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February 12, 2014 7:11 pm September 16, 2013 9:23 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/61474653045/some-facts-about-weed-and-the-economy">Some facts about weed and the economy……

The government would save an estimated $13.7 billion on prohibition enforcement costs and tax revenue by legalizing marijuana, according to a paper endorsed by 300 economists.
Inmates incarcerated on marijuana-related charges cost U.S. prisons $1 billion annually, according to a 2007 study, AlterNet reports.
Including lost tax revenues, a 2007 study found that enforcing the marijuana prohibition costs tax payers $41.8 billion annually, Forbes reports.
Marijuana growers account for $14 billion a year in sales in California, making it the state’s most valuable cash crop, TIME reports.
It’s estimated that illegal marijuana is a $36 billion industry in the U.S., MadameNoire reports.
About one-third of Americans say they think legalizing marijuana would boost the economy, according to a 2010 poll by Associated Press-CNBC.
The Sacramento News and Review saw a big boost in ad revenue when it offered advertising space for more than 60 medical marijuana dispensaries, enabling the publication to hire three additional employees, according to News 10.
Mendocino County, California’s zip tie program aimed at regulating medical marijuana growing by charging permits for each plant raised $600,000 in revenue in for the Sheriff’s department in 2011.
The city of Oakland, California raised $1.3 million in tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, 3 percent of the city’s total business tax revenue, according to The New York Times.
In 2011, Colorado pulled in $5 milllion in sales taxes from medical marijuana businesses, The New York Times reports
Economist Stephen Easton estimated in 2010 that legal marijuana could be a $45 to $100 billion industry, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
When hydroponic marijuana growing supply chain weGrow opens a new store it creates an estimated 75 jobs indirectly, according to AZBusiness Magazine.
More than 60 percent of states agree with taxing marijuana, according to a poll by Associated Press-CNBC.
A Norwegian study 25 years in the making came to the shocking conclusion that frequent marijuana use lowers employees’ motivation at work.
There could be more than 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in California, Pasadena Weekly reported in 2009.
As of July 2011, the city of Denver counted more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks franchises.
December 16, 2012 1:52 pm November 7, 2012 3:34 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/35231897388/guess">GUESS?

IN COLORADO:

A) Obama won, so did Yes on Marijuana Legalization.  They got the same amount of votes.

B) Obama got 30,000 more votes than Marijuana Legalization.

C) Marijuana Legalization got 50,000 more votes than Obama.

Care to Guess?

November 6, 2012 10:09 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/35188707383/fuck-yeah-washington">Fuck Yeah, Washington!

alihaley:

Washington fucking RULES today. 

SMOKE UP BITCHES

AND MARRY WHOEVER YA WANT

CAUSE GUESS WHAT, YOU CAN !!! 

October 29, 2012 6:59 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/34610965503/is-anybody-taking-the-colorado-potheads-into">Is anybody taking the Colorado Potheads into consideration?

I would bet that most people who will vote to LEGALIZE POT this year, will also vote for Obama.  I mean, yeah, Eric Holder has been vicious towards Medical Clubs, but at least Obama has SMOKED POT!

It would only be worse if Romney were President.

Also, my hunch is that most of these potheads have CELL PHONES not landlines, and have never been called by one of those Landline Polls (aren’t they ALL landline polls??).

So my hunch is that the pollsters are really not considering how IMPORTANT legalization is to Potheads, and how much it will drive them to the polls in states where Legalization is on the ballot.  It won’t matter much in Washington or Oregon for the Presidential race, but it could influence other races, especially in Colorado.

Am I wrong?

October 7, 2012 5:04 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/33123173891/talk-about-redistribution-of-wealth">Talk about “redistribution of wealth”….

I can’t think of ANYTHING that would redistribute wealth more than Legalizing Marijuana!

I mean, seriously, do you KNOW how many people would THRIVE with the legalization? People who are growers, people who own or work in cannabis clubs, people who own gardening companies, or auto showrooms, or gift shops, or (soon to be on every corner) cannabis cafés, and all kinds of industries that haven’t even been CONCEIVED OF yet!  I mean, it is already a booming industry here in California, where we only have Medical Marijuana!

