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  •  Why not? (0+ / 0-)

    First of all my understanding is that they started out with the rather conservative estimates by the ONDCP on how much pot is being used now, and only adjusted for increased population.
    Secondly, I don't see any reason to believe people won't use it as much or more often than alcohol. I know quite a few people who prefer it as a way to relax. It's major disadvantage with regard to alcohol is it's illegality. It can be grown easily by any competent home gardener, doesn't kill you, or make you hostile, and it enhances your appetite.
    Because of medical MJ. laws, there are already a plethora of edible forms that don't require smoking, and vaporizers are also taking over from smoking. I expect it will rather quickly equal or surpass alcohol use if made legal, which opens it's own set of concerns.
    So, what value would you place on it's sale? several billion at least, and added to the money you willingly admit will be saved on law enforcement and incarceration, it's still a decent pot of money.

    •  What I am saying is that NATIONWIDE... (0+ / 0-)'s not going to raise that much government revenue, just as alcohol doesn't now, and that, at least for quite some time consumption of marijuana will be less than consumption of alcohol.

      Two-thirds of adults said in 2011 that they had in the previous 12 months consumed alcohol, that's approximately 150 million Americans.

      In 2008, 100 million Americans said that at some time in their lives they had consumed marijuana. Ten percent (25 million) said they had done so in the past year.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:58:13 PM PDT

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