what say you all? not just for allowing people the freedom they have with alcohol or tobacco to make their own decisions... but for the extra added benefits and reasons - taxation of said crop, both in production and consumption - Freeing up money from enforcement and legal waste - stops the unfairness of prosecution of non-violent "criminals" - Opens the way for legalization of hemp, a product with incredible possibilities that can help save cutting down forests, by replacing it with faster growing hemp crop. - provides a legal new economy for people in production and sales of hemp and marijuana - it is already the top cash crop in 12 states, is one of the top three cash crops in 30 states, and is one of the top five cash crops in 39 states. the value of U.S. marijuana production is estimated at $35.8 billion annually which is more than the combined value of corn and wheat I am totally for it. With all the added tax revenues marijuana production and sale alone (excluding hemp as an industry) if it is taxed in the same way as alcohol and tobacco, the tax revenues and savings to law enforcement would be roughly 15 billion dollars a year... with that kind of money, (or more if we smartly raised taxes higher on booze and marijuana) we could actually use the money to start trying to get health care coverage for the 43 million uninsured americans...between marijuana taxes and hemp production, tax revenues from the product could doubtless contribute annually a huge revenue stream that has been "illegal" yet could literally save the lives of the 10s of millions without health insurance if we were smart. If you had no health insurance, and could not afford it, but you would be covered if you knew that by other people simply being allowed to smoke a plant they enjoy, (same as anyone drinks a beer or smokes a cig etc.) would you vote for legaliztation, even if you yourself were not a user? Seems a fair tradeoff, no? (obviously i am simplifiying, but there is tens of billions annually to be gained from legalization) what about you all? what do you think?