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Marijuana: The Utilitarian Approach to Legalization

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Transcript of Marijuana: The Utilitarian Approach to Legalization

What is Utilitarianism?
Ø Works on basis of Greatest happiness Principle
Ø A deed is good if it results in greatest amount of Happiness for greatest amount of people
Ø Happiness = pleasure, the absence of pain
Benefits: Economic
Benefits: Economic
Why Marijuana is Not Being Legalized
Consequences: Public Health
Bibliography
Why Marijuana is Not Being Legalized
7 Reasons Not to Legalize Marijuana in Iowa. Des Moines: Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy, n.d. PDF.
Berger, Bill C. "Colorado Legalizes Marijuana; Tips For Employers." Denver Business Journal. Denver Business Journal, 17 Dec. 2012. Web. 25 Aug. 2013.
Fairchild, Caroline. "Legalizing Marijuana Would Generate Billions In Additional Tax Revenue Annually." The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post, 20 Apr. 2013. Web. 25 Aug. 2013.
Katel, Peter. Legalizing Marijuana: Should Pot Be Treated like Alcohol and Taxed? Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 2009. Print.
Kilmer, Beau. Reducing Drug Trafficking Revenues and Violence in Mexico: Would Legalizing Marijuana in California Help? Santa Monica, CA: RAND International Programs and Drug Policy Research Center, 2010. Print.
Liu, John C. Regulating and Taxing Marijuana: The Fiscal Impact on New York City. New York City: New York City Comptroller, Aug. 2013. PDF.
"Marijuana Abuse." Is Marijuana Addictive? National Institute on Drug Abuse, n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.
Miron, Jeffery A., and Katherine Waldock. The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2010. PDF.
Negative Effect on Public Health
Why Marijuana is Not Being Legalized
Addictive
The overall tax base would increase with legal marijuana.
Harmful
The legalization of marijuana would decrease government expenditures
Marijuana: The Utilitarian Approach to Legalization
http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.Mu4PkE5P.dpbs
Miron, Jeffery A., and Katherine Waldock. The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2010. PDF.
Miron, Jeffery A., and Katherine Waldock. The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2010. PDF.
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