July 21st, 2009
07:02 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tax Pot?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight, voters in Oakland, California could take the battle over medical marijuana to a new level. Should it be taxed at city dispensaries? That's the question on a mail-in ballot.

If "Measure F" is approved, Oakland would become the first city in the country to tax pot directly. The idea actually came from the dispensaries. They see the proposed 1.8% tax as a way to help Oakland with its more than $80 million cash shortage. But there's another reason they're backing the measure. We'll have the details on their agenda. And, would the city even get a big cash boost from the plan? We'll break down the numbers for you.

Not everyone likes the idea. "With the state in dire straights in finances and the country looking for ways to pay down debt, looking at illegal drugs is the absolute wrong thing to do," said Paul Chabot of Coalition for a Drug Free California

What do you think of "Measure F"? Should it pass or fail? Sound off below.

Also tonight, Pres. Obama's fight for health care reform. He's not backing down under GOP opposition. Today at the White House, Mr. Obama said Republicans "who openly announce their intentions to block this reform" would "rather score political points" than confront the ailing health care system. But, keep in mind, Democrats also can't seem to agree on your coverage. We'll have the raw politics.

And, we'll take you to Cambridge, Massachusetts where charges have been dropped against Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. Police have issued a statement calling his arrest - while breaking into his own home - regrettable. Was it racial profiling? We'll let you be the judge.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Dom

    I am a tax paying, hardworking, responsible, husband , and father of two great little boys and I smoke Canabis every once in a while. You would never look at me and say "that guy is a pot head" I do not even drink alcohol at all. I am a great role model for my boys and have a happy healthy marriage and give them a loveing home with a mom and dad that are involved in every aspect of their lives. Am I a criminal? Are you Mr Government and Big Tobbaco and Alcohol telling me I am a criminal and should use one of your products instead? NO WAY! Legalize it already...its time.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  2. Free USA

    I think they (federal government) should legalize pot in the USA. It is no worse than smoking cigarettes. Alcohol has a much worse dire effect on society than pot or cigarettes. I don't see how California can legally tax a product that is still illegal. Federal laws are above state and/or local laws. Is the US marshalls going to raid the state capitol in Sacramento or all the county seats in California for accepting this illegal money. They raid the dispensaries that sell or provide medical marijuana. So in my opinion it would not be justified to tax marijuana in Oakland, or any where in California unless the Federal laws are abolished. Then can you place a federal, state, and local tax on it. That would solve a lot of the money problems our governments face at all levels. You just have to keep the total cost (sell price plus taxes) below the black market cost. This would also free up some law enfocement officers to fight more serious crimes. In turn keep the unneeded court cases out of court. Then that would help overcrowding of the jails and prisons. Last but not least it would pretty much kill the pot cartels that cause most of the crimes.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:23 am |
  3. Cameron

    We spend entirely way to much money on incarceration for marijuana possesaion. We spend a minimum of $23,000 a year per inmate imagine all the money we would be saving on just the inmates alone. Our drug courts are wasting money on prosecuting these people. With all the money added up we spend over 20 billion dollars a year to implicate the laws of marijuana, this is money that we could be using to put towards our health care.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  4. steppenwolf10

    I thought California already taxed medical marijuana dispenseries, for example those in Mendicino County. Is this just Oakland specific, or a tax increase?

    July 22, 2009 at 12:21 am |
  5. jay

    Tax it. i will be relocating to cali to become a medical grower.Its a long time dream that looks to be comming true ! thank god.WAKE UP POLaTICIANS

    July 22, 2009 at 12:18 am |
  6. Christy

    Legalize pot!!! Why not? People are going to smoke it regardless, so why not tax it and solve alot of money problems? Not only would it bring in more money, it would save money on the stupid arrests over a joint. It would save local police departments from busting marijauna crops. It also is very good for pain managment and great for treating anxiety disorders. Those things alone require alot worse than a little pot to treat. Benzos and opiates have way worse consequenses than pot. They are poisen. Pot is natural. And it can be used for making clothing and paper and rope. It would save trees too.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:17 am |
  7. Brad

    The tribe of america has spoken. Legalize and tax Pot. It's the only solution out of this cesspool of debt we're in all over America.

    Besides, let's be real here, what are the effects from Marijuana?

    A) happiness/mellowness
    B) "munchies"/hungry

    Now tell me, where in those two answers do you see anything harmful?
    The reason for taxing pot is to enable it being sold in public, such as gas stations, grocery stores, whereever it can be sold at. Or , if it becomes fully legal, why not allow us to be able to grow it in our backyards or wherever we can grow it and have an unlimited quantity of it, and be able to make money selling it so we can improve our lives and pay off our own debts?
    I mean, hell, there's independent beer companies making money by producing their own brand of brews.... but we can't do that with marijuana? Thats very ass-backwards if you think about it.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  8. Scootsy

    Eeeeexactly – what everyone else said. Why not tax it?

