Your July 20 Guest Column about people hating tax and the marijuana advocates want to be taxed caught my eye. Americans sure do hate tax, but our greed can make us overlook the need for government to be funded. Study the USA Alcohol Prohibition.
As for pot advocates wanting to be taxed … maybe they just want to not be jailed and have their lives ruined by SWAT Teams killing their caged pets and family members during raids. Maybe they are sick of laws based on 1930s era reefer madness lies. Maybe they have an illness which can be treated well with marijuana, such as MS, glaucoma, PTSD, many nerve pain disorders, cancer treatment side effects, etc. Maybe they are just sick of our police here and in Mexico being killed by the failed policy of prohibition. Prohibition supports crime and the corporations of big pharma, alcohol, prisons (huge lobby groups!).
I worked as a RN for over two decades in locked Detox/Rehab and can say no one has died from pot overdose, it is safer than alcohol (I use neither). It has many medical uses and shows promise for some cancer treatments also. The biggest danger from marijuana might be THC; Trigger Happy Cop. I am not advocating for people to use drugs of any kind, but after 40 years and a trillion dollars just maybe we should rethink our war on drugs. Groups like “Students for Sensible Drug Policy”, “NORML Women’s Alliance”, “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition” and many conservative politicians are looking for ways to reduce the harm/costs caused by the war on drugs. I know if I lived in California I’d vote for the tax and regulate bill next November … sad part is our DEA is still doing raids in legal medical marijuana states, and the DEA is keeping American farmers from growing hemp, which could produce enough fuel on only 6% of US farm land to stop all oil imports and reduce corn/meat prices!