BE 01: Make Money, Not War



The following data was compiled by a listener, Clark Kent, and we were so impressed we wanted to share it with all of you.

War cost - $118,600,000,000

Annual cost of buying Afghanistan cannabis - $80,184,000

Annual law enforcement cost savings - $13,700,000,000

Annual income from cannabis sales taxation - $16,896,000,000

ANNUAL BOTTOM LINE SAVINGS - $149.116 BILLION

WINNING THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF AFGHANISTAN FARMERS - PRICELESS

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Cost of war in Afghanistan for 2010 - $93.4 billion (Source - http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf)

Estimated cost of war in Afghanistan for 2011 - $118.6 billion (Source - http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf)

Afghanistan becomes world leading producer of cannabis (Source - http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/03/31/us-afghanistan-cannabis-idUSTRE62U0IC20100331)

Estimated maximum acreage in Afghanistan that is under cannabis cultivation – 24,000 hectares (Source -   http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/03/31/us-afghanistan-cannabis-idUSTRE62U0IC20100331)

Estimated net income to Afghanistan farmers for cannabis production - $3,341 per hectare per year ( Source -  http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/03/31/us-afghanistan-cannabis-idUSTRE62U0IC20100331)

Estimated cannabis production by Afghanistan farmers – 3,500 tons per year (Source -  http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/03/31/us-afghanistan-cannabis-idUSTRE62U0IC20100331)

Total estimated income to Afghanistan cannabis farmers - $80,184,000

Total estimated street value of annual Afghanistan cannabis production based on $1,500 per pound -  $10.5 billion

Estimated annual law enforcement savings from cannabis legalization - $13.7 billion (Source - http://www.economics.harvard.edu/faculty/miron/files/budget%202010%20Final.pdf)

Estimated annual cannabis consumption nationwide – 105,600,000 lbs. (Source - http://www.drugscience.org/Archive/bcr4/5Supply.html)

Estimated tax revenue on legal cannabis sales (based on a flat $10 per ounce tax) - $16,896,000,000

Buying cannabis from Afghanistan, withdrawing troops, legalization and taxation of cannabis savings

 
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