What Big Pot doesn’t want you to know about costs of legalizing marijuana

By June 17, 2019 Recent News

New York Post 13 June 2019
Family First Comment: People shouldn’t get locked up for having a joint in their pocket. Legislators can look to advance criminal justice reforms concerning possession of small amounts of marijuana without throwing the doors open to a predatory industry that will have significant and irreconcilable impact on public health. That’s real social justice.

Lobbyists and lawmakers everywhere like to make bold-but-reality-challenged claims to advance legislation. But in its push to legalize commercial weed, the marijuana industry has taken legislative myth-peddling to brazen new lows.

New York’s lawmakers have a few days left to show the nation they won’t be duped. Here are some of the tallest of the tales that have swirled around Albany, thanks to the pot industry:

First, the industry claims high-potency commercial weed will provide social justice and economic opportunity for minority communities.

African American legislators in New Jersey didn’t fall for that, and their New York counterparts shouldn’t, either. The pot industry — backed by Big Tobacco and wealthy, mostly white Wall Street investors — is looking to line its own pockets. These multinational forces aren’t getting into pot to help minority entrepreneurs.

Remember when liquor stores and smoke shops were clustered in largely low-income and minority neighborhoods? Pot shops selling high-potency drugs engineered to create regular customers won’t lead to any more empowerment and opportunity for urban populations than clustered vice stores did.

There has been no quantifiable positive economic impact for such communities in legalized states. In fact, taxpayers and communities have had to shoulder an estimated $4.50 in social costs for every $1 in revenue, according to researchers at the Centennial Institute.
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  • Maricica S says:

    I belonged to NORML during the 1970s. Our objective was to decriminalize the possession and use of reasonable amounts of marijuana. A right to privacy under a state constitution and under the 4th amendment of the US constitution gave us the right to privacy concerning marijuana in the privacy of our own homes was recognized. See: Ravin v Alaska 1975.
    The objective was also to free up court space and state resources to better enforce violent crime laws, and to protect university smokers from felony charges that ruin life prospects. In very recent years Big Pot is quietly taking shape exploiting the market and furthering riches of the wealthy. The displaced worker or unemployed stays poor.

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