Just picture it!  If Marijuana becomes fully legal (not just Medical) in COLORADO (which looks very likely), do you realize how many people will RELOCATE there?  The Tourism industry will probably triple, at LEAST!  People would travel from all over the world to check it out!  I mean, I know I WILL!!  Amsterdam in the USA, YES!!

And then think of all the lawyers, bail bondsmen, cops, judges, uniform companies, prison food and drug supply companies, prison gear companies, multi-million dollar contractors who build all these new prisons (they think they need)…not to mention all the big corporations that now use Prison Labor (at pennies per hour) for their Customer Service Call Centers!

Yup!  I see a definite redistribution of wealth possible here…and I gotta say — I’m LIKING it!

GO COLORADO!!

May 31, 2012 1:04 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/24144351715/libertarian-penn-gillette-explains-his-views-on">Libertarian, Penn Gillette explains his views on Legalization

"I think you should always ask the question of if you can solve a problem with ‘more freedom’, instead of less.

I believe, because I’m a nut, that if you don’t have the right to put whatever you want in your body, you’re not living in a free society. I would like to see everything legal. I mean, I don’t like to do ‘pragmatic’, as opposed to ‘moral arguments’, but we are unable to keep drugs out of prison. That means that the level of draconian police state that happens in prisons right now, still won’t work to stop drugs.  So that means that all we’re doing is giving a huge amount of money to bad people.

…I would be in favor of at least trying legalizing all drugs, because I think freedom means the freedom to be stupid.  No one needs freedom to do the right thing.  No one needs freedom to do the smart thing.  We need freedom to screw up our lives, and do stupid things, and I think everybody deserves that right.”

~ Penn Gillette, on Current TV’s “The Young Turks”

May 20, 2012 1:46 pm
George Washington grew hemp.  In fact, it used to be ACCEPTED as SO IMPORTANT to the economy that every farmer was REQUIRED to grow HEMP, and could even PAY THEIR TAXES WITH IT!
So, when we talk about “Legalization”, the correct term would actually be “RE-Legalization”…
Just in case you didn’t know…here’s some more HEMP INFO…
(CLICK the PHOTO - it links to a different HEMP FACT site)

George Washington grew hemp.  In fact, it used to be ACCEPTED as SO IMPORTANT to the economy that every farmer was REQUIRED to grow HEMP, and could even PAY THEIR TAXES WITH IT!

So, when we talk about “Legalization”, the correct term would actually be “RE-Legalization”…

Just in case you didn’t know…here’s some more HEMP INFO…

(CLICK the PHOTO - it links to a different HEMP FACT site)

April 18, 2012 1:36 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21339068392/eight-million-have-been-arrested-for-marijuana-since">“Eight million have been arrested for marijuana since the year 2000!

EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE, what the HELL are we doing?  Can you imagine if we arrested 8 million people for having a beer after work?  And that’s in essence what we’re doing here…but the politicians are immovable.  You know, the Republicans are NEVER going to do it, and the Democrats honestly, nine times out of ten, are cowards…’Oh, my God, the Republicans will yell at us!’”

~ Cenk Uygur, TheYoungTurks.com

April 16, 2012 3:41 pm
South American Summit: Obama says "No" to Legalizing Drugs

via digg.com

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and others want to talk about what they call the failed war on drugs, as President Obama tries to focus on economic ties.

CARTAGENA, Colombia April 14, 2012 — President Obama sought Saturday to emphasize the robust economic relationship between the United States and Latin America, and he flatly ruled out legalizing drugs as a way to combat the illegal trafficking that has ravaged the region.

Facing calls at a regional summit to consider decriminalization, Obama said he is open to a debate about drug policy, but he believes that legalization could lead to greater problems in countries hardest hit by drug-fueled violence.

“Legalization is not the answer,” Obama told other hemispheric leaders at the two-day Summit of the Americas.

“The capacity of a large-scale drug trade to dominate certain countries if they were allowed to operate legally without any constraint could be just as corrupting, if not more corrupting, than the status quo,” he said.

Obama told Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, host of the summit, that he is willing to discuss whether American drug laws are “doing more harm than good in certain places.”

March 14, 2012 3:52 pm
HEY, McCONNELL!
THIS is the TRUTH!
Straight from your Fucking GOVERNMENT!
Get your facts right, you lying swine!
(See MY previous post about McConnell responding in a letter to his constituent that Marijuana ‘and drugs like it’ can ‘lead to death’).
Fucking Bullshit!

