I am very disappointed that our recently elected champion of change and hustler of hope, President Obama, has dismissed as a joke the suggestion that legalizing marijuana might offer a boost to the economy.
The suggestion apparently came not from just a few crackpots but from several thousand of the 100,000 who submitted questions to his recent virtual town hall. A mainstream magazine, The Economist, recently offered the same opinion.
Most certainly the economy would get a boost. We could save about half of the $68 billion devoted to corrections institutions. We would no doubt tax and regulate the sale of those drugs, much as we do cigarettes and liquor, and collect income tax on the profits.
Let’s face it folks. We have lost the war on drugs. Every statistic points to this as a fact.
Are we going to continue our insanity — doing the same old thing expecting new results — or finally wake up, throw in the towel and set a new course?