According to those "economists", legalization of pot would save taxpayers $13.7 billion in legal and imprisonment costs.
While I don't doubt that, it raises a serious question about the thinking process of liberals. According to this story, if legalizing something will save us money, then we should legalize it.
Now think of all the money we could save if we legalized spousal abuse. Or rape. Or even murder? I wonder where liberals would draw the line. If it would save us $100 billion, would they seek to legalize child molesting?
My point: doing the RIGHT thing should not be set aside for monetary concerns, or even public opinion. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. Liberals do not appear to care about right and wrong - they only care about money and public opinion (when it favors them).
There are a million ways to save billions in our wasteful society. Legalizing something that makes it even easier to escape from and cope with reality is not a good choice.
It is a slippery slope - and that is how liberals push any of their agendas. A piece here, a piece there. First, it's gays coming out. Then it's gays running half-naked in parades. Then it's getting the gay agenda into movies, then the schools. Then gay marriage. Piece by piece, a little at a time, they move the "Overton Window", as Beck would say.
Given enough time, liberals would turn America into a decadent society even worse than Sodom.