As more states legalize marijuana, pot advocates say the lofty promises don’t seem to be coming true.
This Sunday on Full Measure, I investigate what they say is going wrong.
One problem they describe is that legal pot was supposed to eliminate illegal sales. Yet in California, the black market is thriving.
Another issue is tax revenue: legal pot sales aren't bringing in nearly as much as advocates predicted and hoped.
Those two problems are intertwined. It turns out that in California, as much as 60% of the cost of legal marijuana goes to taxes. Users have figured out it's a lot cheaper to go to the dealer they used before pot was legal.
Other states that legalized marijuana are reporting similar trends.
Also, I interview Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about how American education may be forever changing due to the coronavirus shutdowns.
A lot of talk centers on school choice. Some parents like the idea of taking the public money spent on their child's K-12 education -- in Washington DC it's $30,000 a year per child-- and using it for a different education option of their choice.
Also, Lisa Fletcher will tell us why climate change may not really be the culprit behind California's rash of wildfires.
And Scott Thuman brings us an insightful look at-- the return of sports!
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Paul Bonneau says
Pot was not legalized to eliminate illegal (a euphemism for "free market") sales, nor to generate more income for a corrupt and spendthrift government. It was legalized because it is stupid and destructive to throw people in jail for smoking pot.
Oh, and "school choice" is just another government welfare program. People need to stop depending on government, and take responsibility for their own kids.
Because of doctors fees and state license fees and high pot fees ,black market thriving across the country!!!
Kitty Antonik says
This article misses the real reason - or what should have been & actually was w/ very many people: Reduction/elimination of "crime" designation for possessing/selling marijuana. If no "crime", then voluntary transactions would not be persecuted/prosecuted & little gain in turf wars over the "commerce", So why no mention of "crime" statistics now??
GEORGE EADY says
t THE PROBLUM IS THE GREED OF CALF. THEY PUT THE PRICES SO HI . BRING DOWN THE PRICES AND THIS PROBLUM WILL GO AWAY. BUT WITH THE GREED PROBLUM IN CALF. I DONT SEE THIS HAPPING
If they named a strain after you, would you prefer it as a sativa or an indica?
Brian Kelly says
Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.
Plain and simple!
Fear of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, "Conspiracy Theories" and "Doomsday Scenarios" over the inevitable Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?
Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of marijuana legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it's obviously defective.
The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol.
If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about "saving us all" from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!
Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?
Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and/or practice a little live and let live. They'll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.
Brian Kelly says
It's time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote'em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.
Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called "Addiction Specialists" who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, - Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don't have one.
The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.
The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.
Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our yearly tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.
The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?
Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?
Let's end this hypocrisy now!
The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.
Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!
Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!
Robert Blain says
Legalizing pot was insane. We can't control the damage alcohol does and we don't need another legal intoxicant. When high, workers F stuff up and student lack concentration. The worst aspect is that a couple of puffs on a one hitter and you're stoned on your butt. In less than a minute You can get ripped and society will pay a price it is in no position to pay. Shoddy products, car wrecks, and poor test scores.....welcome to the F'd up world of legalized pot.