Seems like the pot boom that took the nation by storm is actually doing more good than harm. So far the state of Colorado has collected $2 million in taxes for the month of January. As you know, Colorado was the first state in the US to legalize the commercial sale of cannabis in 2012.
In the first of January this year, retails stores opened for business and they were able to file tax returns in for $14 million. Of course, these figures only represent taxes collected on recreational marijuana if medical marijuana is included, the figure rises to $3.5 million.
Ironically, the money raised from the industry has been earmarked for youth drug prevention, substance abuse treatment and public health. But it doesn’t stop here. In New York, two friends are making a killing with their marijuana delivery business. Though what they do is illegal, “Abe” and “Brian” still hold that they are morally sound people.
According to the pair, they try to do right by people.
“Even though what we do is illegal, we’re both morally sound people,” Abe said in a recent interview,
“We try to do right by people. That’s what I always tell my mom, anyway.”
Abe and Brian run Secret Fleet and though their company is relatively new, they are building a large clientele rapidly. The pair attest to Just to having made 55 deliveries in one nigh. This translates to approximately $1100 with each delivery they make earning them $20.
You might be wondering how the pair run an illegal business. Brian the other half of the company puts everything in perspective:
“I tell my family I’m just a regular bike courier trying to make it as an actor,” this former pharmaceutical researcher says.
“I don’t like having to hide what I do. But my family is made up of very traditional, conservative people. And I don’t know how they’d react to it.” Abe’s mom on the other hand knows what he does and fears for his son.
By now you should have an idea of where I am going with this post. The marijuana industry is proving to be very lucrative and the nation can generate a lot of funds from the industry if they approach the whole matter objectively. From these two stories do you think marijuana should be legalized?
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