LSU student Baleigh Callaghan speaks on the TOPS issue

The state of Louisiana was hit with horrible news concerning this years deficit. We are 900 million dollars short for this upcoming fiscal years causing many to panic in fear of what is to come. Budget cuts will be taking place and they are hitting students and college universities hard. Baliegh Callaghan speaks on the issue of her situation regarding TOPS. There is a good quote in there that can be used in the research paper that is many students can relate to. It explains how she will not be able to afford living and going to school at LSU if TOPS is compromised. Its a very real issue students are unfortunately facing, like myself.

I found this article to be very relatable and interesting because i went to high school with Callaghan, she isa bright student who deserves the opportunity to go to college without the issue of money being a problem.


“Marijuana Legalization Creates 10,000 New Jobs”

Christian Sarich, a writer for the NaturalSociety website speaks on behalf of the benefits marijuana has brought to Colorado. Aside from the hundreds of millions of dollars it has raked into Coloardo’s economy, it has also created thousands of jobs. These jobs have aided in the decrease of unemployment all the way down to 4.2%. the jobs offered range from working at dispensaries, retailing, ware houses that cultivate marijuana. Not only has it mae jobs like this, but also spinoff industry jobs. It creates jobs like coffee shops (weed related), gardening equipment for the cultivating of weed, and paraphernalia stores that sell bongs, pipes, etc.

I found this very interesting because its amazing how much one little plant can create so many changes in a states economy. Colorado has one of the highest economies in the United States right now thanks to the plant named marijuana. Great source when talking about the creation of jobs in Louisiana.

Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Creates 10,000 New Jobs

“New Schools, Less Crime: Colorado Sees Benefits from Marijuana Legalization.”

Article writer, Kit O’Connell, briefly writes about the positive outcomes marijuana has left on Colorado. Colorado’s experiment in legalizing marijuana has raked in millions of dollars of revenue which has led to education funding and a decrease in crime rates. The revenue being brought in by this drug are going towards the building of schools and educational funding as well. Most importantly, though, the money is contributing to the hiring of nurses for school. Why might some people ask? Well, it is mostly for educational purposes. The nurses are going to educate the children on marijuana drug abuse and underage possession of the drug. It was a great idea on Colorado’s part because it teaches the children about the newly legalized drug

I think this would be a good article to go off of considering the tax revenue and crime rates is a vast amount of what I will be talking about in my paper.

New Schools, Less Crime: Colorado Sees Benefits Of Marijuana Legalization

“The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition”

Jeffrey A. Miron reports from Harvard University on the Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition along with number estimates of what could potential happen if marijuana was legalized at the state level and federal level. Miron goes into great detail on the potential marijuana tax revenue as well as how it would be distributed. He also has a lot of tables and diagrams that hold many statistics that can be potential for my paper. Overall, this would be a good paper to cite from

“Why Louisiana’s best option Is to Legalize Marijuana.”

This article by Brentin Mock is spot on. It holds so much information regarding Louisiana’s $900 million budget shortfall and its criminal justice issue and how to go about fixing these problems, that is, legalizing marijuana. Mock talks about how Colorado is using marijuanas tax revenue for the state insinuating that Louisiana should consider taking the same course of action. He believes that legalizing weed could be the solution for the states fiscal, criminal justice, and health crises. I found this article interesting because it was the first article I found regarding someones opinion on how Louisiana’s best option is to legalize marijuana.

A good statistic he briefly mentions that caught my attention was that the state spent more than $46 million in 2010 enforcing marijuana possession laws, which would be a good stat to use when writing about crime.

Overall, this is a good article to use as a foundation to go off of.

