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Great Discussions 2016 -- Should Illicit Drugs Be Legalized (Taxed)?-- Paul Worsham
San Luis Obispo Union Bank
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Great Discussions 2016 -- Should Illicit Drugs Be Legalized (Taxed)?-- Paul Worsham
Great Discussions 2016 is a highly participatory course designed for those informed and thoughtful people among us who love to engage in real discussion and respectful debate over issues of the day. This course is a forum for exchanging ideas about international and domestic public affairs and America's place in the world.

This one-session course is the first of three sessions of Great Discussions 2016 that will be offered in August, September and October.   LLCC offers this discussion series often. The topics discussed change during the year to coincide with world and domestic events and the interests of the participants.

Participants will discuss current international and domestic issues and events and geo-political trends that affect us as citizens of the world and as Americans.  Participation is limited to 28.  You may register for this course each time that it is announced during the year.

Great Discussions is modeled after the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions program that LLCC offered in the past.  

This course is designed to be responsive and flexible to the issues of the world.  Discussions will be active responses to changing circumstances throughout the world. The topic covered during this session of Great Discussions will be:

OCTOBER 20:  Should Illicit Drugs Be Legalized (Taxed)?

Legal sales of Marijuana could hit $6.7 Billion in the in 2016.  However, it is estimated that illegal sales of Marijuana annually is more than $40 Billion, followed by Cocaine sales at about $28 Billion and Heroin at $27 Billion.  Obviously, these kinds of numbers catch the attention of hungry politicians looking for a new tax base to replace declining cigarette sales taxes.

The revenues and profits from the legal sales of Opioids by prescription, is enormous, as are the sales of the private clinics set up to treat addictions to prescription drugs.  Just one of these drugs, OxyContin, legally sells about $3 Billion worth of pills annually and this doesnt account for the value of illegal sales or the actual cost to consumers.  And there are many more similar opioid paid killers like Percocet, Vicodin and Hydrocodone, to name but a few of the formulations and brands.  Should they be legalized?

While Paul Worsham's education and career focused on consumer electronics marketing, he has a deep and active interest in world affairs and America's place in the world.

Thursday, October 20  10am-12 noon  Union Bank  SLO

If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.


San Luis Obispo Union Bank (View)
995 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
United States


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