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  •  What it will say about this (6+ / 0-)
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    Mark27, jncca, MichaelNY, wadingo, Skaje, gabjoh

    Is that a regressive tax is still better than throwing people in jail for no good reason, especially when prosecution is most likely to target the least powerful in society while letting the powerful off the hook.

    •  In Principle I Completely Agree..... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....but given how easy marijuana is to grow and distribute, I think there will be a huge black market even if it's legalized, particularly since government will go so nuts raising taxes on the legal product that it will push much of the trade back underground.  The guy growing pot in his basement will still be able to get me a bag of weed cheaper than the overtaxed, chemical-saturated corporate product.  

      And considering the size of the under-the-radar tobacco black market and the number of people quietly being funneled into prisons as a direct consequence of artificially overpriced cigarettes, I expect we'll see the same thing with marijuana.  A black market that will be just as large as today's, with thousands upon thousands of prosecutions each year.  We may even see MORE people thrown into prison after marijuana is legalized....because postlegalization, anybody who dares to dabble in black market marijuana will now be a direct threat to Uncle Sam's sin tax empire.

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