In California's Marijuana Truce, a Troubling Gray Legal Area
Alison StatemanThere, the fed crackdowns, which had continued despite the end of the state's own raids, got in the way of upwards of $100 million in revenue from medical marijuana sales taxes in 2007, according to Americans for Safe Access (ASA), an advocacy group for prescription pot.
An article in Times Magazine has confirmed that federal raids on medical marijuana facilities will not be targeted by the Drug Enforcement of America (DEA) any longer. In California, one of 13 states that have decriminalized marijuana for medial use, the DEA has been estimated to have spent well over $10 million US from the years of 2005- 2007 on only medical marijuana facilities. These costs do not include legal fee's which would cost the government $500,000 to pay the prosecutor in each case. In turn these dispensary's have produced $100 million US in revenue for the government in taxes.
The link to the article is here: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1888172,00.html?iid=digg_share
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