    And for those who think that taxing legal weed won't bring in money, since people "can get illegal non-taxed pot" – I would ask: have you ever tried to buy weed on the street? Because obviously you haven't. While some of us may have a "dude-man" on low, everyone else is going through a friend of a friend. Paying an extra $5-10 for a sack is worth the consistency of bud and regularity of availability. Come on.

    Shouldn't you have to walk a mile in another man's moccasins before you start making up flawed logic?

    July 22, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  9. Mike A

    "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    Sadly, the door is locked to health care for the homeless, the tired and the poor, yet, the door remains open to them, to be a soldier in our senseless wars. The door is locked to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, unless they are willing to stay in their place picking vegetables or being a day laborer, they cannot be a Supreme Court Judge. The wretched refuse are not allowed, even shunned if they touch dry land. This country cannot afford them, unless they pick up the latest weaponry in our arsenal and fight for our right to keep us dependent on foreign oil.

    I lift my lamp beside a Pot Tax for California to pay debt & I ask, what is wrong with that? Give me back the lady out in the harbor, telling us YES WE CAN, way before our president would have thought to be a Black Man! Take back this nation being run by the rich. Let Cindy McCain have her diamonds and tailor made dresses, I am glad Sarah Palin didn't get to be our VP! So America changes and Pot is on the table for taxes. It's about time, yet I see the rich opposing this along with the people from from Utah pouring into California Mormon masses!

    July 22, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  10. Geoff

    The War on Drugs forces law enforcement officers to choose between upholding the law and saving their own lives. One Mexican police officer who did his job in the face of threats from Mexican organized crime was not only kidnapped and murdered, but all of his bones were broken while he was alive. The people who recovered his body reported that that moving it was like handling a bag of ice cubes.

    A police officer who upholds the law under these circumstances must do so knowing that his or her victory is only symbolic because his or her successors will not be so brave.

    This is a terrible cruelty to inflict on our best and bravest citizens–people that we count on to protect us with their lives, and who usually do so.

    Legalize and tax pot now. Send the money to our own government, not organized crime.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  11. Sam

    Katie, you posited that people wouldn't bother to buy legal, taxed pot if they can get illegal, non taxed pot.

    But the increase in cost as a result of taxation would apply after the price of marijuana will have decreased greatly as a result of legalization.

    A lot of what you're paying for in buying high priced illegal pot is the risks involved in trafficking the stuff. Anyone willing to sneak pot past the police and risk violent confrontation with a rival gang is going to want more money than can be obtained legally as an honest businessman. Legal pot won't carry such risks, and will likely be less expensive.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  12. Robert

    I'm all for the taxation of medical marijuana!!

    I support Measure F 100%!!

    Marijuana needs to be legal on a national level for medincinal users!!

    Once Measure F passes we will all take a look back and ask ourselves why are we still debating about this issue!!

    Legalization = No black market, a Job industry to help in this rough economic time, end of wasteful money spent on securing our borders from mexican drug cartels...

    It makes sense to me!! Thanks to everyone who is fighting for the truth about marijuana!!

    July 22, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  13. alex

    Barrack Obama, Michael Phelps, George Bush, Steve Jobs, all smoked marijuana.

    You cannot overdose on marijuana, like you can with alcohol. Cannabis is not physically addictive, and millions of American's smoke it on a regular basis even though it is illegal.

    It is easier now for young children to get marijuana then it is to get alcohol or cigarettes, because they are taxed and regulated. If marijuana were legal you would need an i.d. to be able to purchase it. It is estimated that the government would make billions of dollars annually off a tax and regulation system.

    America is ready for change. Currently 41% of America support legalization and that number is rising every day. I am happy that this is getting so much news coverage.

    God bless.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  14. Andy

    No dont tax it, I like my cheap Illegal weed. If it is made legal and the government taxes it, It will cost me more than it does already.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  15. Mark Cianfrani

    Marijuana causes schizophrenia. It is a dangerous substance

    July 22, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  16. Buzz

    Please go away, all you opportunists who want to tax MJ. If so, tax it the same as any other plant. It has been medicine in California for more than ten years, and, the last thing we need is the Government sticking their noses in it.

    If you must tax medicine, do so for all other medicine on an equal basis.

    Or, tax it like any other agricultural product, like a tomato for instance.

    Singling out one form of medicine while ignoring others is just plain stupid.

    Or, if your premise is that it should be taxed because some folks enjoy it, fine. But, folks enjoy sex too, why not tax that?


