Research Paper Marijuana Legalization
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Everyone knows this great country of ours is in a huge deficit. “Mr. Obama’s budget projects that 2011 will see the biggest one-year debt jump in history, or nearly $2 trillion, to reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.” (Dinan, S. (2011, February 14) None of this is looking like it’s going to go away anytime soon, the deficit is only going to get worsse with time. Think about it, what is in high demand and would be as popular as Facebook. Marijuana is what comes to mind when I think of the deficit we face.
The high demand for marijuana is unbelievable; in 2009 16.7 million Americans have used marijuana. That is a lot of people using marijuana illegally that the United States is not charging taxes on, which means they are not earning money. When I speak about money I don’t mean pocket change, no I mean billions of dollars. We can learn something from Canada, “Production cost of (government-sponsored) marijuana is roughly 33¢ a gram” (Easton, S. (2009, March 26) Assuming the cost of distribution and retailing marijuana is the same as