From the Post
The focus of the drug war in the United States has shifted significantly over the past decade from hard drugs to marijuana, which now accounts for nearly half of all drug arrests nationwide, according to an analysis of federal crime statistics released yesterday.
Some Bush official says:
"This is not Cheech and Chong marijuana," said David Murray, a policy analyst for the anti-drug office. "It's a qualitatively different drug, and that's reflected in the numbers."
If it were legal, you could regulate just what kind of marijuana is available and the members of "violent drug gangs" would have to give up their criminal ways and go to college.
I have no idea how much money the government would collect by taxing marijuana sales and the profits of the marijuana selling corporations, but you could add it to the "$4 billion" saved by not arresting and imprisoning pot smokers. (Never mind how unfair it seems to put someone in jail for getting high.)
-Daddy Brooklyn 00:17 EST |