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Calif. tax officials: Legal pot would bring $1.4B

Even if they do this is it really going to help CA from going bankrupt.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090716/ap_on_re_us/us_marijuana_taxes

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sammiesmom2000

Asked by sammiesmom2000 at 8:47 AM on Jul. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No, as they are 23 BILLION short...
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:52 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • I would think that it would increase their tourism.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:16 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • As much as I hate to agree with Sweet, Ditto her answer. I wonder if they are taking into account the extra law enforcement it would take. The amount saved would be a drop in the bucket. What they need is government spending controls.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:17 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • or maybe a large boot to kick the illegals back across the border. That would have to be a really big boot though.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • It's a start.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • I agree with both Sweet and QuinnMae. It's not enough to save CA, but it could increase tourism and create extra revenue that way. I'm not sure if you would need extra law enforcement if it's legalized. It's not as if no one is smoking it now, they would just be doing it legally.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:45 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • It costs a lot of money and law enforcement manpower hours to bust every little pot smoker they manage to get. Then they have to be booked and jailed. There are court costs to arraign them, and there are further costs for incarceration or to manage their parole. All these costs would be gone if pot was legalized. Also instead of money going OUT to suppress the use of pot, money would be coming IN from the tax on the sale of that same pot. Legalization is the only way to go. It's a win/win situation that has been ignored for too long. Let's stop the insanity of trying to control pot smokers and focus on real problems like alcoholism and/or the illegal manufacture and use of hard drugs.

    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 10:57 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • I would think that it would increase their tourism.big smile mini

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:10 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • As much as I hate to agree with Sweet, Ditto her answer


    Doesn't it make you feel a little dirty to agree with a LEBERAL!!! Oh the horror!!stick out tongue mini

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:11 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • First of all, just who did the numbers crunch to come up with this figure???? What was taken into consideration???? And, no it is not going to help California. It will only add to the burden in the end. More tourism for pot can create more people moving there, which can create more people on the PA rolls, which could create the need for more housing, which could create a rise in crime. While it may sound good on paper, in actuality it could bring more troubles. Not to mention the ninnies that will be crying the blues because of second hand highs. And, yes, the laws may say they have to do it at home but you can bet many will do it in public.
    foreverb3

    Answer by foreverb3 at 11:29 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

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