The Expense Of Banning Cannabis


1 of the concerns that come back to haunt us time and time once again is the validity of banning drugs at all? A comparatively fast appear at history must assist us to kind an opinion and give a basis for government policy. In 1920 the USA passed the 18th Amendment which successfully banned the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol. Identified as the Prohibition Era. The only genuine impact of this legislation was the creation of criminals and non-tax paying millionaires from the sales of alcohol on the Black Marketplace. The ban on alcohol-fuelled a considerable demand. Gangs battled for manage of the provide, violence, and gang warfare broke out on the streets of the USA culminating in the St Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago in 1929. 

According to the bit size info on the history of the prohibition era for GCSE history, protection rackets, organised crime and gangland murders had been prevalent for the duration of Prohibition that when alcohol was legal! 

The gang leaders, in unique, Al Capone claimed to be a businessman merely supplying a item that was in demand. 

It has been estimated that someplace in the area of $two,000 million worth of reputable enterprise was transferred from the alcohol and entertainment market to the gangs and gang leaders. If $1,000,000 in 1920 is worth in today’s dollars $13,043,597.88 then $two,000 million would be worth $26 Billion dollars. 

None of this dollars was ever taxed, reputable enterprise was crippled, and tax paying staff of these companies lost their jobs. 

 All of this is a self-inflicted personal target. 

On the 03/07/2018 an short article was published in the Guardian which estimated that the legalisation of cannabis could add £10bn to the economy. This would be a considerable increase to the UK economy as legal tax-paying jobs are designed, vat is collected on all the transaction. 

It is not a query of no matter whether 1 supports the consumption of drugs for recreational purposes that we must ask. The query we must be asking it is no matter whether or not we continue to assistance a ban that is costing the nation dollars in each the loss of income in the economy but the added expense to preserve fighting the unwinnable war on drugs.


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