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Medical Marijuana LegalizationDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
It costs about $40,000 per year to incarcerate Marijuana users. Can we afford it?
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Cannabis/Marijuana (C/MJ) causes Reefer Madness, read insane paranoia. Fortunately this rarely occurs in persons who use C/MJ in which case it most usually acts as a mild tranquilizer in low, medicinal doses but in higher doses, such as the 10.0 mg dose Marinol pill, in which case it frequently causes anxiety, paranoia and panic attacks which may be considered a form of madness.
The recent votes in California to legalize C/MJ use with Measure 19 is a prime example of Reefer Madness amongst the general public. There are an estimated 3,000,000 people in California who use C/MJ. It is probably more. The Californians have previously voted several times for the legalization of C/MJ for medical purposes with resounding success. In addition to the millions of users, there are thousands of physicians writing “permission letters” for these patients and there may be a thousand or more “dispensaries” where these patients can buy C/MJ in many different forms. To even imagine that rejection of this new law giving permission to use C/MJ will in any way reduce the use of C/MJ in the population who use it is Reefer Madness personified. How can any police force, even if they all worked full-time monitoring and busting C/MJ users, be expected to exert ANY kind of control of this very widely used medication?
Now getting to Oregon and Measure 74 for the establishment of many dispensaries for C/MJ products. The Department of Human Services (DHS) said that there would be about 243 dispensaries which would be monitored very closely and each transaction would be taxed 10%.
What the DHS has not considered is that there are about 40,000 medical patients and their care giver/growers. About 80 to 90% of them are getting along fine with well established C/MJ grower/providers and their financial arrangements are working well. About 20% of the 40,000 or 8,000 patients have extreme trouble obtaining their medicine. For these the dispensaries would be a Godsend. These facilities would be paying the 10% tax. So right at the start we would have 8000 people paying taxes and 32,000 people paying no taxes. How do you make a “screwed up” system like this work? It is obvious. There is no way it could work.
Two other states, South Dakota (whose C/MJ bill failed by 14%) and Arizona (where voters are split evenly on the issue of allowing marijuana use for medical purposes), had Medical Marijuana legalization on their agendas. I hope they passed. With 14 states having legalized Medical Marijuana how can the others be so slow? I guess Reefer Madness even affects legislators. We already know that Police, District Attorneys and Judges are very badly affected by Reefer Madness.
The amount of people arrested and jailed for Marijuana possession is about 1,000,000 per year and the prison population is about 25% for C/MJ possession. It costs about $40,000 per year to incarcerate Marijuana users. Can we afford about $40 billion dollars per year to jail these miscreants?? That loss of money is seriously disabling our school system.
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