24/7 Newsfeed

Put Reason 24/7 on Your Site

RSS

Follow Reason 24/7 on Twitter and via RSS

Medical Marijuana Prosecutions Cost Big Bucks, Lost Jobs

When Matthew R. Davies was growing and selling medical marijuana in California, the 34-year-old father of two "hired accountants, compliance lawyers, managers, a staff of 75 and a payroll firm. He paid California sales tax and filed for state and local business permits," the New York Times reports. Unfortunately for him, federal agents raided his business, and "the United States attorney for the Eastern District of California, Benjamin B. Wagner, a 2009 Obama appointee, wants Mr. Davies to agree to a plea that includes a mandatory minimum of five years in prison." Let's set the legal questions aside and think through the costs of this course:

  • The opportunity cost of focusing on other crimes
  • $235,000 in incarceration costs
  • Two young girls with an absent father
  • Substantial lost tax revenue from his operation
  • Other marijuana sellers going underground
  • Less savory drug dealers, including violent cartels, getting more business
  • More of a hassle for sick medical marijuana patients to get their prescription filled

Source: The Atlantic. Read full article. (link)

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • kombi servisi||

    Also! I'm starting up kadıköy kombi servisi
    a new forum dedicated to my fellows stoners. Come on webmaster forumları
    over and join the high conversations! We're quite new, but VERY welcoming.

  • kombi servisi||

    and in regards to legalized MJ, vaillant kombi servisi i am seeing little to no negative comments amongst the cops. mostly support, and a few people are like "i think this is vaillant kombi servisi a dumb decision, but whatever. i've got better things to do with my time than MJ enforcement".

  • kombi servisi||

    I think it's time vestel klima servisi we start legalizing Marijuana everywhere. Stop living in demirdöküm kombi servisi fear and start thinking about how great the future will be! LEGALIZE IT!

  • kombi servisi||

    If you live in a state where Marijuana isn't legal yet and still want the same type of highs,klima servisi I suggest checking out uIntoxicate.com. It has amazingly detailed legal highs reviews and where to get them without getting ripped off!
    Also! I'm starting up arçelik klima servisi a new forum dedicated to my fellows stoners. Come on over and join the high conversations! We're quite new, but VERY welcoming.

advertisement