a good friend of mine has brought this to my short attention span.....I havent taken the time to get into the research of it...but in case any of ya'll are in need of a good research paper....
The War On Drugs last year cost the American taxpayer approximately $25billion
fewer than 1 million arrests were made.
515,000 of which were minor possession arrests
and it netted 6,500 incarcerations.
est: $3.8million per incarceration
(this seems a bit deceiving.... I don't think it's fair to say that 100% of money spent is purely to arrest people. but, this is her math not mine)
Estimated tax revenue would exceed $47 billion dollars if marijuana were produced by the government and sold (legally) (and taxed the same as tobacco, alcohol, and other "sin" taxes).
So, the annual net swing dollars would be: $72 billion for one year.
at $72B / year how long would it take to retire the national debt.
as a personal note: I don't agree simply due to the cost to humanity