    Go away Clowns.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:06 am |
  17. Becky

    Didn't our government at one time become coerced by the so called temperance movement to ban alcohol, based on traits of this drug such as being a factor in domestic violence? Marijuana becoming legally taxable is still even far off from being such a concern as alcohol was during the prohibition years because it would be in such a controlled environment for medical use. Whether or not people agree with it, there has been real evidence that pot does have it's medical benefits. Why deprive patients of that? The government might just like the money they're getting back from this tax...

    July 22, 2009 at 12:06 am |
  18. bill

    Paul Chabot, newsflash here buddy. Alcohol, the 'legal' drug actually makes people become significantly more reckless and stupid than the 'illegal' drug, pot. It sounds ignorant for you to latch onto the term 'legal'. Do you have any idea what you're talking about? Stop being such a lemming and think for yourself. Not all laws make sense. If the law made any kind of sense and was actually for the protection of society, pot would be legal and alcohol would be illegal. It's amazing to me that this isn't the case...makes no sense...but it is amazing that people do things like watch the John and Kate show. I dunno, some things just don't add up, to me anyways.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:06 am |
  19. NSFWJonathan

    Sounds like the first level headed, practical decision made in awhile that's made the news.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:04 am |
  20. b

    The bottom line, this should be the first step in local and even state governments realizing the positive cost benefits from making pot legal and therefore taxing and regulating it the same way we do for alcohol and tobacco. We must learn from our own history; Prohibition simply did not work, and this "war on pot" isn't either.
    The pot smoking industry has grown large enough in size that it can easily become a financially lucrative vice industry, that not only would help boost the overall economy, but more importantly give states a much needed viable source of tax revenues that could help to meet serious budget gaps. We can spend all day talking about the health, crime reduction, police time saving, prison cost reducing benefits of making pot legal.
    But the time is now to push for an Economic Legalization Realization if you will. We need to let our elected officials at all levels know we want pot legal so that all can benefit financially.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:04 am |
  21. Patrick Cheeba

    Katie wrote: Why would they buy legal taxed pot when they can get illegal non-taxed pot?

    Because they can get it safely without dealing with criminals? I would certainly buy legal taxed pot over trying to find a fair \dealer (a fair criminal, lol)

    Why do people buy legal, taxed alcohol when they can get illegal, non-taxed moonshine?

    Think, Katie. Think. (and that's coming from a pothead)

    July 22, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  22. John

    I think it's time to recognize that the criminal penalties for marijuana far outweigh the social costs of prohibition.

    I don't understand why the politicans can't see that there has been a sea change in US public opinion toward marijuana. It's very obvious if you read the history that marijuana was made illegal so the Bureau of Prohibition in the 1930's, which is now the DEA, could justify its continued existence at the end of alcohol prohibition.

    Reefer madness arguments don't work in the Internet age; the public is too well informed. The science isn't there to support prohibition. Legalize it and tax it just like alcohol and cigarettes.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  23. Sue

    I think that MEDICAL marijuana should have the same tax requirements as other prescription drugs,

    July 22, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  24. Joe the Citizen

    They might as well tax it, last I checked California was having to issue IOUs. That's pretty sad and makes the rest of us throughout America fairly scared of what the future will look like. If the state can pull in some extra dough off a relatively harmless substance, then that is one less tax they have to impose on nessecary things like houses, food, and fuel.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  25. Frank

    There's so many fallacies in these comments on both sides of the marijuana issue. I think I read someone say pot isn't a drug it is a plant, while it is actually both–it's active ingredient is THC which is just as much a drug as sugar, cocaine, or chocolate.

    The whole mess is ridiculous. The "war" on drugs is absurd, it has always been absurd, it was built on absurdity and corruption of power. There is no way the US, federally, will lay down and admit defeat, it just will not happen. It's all political, it's all nonsensical.

    The biggest problem in legalizing, industrializing, and taxing drugs and being able to buy a pack of marijuana cigarettes or a bottle of MDMA, is not that there would be more drug addicts per se, but that America's drug abusers' polydrug use would blow wide open.

    I myself am battling an ongoing drug abuse problem and I can tell you that while my "weekend warrior" behavior and everyday use of marijuana takes its toll as it is, it would almost certainly be easier for me to lose total control if illicit drug were to be made legal.

    What, ethically, is right? Do we ban drugs that people use to get high and spend billions of dollars (and in turn lose billions to be made) on a war that can't be won as long as humans are humans just to keep an honest man honest? (Not that this is what the motives of the drug war are). Do we ban McDonald's and send the fat people to jail and detain Twinkie smugglers at the border?

    One thing is for certain, Obama (a "progressive") doesn't even want to hear about it. Who could blame him? What administration would actually consider weathering the vehement reaction of the significant portion of the nation that would invariably be closed off to negotiations.

