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Prop. 19 Won't Immediately Calm Cartel Violence, If At All

I was going to vote yes. I had estimated cartel revenues would be hurt by 7% to 8%. But this new study says only 2 - 4%. Darn! My cutoff was 5%. If it doesn't hurt them by at least that much....

Seriously, I must be missing something. If it takes $5.00 out the cartels pockets thats good enough. What's the point of arguing how much it will? And actually, the rand study admits that the revenue drop will be far greater if CA marijuana is exported to the rest of the country. And you know what the chance of that happening is? Oh like, 100%.

October 14, 2010 at 9:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

US, Mexican Authorities Say Prop. 19 Won't Squelch Drug Cartel Violence

I believe this indicates police really need some economics training. To believe that ending marijuana prohibition won't hurt the black market is astonishingly ignorant.

Then there is one official that lists all the things cartels can smuggle, and concludes taking away one of those items is bad. The most logical conclusion would be ending MJ prohibition is a good first step.

I guess it's true, you can't make a man understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.

October 11, 2010 at 7:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prop 19: Legal Weed In Calif.

Someone will make money on the pot dependencies of people. Let's not pretend that if we vote no on prop 19 marijuana consumption goes away. Right now the black market is controlled by criminals. We have a chance to have it controlled by the people instead, either by growing small amounts or allowing their city to regulate the sale.

Marijuana consumption in California has been decriminalized. We as a society have recognized that marijuana consumption is just not that big of a deal (rightly so). Therefore there is no reason to continue to give all the profits of marijuana consumption to criminals. Why do we want criminals to profit?

October 9, 2010 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would Legalizing Marijuana Cut Law Enforcement Costs?

Calculating costs from arrests or using prison or jail occupants is not enough. There are huge cost associated with the investigations of marijuana "drug dealers" which often means dispensaries that the police don't agree with. So it's important to note that prop 19 will put an end to raids (like the one just recently) that involve multi-agency task forces. When ever you see these raids, and look at the manpower involved, you realize they cost millions each. Professor Caulkins didn't mention that. This is what the police and prosecutors want to protect. The surveillance, the planning, and the raid itself. Now that's fun and provides great promotional opportunities. But they cost a lot and waste achieve nothing. But one mans costs (taxpayer) is another mans benefit (law enforcement).

We need to put Public safety before government jobs - vote yes!

October 8, 2010 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )