Gradual Decriminalization of Pot Benefits the Economy

This is just one more story about the obvious need for a decriminalization of marijuana (and an eventual taxing of it).

By now, your friends in Los Angeles have told you that they essentially live in a de facto Willy Wonka free-for-all of marijuana dispensaries and dealerships (the snozzberries taste like snozzberries!).  What you might not know is that in 14 states around the nation so far, the police and courts have essentially adopted a “whatever” attitude toward the drug and they are saving precious municipal resources for other, more pressing matters.

Here’s GOOD Magazine on the situation in Philly:

About a year ago, Philadelphia pretty much decriminalized possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana by giving offenders the option to enroll in a three-hour class that would expunge the offense from their records. The incident goes down as a summary offense, rather than a misdemeanor. Now, District Attorney Seth Williams estimatesthe city has saved $2 million over the past year.

Granted, $2 million is nothing compared to Philadelphia’s $3.8 billion budget last year. But it’s not peanuts, either. Before the more lenient law took effect, offenders (assuming they fought the charges) cost the city prosecutors, judges, lab tests, public defenders and in some cases jail time. Now, the offender just pays $200 for the class.

I don’t smoke weed or endorse its use and I’m not a radical guy, but it’s very obvious that a large percentage of our population is going to smoke it no matter what, to jail kids and waste court money on it while cigarettes are perfectly legal is demonstrably backwards.  Nice to see cash-strapped cities coming to grips with this concept.


Philly Saves Millions of Dollars by Going Easy on Potheads (GOOD)


What's been said:

Discussions found on the web
  1. bitcoin loophole commented on Sep 30

    … [Trackback]

    […] Information on that Topic: […]

  2. Eric Arnoux commented on Oct 09

    … [Trackback]

    […] Information to that Topic: […]

  3. bare necessities travel commented on Oct 29

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More Information here on that Topic: […]

  4. Intelligent Automation consultants commented on Nov 26

    … [Trackback]

    […] Information to that Topic: […]

  5. bmo login online commented on Dec 04

    … [Trackback]

    […] Info to that Topic: […]

  6. td web login commented on Dec 13

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More Information here on that Topic: […]

  7. cbd for anxiety commented on Jan 02

    … [Trackback]

    […] There you can find 63010 additional Information to that Topic: […]

  8. lace front wigs commented on Jan 14

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More to that Topic: […]