“Price of Prisons-Louisiana”

This article basically sums up how much prisons cost to run yearly in the state of Louisiana and how our taxes pay for the prisoners. It costed Louisiana 698.4 million dollars in 2010 to run and accommodate the inmates who live in prison. $17,486 is the average annual cost per inmate. These numbers seem scarily high and is disappointing to see that Louisiana tax payers have to pay such a costly amount. I’m sure plenty of the inmates were prosecuted for gang violence related to drugs, violence in general related to drugs, and marijuana possession. Louisiana can cut back and save millions if marijuana were legalized because some inmates would not be in jail if it weren’t for being in possession or getting in a fight over illegal drugs.

This article is good for comparing decrease in crime to Colorado and tax money spent to Louisiana’s prison budget for inmates and how much money spent overall.

“Economics of Legalization”

Dr. Dale Gieringer wrote a theses on the Economics of Cannabis Legalization Detailed Analysis of the Benefits of Ending Cannabis Prohibition. His work covers the case for legalization, the cheapest intoxicant, putting a value on cannabis, computing a harmfulness tax, and revenues from legalization.  The revenues from legalization caught my eye because it explains that not only marijuana would be the only source of revenue if it were legalized. Dr. Grierger brings up a good point of how marijuana won’t be the only source of revenue of legalized:

“In addition, legalization would create numerous revenue-generating spinoff industries, such as coffee houses, gardening equipment and paraphernalia.”

The variety of sources of incomes will lead to a boost in the economy, not to mention the creation of jobs.

He also mentions how “legalization would save the considerable economic and social costs of the current criminal prohibition system.”

This would be a good article to spin off the idea of how much money Louisiana devotes to prisons and arrests.

Marijuana Legalization in Colorado after One Year of Retail Sales and Two Year of Decriminalization”

In this article, there are a copious amount of statistics concerning the before and after the legalization of weed in Colorado. It touches on arrest and judicial savings, decrease in crime rates, tax revenue, economic benefits and more. What amazes me is that Colorado now has the fastest growing economy in the United States according to this article. The unemployment rate is at a six year low! At least 16,000 jobs were created for people licensed to work in the marijuana industry. Much of the tax revenue was funneled into education (hint hint Louisiana) as well. Overall, Colorado’s economy is booming.

This article is great for every aspect of my academic paper, especially the statistics. use the statistics for the TOPS paragraph (tax revenue funneled into education), the creation of jobs paragraph and how many jobs its brought to Colorado, and how the crime rate has dropped as well as the amount of marijuana charges.

“The Economic Benefits of Marijuana”

Nikola Kovic wrote his theses on “The Economic Benefits of Marijuana” which entails everything under the sun that you would want to know about marijuana and the legalization of the drug. What I really took from this article was the economic aspect of why marijuana should be legalized. Kovic believes that marijuana legalization has one important advantage over decriminalization; that is, it allows taxation of production and legal sales of marijuana. He shows a diagram that concludes that the support for marijuana legalization was slowly grown from 1970-2010.

Kovic briefly talks about a statistic that states:

“According to National Drug Strategy Household Survey (2012) about half of all Americans reported that they used marijuana.” Which is not surprising, but was music to my ears.

To conclude his article, Kovic’s states ten reasons for marijuana legalization.

This article would be good for economic and socioeconomic stance on the legalization of marijuana. (tax revenue and cut spending)


“Cannabis Captiva: Freeing the World from Marijuana Prohibition.”

This scholarly article written by Stephen B. Duke touches on various reasons weed should be legalized, the steps the government would have to take to legalize weed, and reasons people disagree with the legalization of weed. Duke has supporting evidence of why alcohol, tobacco, and obesity are more threatening than marijuana, which is very believable.

It was also said that marijuana is most definitely not linked to violence when under the influence. Normally when people smoke or ingest an edible, it it common to want be very lethargic and want to eat food.

Duke’s last and biggest claim was the amount of people who are arrested for drug violations. In 2008, 1,702,537 were arrested for marijuana possession. Too many young lives are severely damaged because of a petty drug charge; its cruel and not necessary.


Good article for drug violation statistics and effect on health.