Legalizing Drugs - Economic Impact

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  1. bluedevil30

    bluedevil30 Well-Known Member

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    The debate rages on about legalizing drugs. There was a great season on the show The Wire where a rogue police chief "legalizes" drugs in a certain section of Baltimore and the economic effects were very interesting. The drugs dealers had to compete on brand and not street corner control. So they needed less "salesmen". They didn't need police lookouts so they fired all the kids which now had no money to spend at the local bodegas and sneaker shops. Local business suffered because there were less "jobs" in the Hood.

    Is the illegal drug economy feeding families and keeping businesses alive in the poor sections of cities? The legal drug trade requires a clean record, lots of start-up capital and business skill to be successful. You can't just switch from being a illegal dealer to a legal one - so the money will leave these neighborhoods with not so pretty results.
     
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    Father O'Blivion Well-Known Member

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    "Hamsterdam"
     
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    Street-level drug cash goes right back into the economy - not offshore into tax havens. So there's that.
     
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    Still gotta go with legalization.

    Non-violet drug offenses have made criminals out of addicts and given us the highest prison population in the world.

    The hood rats will adapt to the new economy.

    How much "law enforcement" is based on drugs?

    From civil asset forfeiture to general policing, many LEOs would find themselves out of a job.
     
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    Mlaw Quite Contrarian 2010 OG VIP Gold

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    There will always be an illegal drug trade,how else do you explain the illegal trade of legal prescription medications?
     
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    Father O'Blivion Well-Known Member

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    I thought this thread was going to be about how cannabis is much easier to grow, more naturally pest resistant and way more economical to grow than say, almonds, grapes or almost any other produce you can think of.

    Carry on.
     
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    Whatever your position on drug legality, I think you can do better than basing your argument on a fictional TV show
     
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    And into elected officials pockets.
     
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    LonghornJ Well-Known Member 2010 OG Gold

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    You'd put a lot of cops, judges, prosecutors, and prison wardens out of business if you took away 80% of their clients
     
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    x76 Just a crazy old hermit VIP

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    You can grow dope anywhere, very hardy plant. The means of production in the hands of the people?! What is this Communist horseshit?!
     
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    I'm all for it, just not sure how. Booze got it's hooks into humanity before we became a litigious society. How could I legally sell you heroin then not get my ass sued off when you overdose and die?
     
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    Wangold Well-Known Member

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    It will never happen; too much money is made keeping them illegal.
     
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    Lived six years in Baltimore in the 1990s. That was basically the "law." Non-enforcement in certain areas.
     
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    PelicanWig Beautiful Soup

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    MOST people abusing rx meds would not get a rx if they walked into the Dr office. MOST Doctors don't just prescribe them to junkies just because they want them. You have to have a legitimate diagnosis to get prescribed them.
     
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    Non-enforment in certain areas...like the white ones? Minneapolis cops do not give a fuck about MJ
     
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    You can just switch if you know what you are doing. But it has to be legal everywhere. Microcosms are not exact replicants of the whole system.
     
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    LEOs would find themselves out of jobs?! Lmao
     
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    Why do human beings have a craving to get mentally fucked up, and it has been this way since the dawn of time?