I can tell you this. Cannabis prices in states like Indiana greatly exceed those of California or even cities like Chicago (to a certain degree).
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
This is about a failed drug war that is creating an environment of incredible violence, overcrowded prisons, and massive economic burden. Legalization can only result in a plus factor across the board.
The difficulty I'm having here is that I seem to be surrounded by several different viewpoints... and when I respond to one poster I'm met with a rebuttal from another, who then disavows the argument of the poster to whom I originally responded.
It's no wonder this issue has made little progress in the voting booth.
I did in fact come across several major government sanctioned studies that conclude that decriminalization has had no statistical net gain in users from the data. I have in no way suggested that it would lead to a decrease in usage for the population as a whole, although a lack of increase of usage in these studies among non juvenile users was a surprising find.
I am fairly certain that in fact there will be an initial increase in usage (with of age adults) with legalization at first, then it will taper off to a baseline usage level. Past studies do suggest that it would be comparable to current usage rates, however these studies are studies of decriminalization, not legalization.
My latest re-posting of one of the excerpts from these papers a page or so back, was to illustrate to you that the states that have decriminalized MJ for the most part had higher usage rates than other states to begin with. I had bolded the wrong portion for that re-post and did not realize this until after It was too late to edit, however that is one of the studies that concluded in comparison to other states, there was a slight decrease in usage in more lenient states.
Will there be a decrease in legitamate of age users?? I don't know, it would be nice, but I don't expect it, and I have not pressed that issue, my apologies if somehow you got the idea that that was a position I was taking.
Last edited by marduc; 03-19-09 at 10:25 PM.