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March 29, 2009 CNN
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Would Marijuana Light Up the Economy?
By Mark Follman
Fri March 27, 2009 1:22 PM PST
Guest blogger Mark Follman writes frequently about current affairs and culture at markfollman.com.
The debate about whether to legalize marijuana in the United States has never been a mainstream one. So it’s been fascinating to watch how much attention the concept has gotten lately, however viable it may or may not be.
Preoccupation with the violent drug war is one factor; marijuana is the largest source of revenue for the Mexican cartels’ multibillion dollar business north of the border. Commodify the major cash crop through legalization, the idea goes, and its cost will plummet, putting a serious dent in the bad guys’ bank accounts.