Decriminalization vs legalization???

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FlattestPancake

Decriminalization to me means that you won't get a criminal charge and being caught possessing marijuana would be treated like a speeding ticket. I have a very warped view of decriminalization because of my state. Here in North Carolina, we are "decriminalized", so to speak. Meaning if you are caught with half an ounce or under, it is considered a misdemeanor and you have to pay a max fine of 200 dollars. Speaking in terms of legalization, it could possibly be legalized at the federal level sometime soon. I say this because Chuck Schumer announced that he was getting together with U.S. senators to plan a bill that legalizes marijuana at the federal level. It is just so ridiculous to me that we have states like Colorado or California where weed is now normalized to an extent, but then there are still states in the union where people (unfortunately, mostly people of color) are still going to jail for possessing a plant that has resulted in the deaths of 0 people in the entire history of human civilization.


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yep_im_here_4797001

If used properly it should result in no deaths. Unfortunately deaths have been seen by drivers who are too stoned to be driving. Alcohol is still more deadly in so many ways.


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erik1202

You can't sell in decrim so no dispensaries. Which usually blow anyway.


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iamveryverynoob

Aside from widespread use and accessibility, the best thing about legalization is tax revenue. Colorado, Washington, and California, three of the first US states to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis, enjoyed $307,278,327, $469,200,000, and $474,100,000 in cannabis tax revenue 2020, respectively. A lot of this revenue gets pumped back into the state's economy and infrastructure. This doesn't happen with decriminalization because legalized sale and distribution are prohibited.


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a2thej4

Add to this that in a legal market crime is reduced when the drug lords lose their marijuana profits, there's less race disparity in arrests, and people don't lose their lives in a 3 strike prison system.. just saying ;)


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bourbonthief

Guessing that decriminalization at the federal level means delisting it from the controlled substances list whereas legalization will happen at the state level.


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yep_im_here_4797001

Agreed and well put.