With US In Decline, Canada Must Step Up Pot Economy

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by Burned Haze, Apr 8, 2006.

    \t\tby Brendan Proce, (Source:Vue Weekly)
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    </td></tr></tbody></table> \t06 Apr 2006

    Hunter S Thompson called it The American Century: unsurpassed industrialization in the first half of the 20th century combined with rapid societal adoption of the new industrial regime bred a bolder, richer American people that led their country to prosperity through the close of the millennium.

    No matter the long-term outcome of the American empire, there is little doubt that its golden years have passed. Their oil's almost gone, they're getting attacked on their own land by an enemy they can't even identify and they're despised by most of the world.

    It took an eternity for the US to reopen its borders to our beef, and this softwood-lumber issue is making some people question American motives: in their country's time of decline, is the Bush administration simply trying to keep us in line? If so, should we act on it? Can we?

    We ignore one of Canada's most potentially profitable resources. Do you know how much marijuana there is in this country? ( Maybe $8.5 billion worth annually, by one estimate. ) Do you have any idea the windfalls that the government would reap if it regulated the industry and charged even a one-per-cent tax? There are a lot of hospital beds at stake here.

    Stephen Harper's announcement this week that pot won't be legalized after all is a huge financial error. Forget the push to legalize pot based on its relative harmlessness. Think of it in terms of a taxable resource. That shouldn't be so far off-we've already got cigarettes, liquor and fast food.

    Canada is stunting its growth by prohibiting pot. Inject marijuana-related income into our GDP and we'll not only be richer, we'll gain respect.

    Regulating marijuana is a point of national pride. The industry already exists and will continue to exist whether the government dips in or not. In addition to the prosperity a pot market would bring, squabbles over incidentals like softwood lumber and beef would fade in view of Canada's new mega-industry.

    China is the current frontrunner for the 21st century's most influential nation. With oilsands revenues complemented by our established democracy and rule of law, Canada won't be far behind.

    We're not even playing our best cards yet.
    <hr noshade="noshade"> [​IMG][SIZE=-1]MAP posted-by: Larry Seguin

    \t\t[SIZE=-1] Pubdate: Thu, 06 Apr 2006
    Source: Vue Weekly (CN AB)
    Copyright: 2006, Vue Weekly.
    Contact: letters@vue.ab.ca
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    Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2918
    Author: Brendan Proce
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  2. quite interesting.... also, think how much we would save in prisons and legal fees
  3. This will help, also by keeping citizens in the workplace, and out of jail.

    Oh god, that sounded so horrible to say, turning people with souls into peons of some RTS game.
  4. It def would help, but itd also make some other problems.. let me explain.

    Although its not a gateway drug, is someways I have to say people do experiment further when they learn what a high is and they learn they can get a "better" high.

    and ya shouldnt ask for rep in ya sig Burned Haze , youll get it if they wanna give you it :p
  5. lol yeah the last person that asked for rep ended up with a few thousand neg rep points lol

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