I don't really buy this argument as a legitimate reason not to legalize drugs. the easy answer of course is that they won't make it up, it will result in a net loss in revenue for those employed in the drug trade just as allowing competition in alcohol sales will result in a net loss of revenue for the state stores...or the mob was never really able to replace the loss of illegal booze sales. today minorities in poor urban neighborhoods are far more likely to drop out of school, the belief is they are joining the lucrative drug trade. with that allure gone, so is the allure of dropping out. it is also incorrect to assume that new jobs, with lower pay, won't be created. moreover, one can assume that the legalized drugs will also fund treatment and perhaps other social services. and you can't ignore the cost of dealing with the trade in terms of police enforcement and jails. these cause taxes to be higher and job growth to be lower.
Originally Posted by Naveen
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