Walked by the corner inhabited by the local weed dealers. They all seemed a little depressed, like a bunch of steelworkers who have been given notice that plant is shutting down. Obama gets elected and the working man gets screwed.
There is no such corner.... And that friend of a friend who people get it from now may still be the ones purchasing in bulk to pass down to the little people, I don't know that I'd say they are out of work...
Not so fast, USA!
the UN has something to say about this...
Yans heads the International Narcotics Control Board. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder "will take all the necessary measures" to ensure that marijuana possession and use remains illegal throughout the U.S.
It would seem to me few things would get the red states to support legalization more than the UN telling the Feds to crack down on state legalization. Now we just need the UN to request we decrease spending on education.
A national Pew Research Center poll released Thursday shows the majority of Americans support pot legalization 52 percent to 45 percent, with 72 percent who say that the cost of federal law enforcement efforts are not worth it.
This story is a great illustration of the baptists and bootleggers pattern.
The cop (baptist) benefits from prohibition in the form of a job and also personal satisfaction. The bootlegger (smuggler/dealer) benefits in the form of higher profits.
So it isn't surprising to see both groups favor such policies.
"Only" customers lose under such a regime, with higher prices, weaker information about quality and reputation, less recourse, and little incentive to lobby against the policy (dispersed costs vs concentrated gains).