Tuesday , 17 October 2017
Playtime is Over, Can We Take It To the Bank Now?
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Playtime is Over, Can We Take It To the Bank Now?

Americans are taking a more active role in their freedoms by listening and asking questions about new truths that surface for them regarding marijuana and what it can do for not only terminally ill people, but  for our debt riffled country. Government entities are being held accountable more than ever as more and more people get involved in the full role of their local, county, and state governments while legalization continues to bellow across the nation.

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Photo by Courage Campaign

Photo by Courage Campaign

So, it isn’t any surprise to many Americans that cannabis has been on the Schedule 1 Drug Formulary for decades, and even in it’s full blown prohibition was recorded to be the largest cash crop for the United States every year since the War on Drugs started, pulling in over $35.8 billion smackaroonies in 2006!  Ironically enough, Money DOES Grow On Trees! Who knew?

With the exception of successfully adding trillions to the national debt annually with costs of the War on Drugs, leaving us beyond brokethe DEA’s exhausting efforts to remove the plant from U.S. soils and grow rooms through eradication programs has failed miserably, costing taxpayers an unfathomable $20 billion annually since it started. That cost, however is only a small portion of the EMBARRASSING $51,000,000,000 total that is spent ANNUALLY on the entire War on Drugs where over 1.55 million are detained and serving sentences for non-violent drug crimes. How does a country get themselves out of a debt that gargantuan? What happens? Unbelievable.

The agency has failed to prove any significant progress in their attempt to eradicate the hemp plant that continues it’s reign as the #1 cash crop in the U.S., but furthermore, the War on Drugs has been a huge disappointment. Americans will ache in the pits of their stomachs when they are able to wrap their brain around that kind of money being spent on NOTHING for so many years. Play time is over now, can we take it to the bank now?

 2006 Rank Crop Average Production Value ($1000s)

  • 1 Marijuana   $35,803,591
  • 2 Corn   $23,299,601
  • 3 Soybeans   $17,612,200
  • 4 Hay   $12,236,638
  • 5 Vegetables   $11,080,733
  • 6 Wheat   $7,450,907Photo by via
  • 7 Cotton-All   $5,314,870
  • 8 Grapes   $2,876,547
  • 9 Apples   $1,787,532
  • 10 Rice   $1,706,665
  • 11 Oranges   $1,583,009
  • 12 Tobacco   $1,466,633
  • 13 Sugarbeets   $1,158,078
  • 14 Sugarcane   $942,176
  • 15 Sorghum   $840,923
  • 16 Cottonseed   $821,655
  • 17 Peanuts   $819,617
  • 18 Barley   $653,095
  • 19 Peaches   $474,745
  • 20 Beans   $467,236

Since the DEA’s eradication efforts started, production for marijuana has continued to increase quite significantly from 2.2 billion pounds annually in 2006 to an incredible 22 billion pounds in 2013, just 25 years, making it still the nation’s number one cash crop. So while we poured excessive amounts of financial resources into the War or Drugs, It looks as if we were actually funding the War on Drugs and have witnessed marijuana being legalized right in front of our eyes, the biggest reform movement in the history of Generation X , Y, and Me.

Photo by Courage Campaign

Photo by Courage Campaign

canstockphoto5147244The money that was being spent on failed eradication of weed should be newly allocated to help entities directly affected by the its inevitable entrance to the country. Taking the time to do it correctly is important, written proposals for law in all 50 states should be a priority so the country can at least be benefiting from tax collected from herb that’s producing over $40 billion in our country today. Taxing will allow the country to collect approximately $19 billion in tax revenue annually. That’s a no brainer, right? It’s coming for all 50 states, and the more time one has before legalization is effective to educate the people residing there, the more sound and seamless its entrance will be because the people of that state will have been educated on it, and they aren’t scared of it any longer.

State-ran and state-funded agencies and programs will soon start to feel the affects of the cannabis plant’s legal presence that will be sure to cause some chaos in program policies, requirements,  and reporting causing a tremendous amount of conflict among social service programs, education, corrections, rehabilitation, substance abuse, mental health, Medicaid, as well as funding for those programs. Private entities will feel the jarred ship as well in insurance policies for health, life, employment, automobiles, and banking to name a few.

Was a conscious decision made to continue the appropriated spending on eradicating the cannabis leaf even though there were no significant benchmarks indicating success was being attained? Did we really make the choice to ignore failed efforts all this time when we could have been identifying a way produce revenue from it?


Redneck Quotes by

Cannabis Top Crop by Mark Wunder

The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform, December 2006, by Jon Gettman 

Ariel Nelson, Director of Market Data & Content Services, CBNC

About Amanda Stout

Amanda Stout, MBA (Marketing) is a content contributor for Marijuana Connect. This article found its way to you with the intention of being only informational and educational. The author offers her own perception based on her own personal research, education, experience, and affiliated interest. Readers are encouraged to seek their own truth and meaning in not only the ideas and data presented in this article; but in all they believe to be real.