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Should we legalize marijauna to save our inner cities?

America has a huge drug abuse problem that rots our inner cities. If we create a pool of money to fight crime, poverty and hunger in our inner cities the benefits to society would be enormous. Make marijuana legal, tax it excessively and look for matching funds e.g. if Bill and Melinda Gates can fight disease in Africa, they can fight hunger and disease in America.

One way to help end poverty is to revise the tax code. We need a graduated consumption tax to benefit the poor and the lower middle class. A flat tax i.e. 9-9-9 is severely regressive and clearly punishes the poor. A graduated consumption tax benefits those who must pay all their pay checks for basic living expenses.

Make several food stuffs free for everyone e.g. whole grain flour or bread, some milk products, beans, and some kind of oil.

Have recognized local charities and religious organizations distribute the funds (legality?) to cut down on bureaucracy. Give shopowners $5/hour to hire at risk kids; they make up the balance to meet minimum wage. Involve local trade's professionals to provide apprentice programs.

Kids can learn to show up on time and en masse to work to clean up neighborhoods, run errands for the elderly, make minor repairs and take down tagging by gang members.

Day care will also be provided on a subsidized basis. Moms will be trained as day care workers so that others can work in “real” jobs and/or improve their education.

Finally, we should encourage kids to graduate from high school. Every child in defined high-risk areas who graduates, gets some kind of additional benefit whether it be monetary or payment in kind.

These medications for our societal malaise would greatly improve life for inner city residents and promote a return to cities, so that our resource base is extended from the lesser carbon footprint of cities versus rural areas. With the reversal of urban blight we would see a drop in crime, incarceration, and prostitution


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  • Oct 15 2011: I live in Canada where the Marijuana issue has bounced around for twenty years. Many of the subculture preid themselfs of growing the best hydro in the world. Legalise it, collect taxes, everything has been discussed. Here are the facts. !.? addictive or not? Not addictive in the medical sense, but it creates dependency in large groups of young people. it is psychological addiction! 2./ It is a non violent herb? Non violent by the one that smokes it, but to the gang structure around north America it is the main source of income, Hells Angels and a multitude of biker gangs, Mexican gangs in the sou6th of the states still use it for the great source of illegal cash it is. The violence comes from the high profit margin, one pound of weed cost in British Columbia app.2800 U$, resold in the city of LA it sells for 4400 U$. loads of as nuch as fivehundred pounds show a sticker price of 2,000 000.-- with a net profit of more than half a million. This kind of money brings violence, beatings, killings and even decapitation to the forefront of the gang wars. Amsterdam was used as a example of a free Marijuana culture, one week ago the Dutch Gov. has elevated the drug to the same level as Cocaine and Heroin. In the last twenty years the people that smoked cannabis showed an increasing lethatgy, lack of concentration , the young ones in the class room, the older ones on the job, (many in Holland call it the pothead decline). The risk of work accidents and driving accidents including death has increased by twenty percent. Now lets look st the criminal scope. During the prohibition the Mobster grew their business with booze. Take the prohiobition away and ywe gave the Gangsters motivation to look for other enterprises to maintain their hold on income. Legalise Marijuana and all the sales efforts will go to a replacement drug, Crack, Christal Meth, Apeed and whatever is cheap and will increase the cash flow. With this in mind, do not legalise it, educate against its use.

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