"That is not a drug. It's a leaf”
- Arnold Schwarzenegger about marijuana, 2007
Imagine now if we were to legalize Marijuana and then allow for the creation of hemp farms as well as the sale of cannabis in a professional manner where it can be regulated in the same fashion as alcohol and tobacco. Instead of wasting resources on senseless arrests we could essentially reverse it and begin bringing in money to pay for law enforcement of violent crimes, as well as for infrastructure; due to this observation, police, sheriffs, and judges are pushing for proposition 19. Proposition 19 is a law coming up for vote in California, a law that would legalize marijuana for recreational use to those 21 and older.
"Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
-Abraham Lincoln, December 1840
How can legalization of marijuana stimulate the economy? Well, lets start a list and touch on each one at a time…
- Reduction of the deficit
- Instant Job creation
- Reduction of gang revenue
- Use of hemp to go green and make more products at a cheaper price.
Reduction of the Deficit.
As earlier stated, the federal Government alone spends $20 Billion annually on marijuana enforcement, what I failed to mention was the upwards of $30 billion the states pay each year. If legalized, their would be no need to waste money on frivolous cases and law enforcement would be able to focus on more important crimes. Furthermore, if legalized, the Government would be able to regulate it in the same fashion as alcohol and tobacco, keeping it out of the hands of children as well as bring in a tax revenue.
How will it be regulated, you might ask? Simple, in the same fashion, and with the same people who already regulate the sale of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the ATF. Perhaps with the new addition to their regulation authority we could change it to MAFT, or AFTM, or what ever arrangement they deem necessary. The point being, their would be no need for the creation of some new government organization, one that can handle the job immediately is already in place.
"If the words "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
- Terence McKenna
Instant Job Creation and Reduction of Gang Revenue
It is amazing how the legalization of one product can create jobs, take alcohol for example, how many bartenders do you know of? Better yet, how many bars are in America and how many people do each of those bars employ? A lot right? Imagine if we put the dealers out of business and replaced them with legitimate business people, people who are not going to sell to minors, lace the products with chemicals, or use the money to fund a gang. Hash bars could be created, waitresses and waiters, cooks, marijuana tenders, hosts, and an array of other restaurant staff would be hired.
With new establishments popping up the ATF, or new MAFT, would hire new agents to inspect and make sure that everyone is operating within the guidelines established. The array of newly hired employees and agents would begin to spend money, as they begin to spend money the domino effect will begin to stimulate the economy.
As new bars open, the need to go to a dealer on the street will be eliminated, the drugs will become cheaper from the bars and other legitimate sources and the dealers will be unable to compete in an open market. As people cease going to the illegitimate sources, gangs will lose a large portion of their income and lose the ability to operate.
"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?"
- Henry Ford
Use of hemp to make fuels, clothing, paper, and more products and at a cheaper price
Wouldn’t it be great if we were able to produce hemp at an industrial scale? The uses of hemp can only be described in a separate laundry list.
- Hemp Fabrics
- Biodegradable industrial products
- Biomass Fuels
- Replacement to some wood products
- Body Care Products
- Pet Food
- Art Supplies
- Food Products
Those are only the tip of the iceberg with hemp, sadly, many do not know that hemp is THC free, the chemical that gets you high when you smoke pot. Due to the inaccuracy of the news media, many people associate hemp growing with cannabis growing and are unwilling to give our struggling economy a boost in the right direction and are also perfectly fine with their liberties being trampled every second of everyday.
With this blog I am calling for everyone who reads it to write, call, or email their senators and representative to push for legislation to stop the invasion into our personal lives.
If the information sounds simple, thats because it is.
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn't the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”
- Bill Hicks