The United States has been fighting a war since 1971, and it’s been losing. Which country do you think is most to blame for illegal drug use across the globe?via www.visualeconomics.com
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Soon after taking office in December 2006, President Felipe Calderón launched a military offensive against Mexico's drug cartels. Between then and the end of July 2010, 28,353 people were killed in fighting between state forces and the traffickers, and in turf battles between rival criminal groupsvia www.guardian.co.uk
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In the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, many have pointed to increased legalization or decriminalization of marijuana as being an untapped resource for taxation, and a source of new small business growth and employment. It is estimated that nearly $1 billion per year could be generated in marijuana production upon nationwide legalization with a flat 10% tax on producers. This, of course, coupled with a significant drop in the cost of policing and prosecuting the use of marijuana could lead to net savings.
Cannabis in US compared to other countries - tax, arrest, and classification comparisons.via cannagraphic.com