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by Peter Moskos

April 5, 2008

California taxes drugs

Richard Gonzales of National Public Radio report that California is pulling in $100 million a year in taxes from medical marijuana. This is a federal crime.

The main opposition to medical marijuana comes from Big Government Conservatives. Big Government Prohibitionists would be a better label. They have a moral agenda and are only conservative (states' rights be damned) in the sense that they hate liberals.

I'm torn on medical marijuana. I'm for it. To me it is a no-brainer. But I'm worried that the fight for medical marijuana distracts from the real problem of unregulated drug selling in general. If stoners ever do get legal marijuana, God only knows they'll be far too stoned to help support the cause of regulating other drugs.

Still, it's a step in the right direction. And a steady flow of tax dollar will undoubtedly convince some otherwise neutral people that regulation and taxation makes sense.

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