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Save Taxpayers Money

Removing criminal penalties for cannabis is a big win for taxpayers. Here are some ways ending prohibition saves money:

  • Enforcement Costs – reducing the hours of wasted time associated with law enforcement. The state of Florida arrested 38,000 adults for simple possession of cannabis in 2011.
  • Reduce Prosecution Costs –To prosecute 38,000 adults we must calculate the hours spent by law enforcement, jailers, bailiffs, clerks, secretaries, lawyers and judges, prosecuting adults for simple possession per case. It's hard to calculate the exact degree of this fiscal nightmare, but clearly it's vast.
  • Prohibition Breeds Corruption – federal records show that since the beginning of alcohol prohibition through the present incarnation, corruption is rampant under prohibition. Whether it is bribes to law enforcement, prosecutors, or judges; political pay offs and occupancy guarantees to private facilities, or banks taking a few dollars to help launder drug money, a cash business with many customers and no regulations is a dangerous business Florida can't afford.

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