Could cannabis revitalize the economy?
(RPN) In 1971 President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs, and U.S. taxpayers have been funding the campaign for more than 40 years. According to the Associated Press, spending for the Drug War in 2010 was $15.5 billion at the federal level.
Today the U.S. is the most highly incarcerated society in the world with 2.3 million Americans behind bars. About one-quarter of them are there for drug-related offenses…
Award winning journalist and author Doug Fine had the same opinion in his latest book, “Too High to Fail.” Fine makes an argument for the removal of cannabis from the banned federal substances list. Fine traveled to Mendocino County, Calif., to monitor, what he calls, “lucrative civil disobedience.”
In 2011, the county approved an ordinance that allowed farmers to grow and sell marijuana.
Each farmer paid $8,500 to grow 99 plants, one plant below the federal limit for conspiracy, and the county made $602,000 and saved the jobs of seven deputies.
Q&A with “Too High to Fail” author Doug Fine