Thursday, November 07, 2013

Legal pot in Oklahoma? Don't hold your breath

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Quick question: When the State of Oklahoma snap out of its mid-20th century stupor and realize there is a huge market in their midst that they aren’t capitalizing on?
At the current rate, probably never.
But marijuana activists like Norma Sapp remain hopeful. Her recent appearances in local media as of late are, to me, an encouraging sign. But much more must be done to get where we need to be on this issue.
"If Oklahoma's cannabis policies were changed," Sapp said. "We could save this state over $200 million just from the Department of Corrections. And millions more in police and court expenses."
Perhaps the economic angle will start sinking in for a lot of these tough-on-crime politicians we have around here.
A story this week at The Huffington Post reports that legal marijuana is “among the fastest-growing markets in the United States, and it’s growing at a rate poised to outpace the expansion of the global smartphone market.”
Notes The Huffington Post: “Over the course of six months this year, an estimated $1.43 billion worth of legal marijuana will be sold in 2013.”

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billy pilgrim said...

i think saving money on jails is the big deal unless the states have agreements with the private prisons to supply a certain number of customers.

texlahoma said...

Billy - Our ex-governor owned a bunch of stock in private prisons, not surprisingly, he was a real law and order type.

Mr. Shife said...

Makes sense to me to legalize pot but I don't have stock in private prisons. =) Have a good one texlahoma.

texlahoma said...

Mr. Shife - Makes sense to me too, maybe the incredible amount of money Colorado makes in taxes will encourage other states to take a look at it.
Have a good weekend.

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