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[–] totes-mah-voats 2 points 22 points (+24|-2) ago  (edited ago)

The tax shouldn't be high. If it's too expensive, people will continue to buy it on the black market and pot related crime will still exist.

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[–] AlwaysSunnyInSeattle 1 points 45 points (+46|-1) ago 

That's what I used to think too. But more and more people seem to be happy to pay a little more for the convenience, consistency, and selection that retail and medical dispensaries provide. They won me over for sure.

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[–] voat-simulator 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

There's still a black market for it in Colorado, I know for a fact. It's an incredibly competitive market these days, but it's there.

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[–] AlanWatts 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

"Pot related crimes" lol

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[–] rothx 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

in those same states, shares in producers of munchies, reach an all time "high"

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[–] forgetmyname 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Additionally, it reports only in **medical ** marijuana states

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[–] crashtestgenius 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Every state that has legalized recreational use of marijuana has legalized medicinal use of marijuana, so they're included in this study.

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[–] freetoshare81 2 points 29 points (+31|-2) ago 

Big pharma will have something to say about this.

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[–] G4 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Who?

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[–] ILikeMyDogNotYours 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

.... big pharma would just start providing alternatives to smoking weed. There is nothing to suggest that they wouldn't benefit immensely from legalizing weed, as the upfront cost of buying farmland and equipment would be minuscule compared to researching and developing opiates/narcotics.

They exist solely to make money, and if weed became legalized they would enter that market as well.

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[–] HoneyNutStallmans 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

They exist solely to make money

Why do you think it's illegal and why do you think there's a big push against it?

Follow the money...

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[–] dart200 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

lol. Big Pharma banks on making bank with patentable proprietary solutions. It's why you see them pushing SSRIs to boost serotonin, instead of the natural (within humans) serotonin precursor 5-HTP. Likewise, you can't make a weed based solution proprietary. I'm sure they make more money keeping weed illegal, than legalizing it.

It doesn't even make sense that weed it still scheduled one. The US Dept of Health actually has a patent on the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of THC and CBD, filed in 1998, almost 2 decades ago ... both extremely medically relevant. Somehow, this information has not propagated to the drug scheduling act. Smells like lobbying efforts are keeping much of the government in the dark about this fact.

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[–] ShimmyShimmy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

But anyone can grow weed. It takes school to be a chemist.

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[–] jaceame 3 points 25 points (+28|-3) ago 

But it also leads to a 100% increase in rape/murder/theft/single mothers/suicides/abortions/gays/Australians/chance of and apocalypse. Do you want your children growing up in such a dangerous single gay apocalyptic world?

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[–] Leinhart 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Yes.

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[–] der-sert 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That was basically what occurred in A Boy and his Dog. And that sounded fairly fun. Outside of the rape and massive gang wars.

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[–] KingCactus 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Don't forget interracial relations with white women.

...That was actually put forth in the movie Reefer Madness, for those who don't get the reference.

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[–] FilmMakingShitlord 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Reefer Madness is so overrated. I has baked out of my mind and I barely chuckled.

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[–] markrod420 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Aaaand i came

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[–] GenevieveJenkins 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Australians

I lost it.

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[–] drj2 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

10/10 excellent story of why we should blaze it

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[–] faissaloo 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Blaze it when you need it, not when you want it

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[–] FatPeopleHater- 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good story, would read again

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[–] Zenocide 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

It would be nice to see this have an affect on people abusing things like Oxycontin and the newer/trendier Fentanyl which has lead to a lot of deaths.

As much as people like to rail against pot, I think there is little question that it's a hell of a lot better than other painkiller alternatives.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/new-study-finds-fentanyl-deaths-on-the-rise-in-canada-1.3187722 http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/emerging-trends

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[–] ShimmyShimmy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Woah, someone knows how to cite via Medline or Ovid. This is too classy for social media. They require screaming, caps, and insults. I'm proud of you son. No sarcasm.

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[–] 51rH0n3y84d93r 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What is not objective about their statistics? Or are we just laughing at the name? :-/

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[–] CobaltThoriumG 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A member of the Bong Rips News Network.

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[–] powny 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm totally on board with legalizing pot, but that kinda ignores improvements made in pain therapy over the last 10 years.

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[–] Shoggoth 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Did those improvements only happen in states where pot is legal?

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[–] powny 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Pain therapy overall improved a lot. While in the States it was "give more and more", at least in Germany it was "don't be a pussy, that'll only make you an addict, deal with the pain". Both are retarded approaches. Yes, pain therapy differs a lot by country. When I was a kid (in Germany) and until I was around 20, the only time I got anaesthetics at the dentist was when I had an extraction. Everything else was "don't be a pussy". So much for the difference. Also, I didn't say that pot wasn't great for pain, I've actually used it myself (again for dental issues where painkillers didn't work anymore) and it certainly was better than mixing painkillers with whiskey. Worked better and certainly was healthier, but still, there are people working on making pain therapy better and they've also been working for the last decade and they are doing quite a good job. Weed is a good thing, but it is not the one solution to all pain problems. Keeping an open mind includes acknowledging that maybe some of the people working for big pharma are actually really smart people trying to make people's lifes better.

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[–] voat-simulator 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The website had undesired page forwarding. I like the Reuters version.

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