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What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby astasia » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:35 pm

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... =103276152

A long article but an interesting read. A "what if" scenario placing us two years in the future after marijuana has been legalized for those adults who are 21 years and older.
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby Oldrac the Chitinous » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:42 pm

And for the rebuttal,
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby mountainmage » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:18 am

I believe that's /thread right there.
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby cheez.wiz » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:21 am

mountainmage wrote:I believe that's /thread right there.

Isn't that also largely ironic in a way?
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby mountainmage » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:22 am

Quite. Saying so will only continue the thread...should I lock it?*



*Or would that be ruining a good thing?
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Postby cheez.wiz » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:27 am

Definitively ruining. In fact, the mere argument we're having is ruining it. I take half the blame for it if you'll take your part of it too...
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby Edminster » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:28 am

I vote we leave it unlocked, but shift the topic of discussion to something else.

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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby mountainmage » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:44 am

I thought the footnote was enough to show I was joking about locking it.

Fashion magazines are the porn of the incredibly desperate.
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby cheez.wiz » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:48 am

Except they don't wank to it.

Orite, some people do.

Consider i said nothing*, i guess.


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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby LordRetard » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:57 am

Theoretical Situation wrote:Everything's going to happen like this and it's going to be GRRRREAT!

Nuh-uh. I don't put much stock into this sort of thing, I'd rather use existing case studies than theoretical situations. That is to say... I think it'd be a good idea to legalise it, but this is just silly.

That photo at the top, by the way, is awesome. It totally looks like one of my friends when she's incredibly stoned.
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby rustypup » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:20 am

Any savings realised in the legal system would have to offset the cost of policing the crops. It's one thing to break into a distillery. It's something else entirely to wander into a field and harvest your own. Tobacco farms are a good model for this.

Another issue would be management. It would probably devolve into yet another licensing issue. You can apply for a license to use, which can be revoked if use leads to abuse, whilst the retailer is required to validate the license before dispensing.

All in all, probably won't produce that much revenue, or save much on bureaucratic expenditure.

It would be interesting to know how many man hours are spent annually on policing cannabis.
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby LordRetard » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:23 am

I think all of the money is supposed to come back through taxation.
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby Lethal Interjection » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:28 am

I see weed as a rebellious drug. Maybe just among the people I knew/hung out with. Not to say that they wouldn't use it were it legalized, but I'm not sure they wouldn't have strayed further into drugs if it was legalized.
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Re: What if Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes.

Postby LordRetard » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:14 am

That's a thing I noticed; rebellious teens get stoned all of the time and think it's the best thing ever, but the more straight-laced ones often feel uncomfortable or simply don't really care about it.
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Postby smiley_cow » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:11 pm

I would be willing to bet that so long as there's a social stigma attached to it, people would still get high to be rebellious.
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