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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Should California Legalize Marijuana? - Measure Would Decrease Cost of Weed by 80%.

Pot prices could drop as much as 80 percent in California if Proposition 19, the weed-legalization measure on this November's ballot, passes, according to researchers at Rand's Drug Policy Research Center.
The Santa Monica-based, nonprofit research institute predicted the cost of marijuana, which runs between $300 and $450 per ounce, could plunge to about $38 by eliminating the expense of compensating suppliers for the challenges of operating in the black market.

The researchers were not certain how much that decline in price might spur use, but noted that one typical estimate is that a 10% drop in price increases use by about 3%. Other factors, such as the elimination of legal risks, could also increase usage between 5% and 50%.
Should California do it?  Some arguments which have been made for it include:
1) Added tax revenues (X% of 20% vs. 0% of 100%);

2) A net loss of at least 80% to weed-related narco-criminal cash-flow and its resulting violence;
3) A steep decline in court and incarceration costs for minor criminals, as well as the ability to unclog the justice system for serious crimes, whether truly-dangerous-drug related or the kind of white-collar financial chicanery and political corruption that fuels American disgust and cynicism;
4) An instant leveling effect on many racial-profiling prosecution issues and unfair sentencing laws, with a concomitant if hard-to-calculate easing of race-related tension;
5) A pioneering example for other forward-looking and pragmatic states as well as the Federal government;
6) A much happier population with a whole lot more disposable income to reinject into the on-the-books economy.


  1. Yes, make it legal. There are no down sides to this debate. It will always be here, so make it legal so it can be regulated. It will be safer and it can generate tax revenues for states.

  2. Alcohol and cigarettes are legal. They both cause many more deaths and crimes. Pot actually has ingredients that help sick people. It is a no brainer! Make it legal and tax it!

  3. Yes, make it legal and sell it to people in Massachusetts.

  4. Make cigarettes illegal.

  5. Praise the Lord Carol Walsh!! I am with you. "Don't worry. Be Happy!!"

  6. make old lady perfume illegal.

  7. Is that a Bob Marly song?

  8. Don't Worry, Be Happy" is actually a song by musician Bobby McFerrin.

  9. Why will people go to Amsterdam anymore?

  10. Bami, why do you want it legal in Massachusetts haha.