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Old January 5th, 2014, 06:37 AM
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Default Anti-marijuana ad campaign should be paid for with windfall profits

The legalization of marijuana has the potential result of yielding huge profits and also costing the USA a lot just as tobacco use has - see below. Money should be set aside to pay for anti-marijuana ad campaign or if you prefer
marijuana education program. The federal government should regulate this business and collect taxes just as they do with tobacco. The Federal Government should not miss this opportunity to tax and pay for all the costs connected with enforcing the tax collection and spending this money.

Tobacco Use in the USA
• High school students who are current (past month) smokers: 18.1% or 3.4 million [Boys: 19.9% Girls: 16.1%]
• High school males who currently use smokeless tobacco: 12.8% [Girls: 2.2%]
• Kids (under 18) who try smoking for the first time each day: 3,500+
• Kids (under 18) who become new regular, daily smokers each day: nearly 1,000
• Kids (4-17) exposed to secondhand smoke: 39.6%
• Workplaces that have smoke-free policies: 75.1%
• Packs of cigarettes consumed by kids each year: 800 million (roughly $2.0 billion per year in sales revenue)
• Adults in the USA who smoke: 19.0% or 43.8 million [Men: 21.6% Women: 16.5%]
Deaths & Disease in the USA from Tobacco Use
• People who die each year from their own cigarette smoking: approx. 400,000
• Adult nonsmokers who die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke: approx. 50,000
• Kids under 18 alive today who will ultimately die from smoking (unless smoking rates decline): 6,000,000+
• People in the USA who currently suffer from smoking-caused illness: 8.6 million
Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined, with thousands
more dying from spit tobacco use. Of all the kids who become new smokers each year, almost a third will ultimately die
from it. In addition, smokers lose an average of 13 to 14 years of life because of their smoking.
Tobacco-Related Monetary Costs in the USA
Total annual public and private health care expenditures caused by smoking: $96 billion
- Annual Federal and state government smoking-caused Medicaid payments: $30.9 billion
[Federal share: $17.6 billion per year. States’ share: $13.3 billion]
- Federal government smoking-caused Medicare expenditures each year: $27.4 billion
- Other federal government tobacco-caused health care costs (e.g. through VA health care): $9.6 billion
• Annual health care expenditures solely from secondhand smoke exposure: $4.98 billion
Additional smoking-caused health costs caused by tobacco use include annual expenditures for health and developmental
problems of infants and children caused by mothers smoking or being exposed to second-hand smoke during pregnancy or
by kids being exposed to parents smoking after birth (at least $1.4 to $4.0 billion). Also not included above are costs from
smokeless or spit tobacco use, adult secondhand smoke exposure, or pipe/cigar smoking.
Productivity losses caused by smoking each year: $97 billion
[Only includes costs from productive work lives shortened by smoking-caused death. Not included: costs from smokingcaused
disability during work lives, smoking-caused sick days, or smoking-caused productivity declines when on the job.]
Annual expenditures through Social Security Survivors Insurance for the more than 300,000 kids who have lost at
least one parent from a smoking-caused death: $2.6 billion
Other non-healthcare costs from tobacco use include residential and commercial property losses from smoking-caused fires
(about half a billion dollars per year) and tobacco-related cleaning & maintenance ($3 billion).
• Taxpayers yearly fed/state tax burden from smoking-caused gov’t spending: $70.3 billion ($611 per household)
• Smoking-caused health costs and productivity losses per pack sold in USA (low estimate): $10.47 per pack
• Average retail price per pack in the USA (including sales tax): $6.03
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Old January 5th, 2014, 10:09 AM
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I think they ought to tax religion and homeschooling.
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I read an article the other day that said that cannabis is believed to have enough cancer fighting compounds to actually making smoking it beneficial. Of course this could be just like the eggs are bad for you this week and good for you next kind of thing.

Most likely since it has been banned for so long there just isn't enough research for anyone to say definitively one way or the other if it's harmful. Remember at one point you had your head chopped off if you spoke out against the world being flat.
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People die from smoking, drinking, auto accidents, gun fire, falling off buildings, wars, drowning, and other causes.

In spite of all of that I don't want the government to take away our freedoms.

Let them have weed legally so that they don't have to buy it illegally as they are doing across the country.

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Wow: This really killed my buzz.

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Default $400 an ounce for marijuana What a tax windfall opportunity.

I saw the price of retail marijuana in Colorado was $400 an ounce. If the government doesn't jump on this windfall of money to tax it and pay for health care for those victims of marijuana now and in the future, especially those who started as teenagers and had their brains damaged and are suffering the consequences of this drug use.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 01:14 PM
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I saw the price of retail marijuana in Colorado was $400 an ounce. If the government doesn't jump on this windfall of money to tax it and pay for health care for those victims of marijuana now and in the future, especially those who started as teenagers and had their brains damaged and are suffering the consequences of this drug use.
The IRS will get their share.

Brain damage? Well, that would help explain Republicans.
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Default Gov. of Vermont speaks 2 hours on drug problem in his state

It was an interesting speech about how drug problem was ruining Vermont. The news coverage highlighted a woman who has gone through drug rehab five times and it all started with marijuana smoking she said. Again reinforcing the gateway drug argument but more critically saying that the marijuana industry should be taxed heavily like cigarettes to pay for the medical care of marijuana users in all states not just where it is legalized. The federal government should jump in on this tax opportunity.
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