Do you think spending 42 billion of your tax dollars a year on the War on Pot is to much money?
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Why $42 billion? Because that's what our current marijuana laws cost American taxpayers each year, according to a new study by researcher Jon Gettman, Ph.D. -- $10.7 billion in direct law enforcement costs, and $31.1 billion in lost tax revenues. And that may be an underestimate, at least on the law enforcement side, since Gettman made his calculations before the FBI released its latest arrest statistics in late September. The new FBI stats show an all-time record 829,627 marijuana arrests in 2006, 43,000 more than in 2005.
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If we were to legalize the drug we can have 42 billion extra dollars a year to stimulate more productive programs that actually work. The war on pot has failed and the numbers above prove it. In 10 more years from now the cash crop might double it's money which only benefits the Drug Cartels. Hell the Drug Cartels support the Government to keep the drug illegal because marijuana is roughly about how they make 80% of their money. If the drug became legal it would cripple the Cartels and they know it.