This reminds me of bootleggers during the alcohol prohibition. Prohibition seems to provide organization and profit for crime, undermine the law, and keep a dangerous drug free from regulation.
We should do what we did with alcohol: regulate it.
I agree, at least he's trying.
I really don't think the middle east is going to find peace while power hungry tribal leaders fight over lines arbitrarily drawn across the sand.
What to do, what to do...?
You know there's a way to reduce crime, provide jobs, and raise taxes? Let's legalize the cannabis industry.
First, we would attack organized crime where it really hurts, in the wallet. Criminals would stop making money on the black market of this widely used plant.
Second, by legalizing cannabis we would open a new market for industrious, hard working citizens to profit from.
Third, legal cannabis could be taxed and regulated. This would not only make it safer to the consumer (most of whom are honest, hard working citizens) but would also provide another source of tax revenue for the city. With another source of tax revenue, perhaps the city would not have to raise our taxes.
Do you know where all those people could work? In the new cannabis industry that doesn't exist yet.
Can we please legalize cannabis?
Oh, and can we legalize marijuana?
Introducing a new market would be a HUGE stimulus package in itself.
We could spend less money on fighting a harmless plant (over $1 trillion to date) and criminals would stop profiting from prohibition (who remembers where Al Capone got his money?).
Also, we could tax and regulate the plant, which we can't do when it's illegal.
If you're thinking about just recreational pot, think again.
I am pretty sure that the United States is the only industrialized country that legally cannot grow its own hemp.
Anyone know why?
Intermediate Macroeconomics: The Cyclically Balanced Budget
When the economy is bad, cut taxes and spend more to stimulate it. This will raise the deficit and debt.
When the economy picks back up again, raise taxes and spend less to reign in inflation. This will create a surplus and lower the debt.
The Pigouvian problem exists when the people don't understand economics, media amplifies their confusion, and for politicians to win votes they must use bad economic policy.
Everyone is at fault: both parties, you, and me. Our education system doesn't stress economics or politics.
[insert conspiracy theory here]
Thanks for bringing our soldiers home. Thank you, soldiers, for giving us an Independence to celebrate.
I would've preferred that the writer respected the wishes of those business execs, but that might be just me.
Anyway, I've got an idea to pay for all of that: we should open a new industry to help stimulate the cities economy. Let's legalize, tax, and regulate the marijuana industry.
First, it would limit the clients and profits of gangs and violent drug dealers. Second, we could tax and regulate the legally grown, packaged, and sold marijuana. Third, that growing, packaging, and selling is a brand new industry that will provide jobs to Chattanooga. All of this takes money out of criminals hands and puts it into honest citizens', and our government's, hands.
I'm looking at the final online document, and can only see the word "Citizens" once. It is in the list of grievances against the King.
"He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands."
In context, these people were the subjects of the King as colonists. I don't see it as much of a difference, but it provides good bait to introduce this science/history article.
Maybe a better (less catchy) title for the article would be "New analysis reveals previous drafts of the Declaration of Independence"
But who am I to talk, its not like I've ever been published.
So? Pot's harmless. Its just another example of time and money wasted on an international war against a totally harmless plant.