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
Are there any benefits from the legalization of marijuana?
I've opposed legalization for a long time, but have changed my mind. The Mexican drug cartels who profit from the production and distribution of marijuana in this country are a clear and present danger to all Americans. There are only two ways of eliminating the growth of cartel related crime, i. e., take the profit out of this through legalization, or adopt the approach used by the Chinese Communist Party in eliminating opium use in China. Since summary execution is out of the question legalization is the only approach that might be effective.
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Society is made up of individuals. The costs to society of lung disease is staggering. If you want to make the cost of lung disease worse to our country.....legitimize the use of marijuana by making it legal.
MONDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Medical costs related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will near $833 billion in the United States over the next 20 years, according to a new analysis.
COPD results from persistent obstruction of the airways caused by severe emphysema or chronic bronchitis. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and, in 2002, it claimed the lives of 120,000 Americans. An estimated 10.7 million adults in the United States have COPD, but there are many more undiagnosed cases, the study noted. Smoking is the primary risk factor for COPD, and about 80 percent to 90 percent of COPD deaths are caused by smoking.
The new study found that COPD-linked costs will top $176.6 billion over the next five years and $389.2 billion over the next 10 years, according to the mathematical model used in the study, part of the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) initiative examining the prevalence and burden of COPD worldwide.
"As the prevalence of COPD continues to grow, the costs associated with the disease will continue to rise and are projected to consume a significant portion of the health-care budget over the next 20 years," lead researcher Todd Lee, a research assistant professor at Northwestern University in Chicago and Hines VA Hospital, said in a prepared statement........
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