test scores will only plumit. We need to focus on different sourses of revinue rather then pot. Why not be a leader in the production of solar panels or harvisting wind energy. The future market in the environmental field is huge, as such California should focus instead in that area of resourses rather then in the selling of drugs.

  39. 39 NVC March 4, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Legalizing marijuana would definatley help the debt issue in California. I sdont understand why it isnt legal already. The laws and regualtions surrounding it should be similar to those of alcohol. If it was legal, there might not be so many drug deals and problems.

  40. 40 Marilyn Monroe March 4, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    The economic benefits of legalizing marijuana in California would definitely have a major impact on the economy. By generating more than $1 billion annually, the state of California might have hope coming out of debt. The use of alcohol is much more dangerous than the use of marijuana, but still marijuana is not legalized. If the bill is passed then there should definitely be rules and regulations for the selling and intake of the drug.

  41. 41 LK Economics March 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    People have been trying for years to legalize pot but I think this would cause more problems in our society. Maybe those who think legalizing may help the budget but it would also create a crisis for more counseling and more drug addition programs. Not to mention more kids trying it because it is legal vs illegal. I don’t know of anyone who has taken this drug to function properly. What about driving and smoking pot what’s next.

  42. 42 Euan Brown March 6, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    What is the difference between pot and alcohol? Alcohol is in many ways a far worse drug than pot. Alcohol (in large doses) can make you lose your mind and be uncontrollable. I think today that alcohol would never be passed by the government. Although i dont think pot will be legalized there are many benefits, the $1billion dollars in taxes is just a start, it would also allow police to spend their time on more important issues and help the community rather than catching a bunch of 14 year old smoking.

  43. 43 Nancy Moussa March 10, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    I don’t think that legalizing marijuana is a good idea. It will just show that we are not taking life seriously. Yes, it would help make a lot of money, but is that the kind of reputation we want to have. I also don’t think that it’s good for children to be growing up in an enviornment that is okay with it.

  44. 44 Houck24 March 15, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    I think that legalizing marijuana is a great idea. First of all it can be regulated. People will know how much they are having/using and therefore it would be safer. Secondly, if you want to smoke you can right now, yes I think that more people defiantly would if it was legal but I dont think it will be a huge increase. Marijuana has been around forever, why is it such a big deal? I personally have never smoked it and never will but if it were legal it would create jobs and generate money.

  45. 45 Claudio Ramirez March 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    To be honest, its easy to see why there is going to be an out-cry if marijuana is legalized, but at the same time, weed is always gonna be round, legal or illegal, especially in california so why not benefit from it if your the state. In my opinion i think what they should do is make it legal but tax is heavily soo its pretty expensive and could be controlled to an extent and could generate probably for then 1 billion dollars in exchange. Sounds good to me.

  46. 46 Santi Orona March 18, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Marijuana is going to be used, whether it is legal or not. If legalizing marijuana could bring $1 billion dollars in revenue, the benefits would help California tremendously. In addition, cops could pay attention on other criminals and offenses. This would also allow the government to somewhat control the flow of marijuana. Considering the country as a whole is suffering, this money could be very helpful.

  47. 47 Gilberto Vazquez March 18, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Wow think how many tourist we will get from other states and even countries so they can come and enjoy some marijuana here in cali. the state will defintely make a whole lot of money and hopefully invest it into our schools.

  48. 48 O'King Kole March 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Its crazy on how California is going to legalize marijuana!!!

  49. 49 Keith C March 19, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Looks like this post really spiked interest with your readers! I agree with most of the comments in agreeing that marijuana should be legalized. It’s just a plant, a plant that has the potential to be abused, and a plant that has the potential to help the sick. Don’t let the criminals control the market for marijuana, legalize it, tax it, and regulate it. This would help California both save and make money at the same time, by slashing law enforcement costs and opening the flood gates to marijuana tax revenue.

  50. 50 quique March 19, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    This is a pretty good idea if our state is that bad of an economic crisis becasue of the fact that it make some much money illegaly imagine if they had a tax on it? they would get a large amount of money froom it.

  51. 51 Leonardo Sanchez ECON 101 April 29, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Im not for dugs but no matter what we do the drug will continue to be used. in the other hand if we tax it then billions of

    dollars will go to our govenment so we can help our economy from government layoffs. We all know cigars are bad but the govenment

    loves the tax juice it give us so we keep it legal. Same goes with that drug the tax can make a differnece even though it may

    be alittle bit in our society!

  52. 52 Hyo Kim May 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    I agree that legalizing marijuana would bring higher profit to California, and imagine the governmnet get tax from it,
    wouldn’t it be better?

  53. 53 Jim Castilone May 14, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    I think that legalizing pot in California is loaded with good and bad things. For the good, it would take the money out of the pockets of the illegal economy (drug dealers) and put money in California’s pockets (sin tax). Regulating it, however, would be hard. How can you determine where and when it would be appropriate to smoke it? Can you drive with it in your system? How can you tell if a person is explicitly “high” at one particular time?

