Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Some day in California, it may be cheaper to smoke grass than drink booze. If that is the case, there will be more DUI - Drugs cases in California, lawyers say. There probably won't be more DUI - Marijuana cases than DUI - alcohol cases in California, though, San Diego attorneys believe

Some day in California, it may be cheaper to smoke grass than drink booze. If that is the case, there will be more DUI - Drugs cases in California, lawyers say. There probably won't be more DUI - Marijuana cases than DUI - alcohol cases in California, though, San Diego attorneys believe.

Alot depends on whether a state legalizes marijuana. One state legalizing grass may result in the reduction of the cost of marijuana throughout the United States. Opponents to legalization claim that would mean more folks may want to start smoking marijuana, a panel of experts said today at American Enterprise Institute events, DUI lawyers report.

Oregon last week is the 3rd state to vote in November on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Colorado and Washington are doing it, too.

“Legalization is unprecedented – not even the Netherlands has done it – it is entirely possible it will happen this year,” said Jonathan Caulkins, co-author of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know."



The Obama administration opposes legalizing marijuana. Obama's administration has tried to close a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in California & Colorado.

“The effects will be enormous,” said Caulkins, a professor at Carnegie Mellon. Caulkins claims 1 of the reasons for outlawing the drug is to make it riskier to produce and sell, driving up prices and curbing use. A price reduction after legalization in some states could undermine marijuana laws nationally.

Caulkins said Colorado’s proposition would allow residents to obtain a grower’s license fairly easily, making the state a good home for exporters of marijuana.

“They would be able to provide marijuana to New York state markets at one quarter of the current price,” he said, predicting similar price declines in other states.

Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA, said his advice to federal officials would be “to sit down with the governor of the state and say, 'Look, we can make your life completely miserable -- and we will - unless you figure out a way to avoid the exports.”

One option would be to impose strict limits on how much of the drug retailers could sell to each customer.

Washington’s proposal would present authorities with a different problem. The state is proposing to create a strong system of regulations with the aim of propping up prices. Caulkins said the federal government could strike down the regulations but would leave a free-for-all behind.

“The federal government will face some really difficult choices where actions are like double-edged swords,” Caulkins reminded.