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How Much Should An Ounce of Marijuana Cost In A "Free Market," Society?

I am not a stoner, but know friends who spend between $150 - $400 per month for a single ounce of weed. Holy black market expensive. It's a freaking plant for God's sake, not some precious metal!

I never would have thought that a single ounce of "high grade," marijuana would have as much value as a quarter ounce of gold.

Marijuana prohibition just doesn't make sense...in SO many ways.

So how much should and ounce of "high grade," weed cost if marijuana were to be legalized?

$20 would seem to be a fair price....taxes included.

Let's say about $10 of the cost is attributed to some kind of state tax.

Let's assume that the average American toker smokes 1 ounce of weed per month.

$10 X at least 30 million American potheads =

$300 million per month in tax revenue.

That equals $3.6 Billion per year!

What if the taxes were $50 instead of $10?

$60 bucks for an ounce of "high grade," weed...

That equals $18 Billion per year! At least...because I am being overly conservative by estimating that less than 10% of the American population smokes pot.

The LAST thing I want to do is give the government more taxpayer dollars to waste, but if legalizing weed could perhaps supplement the elimination of the Income Tax, eliminate wasteful DEA and police force expenditures, reduce crime, and make room in jail for the real criminals of society... I'm all for decriminalizing marijuana.

"How Pot Saved The West"



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Michael Nystrom's picture

A buck forty nine?

Can you smoke it? LOL.

Hey TJV. Thank you for all that you do too. Never discount the value of your own actions. Because you're here, I know you're a fighter. A fighter for Liberty.

He's the man.
Michael Nystrom's picture

Not to mention all the money saved on the bogus

War on Drugs.

But that's where things get tricky. Those drug warriors are politically well connected. They want to keep those prisons open and the money from the government flowing. The lawyers need the work. The cops need the jobs. If they're not out busting heads ... what'll they do for work?

And ounce of weed should probably be about $5. Imagine if this plant were "legal" (as if a plant can be "illegal" - who's law are we talking about? Man's law, or God's law?) everyone and his brother were growing it. And after all, it grows like a "weed." It would be everywhere. You could throw a bunch of seeds in the garden out back and have a nice harvest. People would be giving it away.

Kind of like zucchini squash in the summer. It's like: Help - take some of this squash! I've got too much. I can't eat it all!!!

I think the actual market price would approach free in certain areas. But there would always be a premium price for the premium product.

Take a trip to Amsterdam if you want to see premium dope -- legally.

He's the man.

Michael is right. Being close

Michael is right. Being close to cannabis growers, I often get ounces for free. I also got free zucchini all the time last summer from my neighbor. :D

Wrong thinking?

"Let's say about $10 of the cost is attributed to some kind of state tax."

The cost is almost nothing so why would the price be anything?

If it is an involuntary tax (crime) then it is not a free market.

If I can grow something, because I want to do it, how much does it cost me to not do it?

So what is the price then?

I've read, but not tested myself, that hemp plants are very good for making composite materials, building materials, competitive against wood and metals, so the same old routine is at work here destroying competition so that the price is no longer forced down and the quality is no longer forced up.

If I do grow hemp, to make building material, food, medicine, or to get high, and I like doing that, why would I pay someone else to take my fun away?

Joe

I know, and I totally agree

I know, and I totally agree with you in a perfect world, but you have to cast your idealism aside in this world of profit or pain we all live in.

Even if there is a huge $50 per ounce tax, at least 30 million Americans will be saving between $100 and $350 per month compared to the going black market rates.

An average savings of $225 per month for over 30 million Americans would be a very good thing for the overall economy.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Don't, please, pin that bullcrap on me.

I'm not talking about no stinking perfect world.

There is absolutely no reason (other than an abject belief in falsehood without question) that strictly voluntary government can't rule the day, and then the next day, and the quality of voluntary government increases and the cost of voluntary government decreases over time.

If you want to spread more lies my way, then forget about it.

"I know, and I totally agree with you in a perfect world, but you have to cast your idealism aside in this world of profit or pain we all live in."

Idealism my ass.

I'm EFING FED UP.

Joe

Me too, Joe...I'm fed up too

Me too, Joe...I'm fed up too man but please don't think for a stinking moment that the FED's aren't going to legalize it without some kind of incentive for themselves.

The end of alcohol prohibition was met with WHAT for the state's benefit? The 5 cent deposit...most people don't return their bottles and cans, and over half of the tax goes straight into the government pockets.

If there was ever a tax that I'd be in favor of right now, marijuana consumption would be it, because the net gains in so many ways would far outweigh the negative aspects of the tax itself. The medical benefits alone would save hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars per year in medical costs.

There MUST be some sort of compromise. Meet in the middle...everyone gains, the only ones that lose are the drug cartels and their pushers.

Legalize weed. It's a win, win for both the government and the People.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

I'm FED up with the lies

The lies still between my own ears, but I at least know that the FEDS are not Federal, they are Despotic, so why treat them any way other than you would a Mad Dog?

"The end of alcohol prohibition was met with WHAT for the state's benefit?"

Did you read anything on the studies that showed how Alcohol prohibition was another lie, a cover up for crushing the competitors that made their own fuel for their own cars?

"The 5 cent deposit...most people don't return their bottles and cans, and over half of the tax goes straight into the government pockets."

I'm FED up with using their lying words. They are not "government" they are criminals, so why call a Mad Dog a nice little puppy dog?

It just does not work, other that to help cover up the crimes.

I know, I am such an ass, I get that, but really, I'm at the end of my rope in this crap.

"If there was ever a tax that I'd be in favor of right now, marijuana consumption would be it, because the net gains in so many ways would far outweigh the negative aspects of the tax itself. The medical benefits alone would save hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars per year in medical costs."

Have you read anything on any of the cancer cures that the criminals crushed and ran out of their turf? United States of abject believers in falsehood, without question, and their masters?

"There MUST be some sort of compromise. Meet in the middle...everyone gains, the only ones that lose are the drug cartels and their pushers."

Mad Dogs, sure, I get it, psychopaths, sociopaths, pedophiles who routinely pardon themselves, frauds, extortionists, torturers, serial killers, mass murderers, sure, deal with them, maybe they can cut us some slack?

Compromise?

I don't get it. The Mad Dog is ready to run amok with World War III, already well underway, and so maybe we can ask for mercy?

"Legalize weed. It's a win, win for both the government and the People."

No, the criminals running the show are not going to do anything other than whatever crimes they can get away with, as proven for over 200 years, so no, you are missing the point.

Look here:

http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/bsbhm2.html

Why?

Why that?

Because of this:

http://www.public-action.com/SkyWriter/WacoMuseum/

It isn't about the price of a bag of weed.

It is Liberty versus those who work to destroy us, and they will, or someone will stop them, and then someone else, and then someone else, and it may be a good idea to get on the same page sooner rather than too late.

1.
End the FED
2.
End the IRS
3.
Bring the Troops Home

Please understand, seriously, time is running out.

Joe