  54. 54 tlr7 May 15, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    I feel like this is a good idea for the economy and since california is so in debt, it just might be what they need to do. I also feel that there is a reason why it is illegal, if it is legal obviously more people are going to be doing it. I feel like its a good idea for the economy, but I think people do need to think of the affect it will have on the people living in California as well.

  55. 55 Jerry Ellison May 16, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    I don’t even know why theres an arguement about this in our government. I feel like the benefits of legalizing pot would far outweigh the problems. More money to the government. Create more space in prison system. How can you say no to that. And i think that the effects of legal marijuana wouldn’t be any different that legal alcohol. And would it really change anything? Lets be serious. Keeping pot illegal is like reinstating Prohibition. Its an exercise in futility. All it does is increase crime.

  56. 56 Walter Munill May 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    The legalization of marijuana has been debated for years. Both sides have strong points such as if marijuana was legalized and they applied a tax on it similar to tobacco the state could potentially make a billion dollars a year. The other side of the coin if if you legalize this drug other people who use worse drugs will push for theirs to become legalized causing a plethora of law suits to follow.

  57. 57 Simon Kudus May 17, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    This is always a controversial topic and I feel that pot will always be illegal at least through out most of the US. I could careless personally if pot is legalize. But I would think it would be a good idea because crime would go down. There would be less people in jail and it would create more jobs. Also in the global sense it would help the GDP of third world country that already legalized pot and would consider exporting it to the US. I just don’t hope the tobacco industry doesn’t take control of it and turn an all natural product like pot into cancerous causing product like cigarettes.

  58. 58 Britany Linton May 19, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    I think the legalization of marijuana in California is the worst idea I have ever heard. It is already a problem in our state with it being illegal, which is probably the only thing stopping the ones who arent smoking. If everyone was driving around high all day I dont even want to know the accident rate. I don’t care how much money this idea would bring in, we would be hurting our state even more than it already is.

  59. 59 Carl Hernandez May 22, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    I think legalizing Marijuana would be beneficial for the state but i can already see so many people abusing it a lot more than it is today with it not being legal. i asked random people what they would do if this happened and some said they would smoke it and blow the smoke in a cops face. This just tells me that yeah it would be a very good way for the state to get money but it will also lead to major conflicts.

  60. 60 Carl Hernandez May 25, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Legalizing marijuana wouldn’t make very much a difference economically speaking either way. The reality of the situation is that states have the right to legalize it unless we modify the U.S. Constitution to delegate those state powers unto the Federal government to prohibit it.

  61. 61 T May 25, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Pot is the number one cash crop in California even ahead of Grapes. The market generates around 14 Billion dollars a year and supports whole communities particulary in Northern California.

  62. 62 Amanda Smith July 3, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Legalizing pot is a very good idea for several reasons. One is that it would bring in a lot more money (and we all know California could use more of that). Another is that police officers wont have to waste their time chasing druggies. They could spend their time on more important matters. And lastly, if pot is legalized, the abuse of it will go way down. The first year or two of the legalization may be difficult and we may see a lot of abuse of the substance. But after a while, it will die down because as soon as people realize that it is no longer illegal to use it, the appeal of it will not be as tempting. It wouldnt be rebelious anymore to use it, which is why a lot of people get hooked on it in the first place. It is invigorating to do or use something illegal. So take away the temptaion, and we wont have as many problems.

  63. 63 E. Speizer August 5, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    I mentioned legalizing and taxing marijuana earlier when talking about California’s deficit problems. I think it’s a great idea, because SO many people smoke pot these days, and in most places it’s not really frowned upon anymore (well at least in california). The benefit of generating 1 billion in revenue each year is way too big to pass up, and would certainly put a dent into our state’s deficit.

  64. 64 courtneyb December 16, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Well, I’m not exactly sure how this would affect the economy, but I definitely wouldn’t mind this change. Marijuana has many health benefits, and honestly, I don’t understand why cigarettes are legal and pot isn’t. Alcohol and cigarettes are much more harmful to your health than weed. The downside to weed is that it takes a toll on your short term memory, and if used excessively it will turn you into a dope. People who grow their own tree and privately sell it would be very happy about this. However I don’t know if it would be legal to sell marijuana casually, even with the legalization in California. It probably wouldn’t be a totally simple process, but I would support it for sure.

  65. 65 TTS06 December 17, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Legalizing marijuana in theory is a great idea for taxes. Marijuana is the number one cash crop in California higher than grapes as well. Taxing marijuana would be the hardest part especially since growing outdoor is so easy people would grow their own if they were that into pot and sell their left overs under market value driving the prices down and generating probably a third of the income from taxes.

  66. 66 Amber Davenport May 19, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    Although I see where the government is coming from in regards to the amount of economic prosperity that the legalization of Marijuana would have on our state, I don’t necessarily agree with it. Legalizing something that has been illegal for purposes of pushing the economy seems a bit immoral. As people have mentioned above, Marijuana is the number one cash crop in the state and creating taxes on the purchase of it would really benefit our state, but whats next? Whats the next illegal substance to be legalized for the sake of our economy?


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