We told you guys that we love nature and we weren’t kidding. Marijuana is no exception. We aren’t too sure about its medical use other than psychological. We support having a more relaxed society. According to Leafly, the effects cause a person to feel relaxed, happy, and euphoric. Now that we know the plant is not killing people (with the many years of testing), it’s still considered a drug so of course, the government wants control of it, so let them have their taxes. I would prefer marijuana over cigarettes and alcohol. I’m sure many other people would agree with the legalization of marijuana with a tax. It’s already happening on the state level. This gives the government extra money. Why not make money off something that people love to do. We predict that legalization would help lower the crime rate. People would be too high or relaxed to fight. Some people even give their dog friends CBD as well. My dogs will never get to see that luxury. With the taxes going towards things such as roads, safety, and education we have an opportunity to make our country great. With all the money from the countless drug users and people utilizing for medical purposes, we could offer things like free medical or free education. That would be nice, wouldn’t it? It’s a lot better than what alcohol and tobacco taxes are used for.
Technically we aren’t even making a profit with Alcohol Taxes. California is one of the states to legalize recreational use of marijuana and has seen profits at $2.75 Billion with a 15% tax. Alcohol taxes (not including sales taxes) generated $7.6 billion and $6.24 billion for the federal government and state/local governments respectively in 2011, for a total of $13.84 billion. Total economic costs of excessive drinking (e.g., costs to government, lost productivity, property losses, health care) were estimated to be $249 billion, or approximately $2.05 per drink, in 2010 (the most recent year for which an estimate is available). Annual, direct governmental costs (e.g., to pay for medical care, law enforcement, and emergency response services) were estimated to be $100.7 billion ($0.83 per drink) in 2010 or 40.4 percent of the total costs. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption to the government (in 2010 dollars) are almost seven times greater, and total economic costs are about sixteen times greater, than the revenue government (in 2010 dollars) are almost seven times greater, and total economic costs are about sixteen times greater than the revenue generated by alcohol taxes (in 2011 dollars). The study of Marijuana use has found it to be much less harmful and beneficial to one’s health.
On the federal level, revenue from cigarette and tobacco taxes helps fund programs that support children and adults across the country, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Does CHIP provide health insurance to many children in the U.S. who would otherwise be uninsured? Federal tobacco taxes were last increased in 2009, with the cigarette tax being increased by $0.62 per pack. The current federal cigarette tax is $1.01 per pack. Revenue from state and local tobacco tax increases can and should be used to fund state tobacco control programs. Most of the billions generated are flown into the State’s budget. Similar to alcohol, cigarette use does kill off most of its users.
So as you can see with marijuana we do not have nearly as much death or economic cost, allowing many states to generate clean profits. Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana say it will add billions to the economy, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, free up scarce police resources, and stop the huge racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. They contend that regulating marijuana will lower street crime, take business away from the drug cartels, and make marijuana use safer through required testing, labeling, and child-proof packaging. They say marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and that adults should have a right to use it if they wish. There have been more studies on marijuana possibly slowing down or helping with cancer and HIV patients. Although smoking anything can damage your lungs, marijuana is supposed to be safer than tobacco. It’s a good thing they have edibles for those that would prefer not to smoke. With the legalization of marijuana comes the decriminalization of marijuana-related crimes, clearing off records for many individuals, which can be a miracle for some people. Nearly 600,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession annually – more than one person per minute. With less arrest happening, the jails will be less crowded. The legalization of marijuana is a win for the people and the government. So long as everyone smokes near their homes, there shouldn’t be any disruption to people in the public. If you want to be in public we suggest using the edibles, as it does not have a strong odor that smoking produces.
Another effect that Marijuana has is that it helps relax a person, curing insomnia. Studies have been shown that marijuana use by individuals with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders may be at risk. Marijuana is more effective than Ondansetron for vomiting and nausea. Just like there are certain medicines you cannot take while driving, marijuana should be one of them. Marijuana impairs the ability to judge time, distance, and speed; it slows reaction time and reduces the ability to track moving objects. Unless its CBD, it has many different effects that a person should not be impaired. Some states allow people to grow a few plants of Marijuana, which should help save on cost in the long run. Here at Nature’s Uprise we can teach you how to grow plants, stay tuned and we may show you how to grow a marijuana plant and duplicating it. We can show you how to grow all types of plants, just send us a message for a request.
We at Nature’s Uprise Approves the use of recreational and medical marijuana. Hopefully, this gets us closer to free healthcare and education. Society is much better the people are healthy and educated. Plus this takes away business from the drug cartels. And we all want to be safe. What do you guys think? Join our group to continue the discussion with us.
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