We'll Pay You $14 billion to Legalize Marijuana

Our friends at NORML paid a visit to the Treasury Department today:

Earlier this morning, the organization presented a mock check to the U.S Treasury Department in the sum of $14 billion dollars. The check total represents the combined savings and tax revenues that would be generated by regulating the sale and production of cannabis like alcohol.

"We represent the millions of otherwise law-abiding cannabis consumers who are ready, willing, vocal and able to contribute needed tax revenue to America’s struggling economy," NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said at a press conference at the steps of the general post office in New York City. "All we ask in exchange for our $14 billion is that our government respects our decision to use marijuana privately and responsibly." [The Hill]

Is anyone still confused about why marijuana reform is an economics issue? Mr. President?

Anyway, assuming the desperate folks at the treasury didn't attempt to cash it, let me be the first to offer a home for that large novelty check which would surely just take up space around the NORML office. It will make a sweet conversation piece. Give me that giant check, you hippies.


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Thank you for this, NORML.

Thank you for this, NORML. It's amazing to me that the government doesn't listen to smart people like Allen. Dude knows what he's talking about!
I have a business with 7 doctor's offices (and more to come) in California where people can get medical marijuana cards, and we would be happy to see this come to fruition.
Check out the site:
http://www.marijuanamedicine.com

To all you marijuana

To all you marijuana activist's out there who are trying to get the
plant legalized now is the time.
Copy and Paste this entire message and spread it onto every forum
that you know. Now is the time for us to be heard and let the rest of
the country hear us.
America has fallen on hard times and our economy and it's people can't
stand on their own for much longer.
Marijuana is the worlds #1 cash crop and it has more medicinal purposes
then the media will let on. The plant itself will stop the destruction
of the rainforest and will raise the oxygen levels in the air if we are
allowed to cultivate it as we do corn.
The war on drugs is a failure and the prohibition of marijuana doesent
just affect you it affects your entire family.
The plant itself is used in the production of -Paper,Insulation,
clothing,and many many other thing's. It can and will end this
economic crisis we are in.
Legalizing it would put a stop to the cartels who make more money
then you can believe off it being illegal. The cartels who kill women
and children profit off of it being illegal.
There are no deaths resulting from marijuana ever recorded and it is
Safer then alcohol will ever be and it is not addictive.
Legalizing the plant will create job's and opportunities to start
small business's all over the country.
For medicinal purposes it can help with depression, insomnia, and
eating disorder's.
It has been stated over and over again that marijuana is not a
dangerous drug to use and in a since it can't even be labeled as a drug.
I myself know that the legalizing of this plant will help the world
in a good way, not bad. and for all of the people that are
Anti marijuana i have to say look up video's and don't believe
everything the media tries to tell you.
Put an age limit on the purchasing and consumption of marijuana, and
it will put the regulation of the plant into the hand's of the
companies themselves and will work alot better at keeping your children
off the "Plant" till they are at a sutable age to decide for themselves
and control themselves and when they are out of highschool.
Drug dealer's will not make anymore money off of this plant being
illegal and your children will barely be able to get their hands on it
till they are the proper age, same as alcohol. Cause it being illegal
just make's it easier for children to get ahold of it.

I say Americans need to work together and end the prohibition on
Marijuana and Remember Saying YES to Legalize marijuana Doesent mean
you saying yes to legalize the "Other" and more serious drugs.

America has alot to learn and this is going to be the start of the
Revolution. We are the American people and we don't need the media
and the government to tell us what is right and what is wrong.
Think for yourself's Save America and save the world as we know it.

While you are spreading the message around please remember to copy
from "To all you marijuana activist's" down to this last sentence.

IT IS NOT ENOUGH

COME ON NOW, FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS IS NOT EVEN A DROP IN THE BUCKET COMPARED TO THE MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS THE GOVERNMENT HAS WASTED ON A FAILED DRUG POLICY IN ONLY THE LAST FEW DECADES. THE GOVERNMENT CAN GET ALL THE MONEY IT WANTS--MUCH OF YOURS AND THE MONEY IT CAN BORROW ON YOUR CREDIT AND THAT OF YOUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN. IF YOU WANT TO SWAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH MONEY, YOU HAD BETTER GET A WHOLE LOT MORE.

What exactly I have to do to

What exactly I have to do to get those millions? I am willing to help. And I want it as soon as possible. I am with you to the legalization staff !!! Go go go. ;]

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