It's not just the $10M in taxes the state's earned in four months -- it's also the $12-40M in law enforcement savings from not busting and imprisoning pot smokers.
And then there's the huge economic dead-weight losses averted by not turning productive working people into felons and destroying their families by putting them in jail. Pot related arrests -- the major source of drug busts -- are down 50%. Murders are down more than 50%.
The governor (who opposed legalization) is projecting $134M in tax revenue next year.
Six Months After Legalizing Marijuana, Two Big Things Have Happened in Colorado [Chris Miles/Policy Mic]
(via Hacker News)
(Image: LEGAL Colorado Marijuana Grow, Brett Levin, CC-BY)
Legalist is a startup founded by Thiel Fellow Eva Shang and Christian Haigh, backed by Y Combinator: it will use data-mining to identify people who have been legally wronged by deep-pocketed aggressors and offer to finance their litigation in return for a share of the winnings.
Angela Corey is state attorney for Florida’s 4th Circuit, where she’s put children as young as 12 on trial as adults, facing life in prison — in solitary, because children can’t be mixed with adult populations — without counseling, education, or any access to family.
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