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Andrew Brown 5/29/11 Student ID# C02234882 Legalization of Marijuana Forbidden Plant with Sweet Fruit According to a report by professor of economics Harvard University, Jeffery A. Miron of June 2005, for the Marijuana Policy Project –‘The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition’, he argues that, the economic implications of legalizing marijuana are immense. Not only will the government save billions of dollars at the state and federal levels, but by also setting mechanisms that will allow for the free trade in marijuana, it would rake in more billions of dollars annually through its taxation (Jeffrey, 2005). Moreover, the legalization of marijuana would also result in other positive ancillary economic effects such as job creation in the various sectors which include agriculture, packaging, marketing and advertising (SAMHSA, 2008). The report seeks a policy change advocating more on marijuana legalization rather that marijuana decriminalization – which means that possession of marijuana is condoned but trafficking of the same would be penalized. It attributes this to the budgetary implications that accrue from legalization relative to decriminalization and attributes this to the following reasons; firstly, legalization not only eliminates arrests for possession but also eliminates those for trafficking. Secondly, lots of savings will accrue from prosecutorial, judicial and incarceration expenses which are far much 1 minimal in the case of decriminalization. Finally, legalization will allow for the taxation of marijuana production and sale (Lester, 2006). To get a clear picture of the above, a detailed look at the economical impact of legalizing marijuana against the current expenditure incurred to curb it would help as well as considering other non-financial benefits of embracing marijuana take for 1 awkward
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Andrew Brown 5/29/11 Student ID# C02234882 Legalization of Marijuana example, wellbeing benefits. The legalization of marijuana would provide an economic stimulus by eliminating enforcement costs, court and imprisonment costs, and provide a new source of revenue through taxation. The US Government wastes billions of dollars annually in marijuana related enforcement costs . The US government is fighting a losing battle in its efforts to discourage the use of marijuana. Because despite its efforts, which according to professor Mirnos’ report puts it at an average of $7.7 billion annually, the number of people using the drug on an annual basis is at a crescendo. Consider the table below: Percentage prevalence of annual marijuana use, by age (2000-2005) Year Age Age Age Age Total 12-17 18-24 25-34 35+ 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 13.30% 15.10% 15.80% 15.20% 14.50% 13.20% 23.70% 26.70% 29.70% 28.70% 28.50% 28.30% 10.40% 11.90% 14.20% 14.60% 13.90% 15.00% 3.80% 4.10% 5.40% 5.20% 5.40% 5.10% 8.30% 9.30% 11.00% 10.80% 10.70% 10.50% Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health; national Household Survey on Drug Abuse; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA),
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Andrew Brown 5/29/11 Student ID# C02234882 Legalization of Marijuana Department of Health and Human Services. 2 Despite these finding the government
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