|Can this plant save California?|
Legalizing pot is the right thing to do, both socially and fiscally. In pure dollars and cents, legalization is likely to create a substantial new source of much-needed revenue for the state. At a time when teachers are being furloughed and the neediest citizens are being denied essential services, these funds have never been more critical.
In addition, Prop 19 will eliminate the expense of prosecuting and incarcerating non-violent individuals whose only crime is the possession of a substance that grows freely in the ground beneath our feet. Think there are no savings there? Think again:
According to the American Corrections Association, the average daily cost per state prison inmate per day in the US is $67.55. State prisons held 253,300 inmates for drug offenses in 2007. That means states spent approximately $17,110,415 per day to imprison drug offenders, or $6,245,301,475 per year.
— from drugwarfacts.org
|License and registration please|
A society that so little values the freedom of its members is not one likely to endure, at least, not in a form any of us would find familiar or desirable. I'm looking forward to striking a small blow for individual liberty by voting "Yes" on Prop 19 in November.