Do you think we are spending way to much money on the War Against Marijuana?

Marijuana is America’s Top U.S. Cash Crop since 2006 and in 1998 Marijuana was Ranked Fourth Largest Cash Crop in America. Studies estimates that marijuana sells value is at $35.8 billion a year in the states which exceeds the combined value of corn, $23.3 billion, and wheat, $7.5 billion. The War on Pot cost... show more Marijuana is America’s Top U.S. Cash Crop since 2006 and in 1998 Marijuana was Ranked Fourth Largest Cash Crop in America. Studies estimates that marijuana sells value is at $35.8 billion a year in the states which exceeds the combined value of corn, $23.3 billion, and wheat, $7.5 billion. The War on Pot cost America $42 Billion dollars a year and if you minus that number from 35.8 billion it equals 6.2 billion which is a big lost. 6.2 billion dollars is more money than America spends on cotton at 5.31 billion, grapes at 2.88 billion, rice at 1.71 billion and even Tobacco at 1.47 billion. We spend 42 billion on a drug that has not had a known death since its 10,000 years of known usage. But statistics show more than 400,000 Americans die from diseases related to cigarette smoking each year and more than 150,000 Americans die from alcohol abuse each year.

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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.
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