HEY, McCONNELL!

THIS is the TRUTH!

Straight from your Fucking GOVERNMENT!

Get your facts right, you lying swine!

(See MY previous post about McConnell responding in a letter to his constituent that Marijuana ‘and drugs like it’ can ‘lead to death’).

Fucking Bullshit!

3:47 pm
Mitch McConnell To Constituent: Marijuana Leads To Death

[NOTE* from Leftish: Funny, how Senator McConnell has NO PROBLEM with the legality of either Alcohol OR Cigarettes, which are KNOWN killers…both of those commodities are A-OK to be legal — just not marijuana.  Hmmm…I wonder why that is.]

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told a constituent in favor of legalizing marijuana that he doesn’t support the idea because drugs like pot lead to death.

In a Feb. 14 letter to his constituent, McConnell said he has “serious concerns” about legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, a topic that the constituent had written to him about. He pointed out that the main ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is already available in pill form for the treatment of certain illnesses.

He is also “troubled” by the fact that many legalization proposals would make marijuana available to the public “without following the scientific processes” of the Food and Drug Administration, McConnell said.

McConnell then cites a medical marijuana bill introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and raises concerns about what could happen if it became law — death.

"Because of the harm that substances like marijuana and other narcotics pose to our society, I have concerns about this legislation. The detrimental effects of drugs have been well documented: short-term memory loss, loss of core motor functions, heightened risk of lung disease, and even death," McConnell wrote.

READ MORE…

February 9, 2012 3:51 pm
Why is the Obama Administration Suddenly Fixated on Stomping out Medical Pot?

via Alternet

Broken promises are nothing new in Washington, DC. Yet even by the Beltway’s jaded standards, President Obama’s role reversal from one time medicinal cannabis sympathizer to White House weed-whacker is remarkable.

Indeed, the man who once pledged on the campaign trail that he was “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” has – since taking the Presidential oaths of office – done virtually everything in his administration’s power to do precisely that. Yet he’s taken these steps at the very time that a record number of Americans, including 57 percent of democrats and a whopping 69 percent of self-described liberals, endorse doing just the opposite. Nonetheless, in recent months, the Obama administration – via a virtual alphabet soup of federal agencies – has launched an unprecedented series of attacks against medical cannabis patients, providers, and in some cases even their advocates.

September 23, 2011 8:59 pm
NEW WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE INVITES AMERICANS TO SUBMIT PETITIONS

We the People petition calls for legalization of marijuana
When the ability to petition the  government  through the White House’s official website, We the People, went live  Thursday, the first  petition to go public was for the legalization of  marijuana.
In a single day, more than 18,000 signatures  were received on a  petition to legalize the banned substance and  regulate it similarly to  alcohol.
We the People was launched on www.whitehouse.gov, giving users the ability to sign up and submit petitions for the public to vote on.
Petitions with at least 5,000 signatures in  30 days will be looked  at by administration officials, and will receive a  response by an  official. Some may even be addressed by the president.
So far, marijuana legalization looks to be the hottest topic on the site, and according to the 420 Times, it was the first petition to go public.
But it was by no means the only petition making waves.
In the span of a single day, thousands of signatures had been received  on more than 25 petitions available to the public.
Read entire article…
and THIS ONE, TOO:
3 Different Marijuana Legalization Ideas Top White House’s New Petition Page

NEW WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE INVITES AMERICANS TO SUBMIT PETITIONS

We the People petition calls for legalization of marijuana

When the ability to petition the government through the White House’s official website, We the People, went live Thursday, the first petition to go public was for the legalization of marijuana.

In a single day, more than 18,000 signatures were received on a petition to legalize the banned substance and regulate it similarly to alcohol.

We the People was launched on www.whitehouse.gov, giving users the ability to sign up and submit petitions for the public to vote on.

Petitions with at least 5,000 signatures in 30 days will be looked at by administration officials, and will receive a response by an official. Some may even be addressed by the president.

So far, marijuana legalization looks to be the hottest topic on the site, and according to the 420 Times, it was the first petition to go public.

But it was by no means the only petition making waves.

In the span of a single day, thousands of signatures had been received on more than 25 petitions available to the public.

Read entire article…

and THIS ONE, TOO:

3 Different Marijuana Legalization Ideas Top White House’s New Petition Page