    Animals' relationship with psychoactive substances is extremely complex on its own physically and psychologically, let alone when you throw politics and morality into the mix.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  26. Marlene

    I was disappointed to see tonight on your poll of Obama and past President's that you did not have George W. Bush on the chart. In comparison to Obama at this time in his Presidency, G.W.'s approval rate was still very high. Then he dropped down to 57% I believe. The first few months of his Presidency he was at a mid 70's approval rate. You only mentioned him at the very end of the piece for about 5 seconds, after everyone else, and that was it! I think that is very interesting since you are supposed to be comparing this Administration to the previous ones, and everyone looks in particular at the last President. That was the idea, wasn't it, unless you don't want to admit that the current Administration is a little behind right now. That's the only conclusion I can come up with, since he was obviously left off of the chart ! Thanks – I really enjoy Anderson Cooper's show. He keeps everything unbiased.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  27. Taylor

    The legalization of Marijuana is something that not only should be done, it NEEDS to be done! Our country is so far in debt it's ridiculous. People are depressed, and times are rougher than ever. Of course people have increased their bad habits like drinking and smoking, and smoking marijuana has even become more common as a way to ease the mind after a day full of bills and bank statements. Legalizing would lift the mood of the country, increase creative thinking, and boost revenues all around the country. People already spend billions of dollars worldwide on this natural substance every year, so why don't governments learn that if they just decriminalize it they can make profit and please a large percentage of their citizens. It's about time this is done, because our country is struggling so much that they almost have no other option!

    July 21, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  28. Todd

    Legalizing pot in America and taxing it is a no brainer. All studies done on marijuana usage in Amsterdam have found that a smaller percentage of the population uses pot there than in America where it's legal. The taxes collected on it could make a dent in the deficit and the health care shortfall. And, according to this unscientific comment section, 100% of the replies are for taxing it and ending the prohibition. Like I said, a no brainer...

    July 21, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  29. Valerie

    Do the math people. It's not that difficult. Legalize pot, tax it, get rid of the majority of drug cartels in Mexico that are a major national threat. (There will still be cocaine but we let's deal with one thing at a time)

    Also, while you are at it, do the math on fining all illegals $20k over 20 years to get citizenship and get them on the books as taxpaying citizens. They are a valuable part of the country yet they are a drain on our health care and education system because they are not contributing taxes like the rest of us are. Do not let them off for being here illegally. Have them pay a large fine over time out of their paychecks just like we have SS taken out of our paychecks every week. Better yet, have them serve in the military for 5 years. There is absolutely NO possible way to force them to leave so we might as well make the best of it.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  30. Job

    I've voted Republican for the past decade and a half and consider myself a conservative person. I only say that to put some context to my opinion on the issue which is that pot should be legal.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  31. Mickey

    It's a simple choice.... Channel the marijuana industry into our economy, or continue to allow it to displace currency from our social commerce into the Black Market.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  32. Ms. Abby Singleton

    I don't see the problem!!! Besides if they would make Marijuana legal,they should put together a few guidelines..and if you don't follow the rules you can loose your rights! Plus, it's a win win situation, they gov't can make a lot of money, and then we should never have to borrow from anyone again!! Yes.. It's definately a product most of the world would use!! Lol

    July 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  33. jeff

    Marijuana should be legalized, and taxed nation wide. It would ease the burden on the legal system, and increase revenue for more important things like education and health care.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  34. Ryan in Ga

    legalize it! stop waisting money. start making money. stop arresting our own children. its a plant.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  35. Ourelian J. Haley,AAS

    I think that making pot legal,will take our country out of deficite.
    If our Government siezes the moment we could pay for health care in the first hour of sales.
    Majauana sales could help us with our financial woes.

    I think that the argument to the left will refute this. My hope is that we move forward.
    Let's face it has any one overdosed on pot.
    We need to give it up and work for our nation.By making Pot legal we can benifit as a whole.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  36. Bob

    If any of you think this will cause more people to smoke pot you are likely wrong...pot is easy to obtain. Seems to bring about less health risks then cigarettes or alcohol. Causes hundreds of murders in Mexico every year by the drug cartels. We spend millions unsuccessfully trying to keep it from being smuggled into the USA. Every comment I've read about this story is pro-legalization. C'mon people, this seems so very simple. It should be legalized and taxed. I don't like the feeling of being "high" so I likely won't be buying any, but this makes sense on so many levels. My worries are just a few: 1. Is there evidence that pot is a "gateway" drug? 2. Does smoking pot cause cancer like cigarettes? I guess I've read so many positive stories about legalizing pot and growing hemp...I'd really like to hear from the "other side" on this issue.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  37. Sam G,

    Pot should be legal because wont beable to stop the sale of so tax it

    July 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  38. L S person

    I say tax it! We could cure several problems here. First, let farmers grow it, that will help the farmers here in the U.S.A. Second it will slow down the illegal drug traffic coming in from Mexico so you would need less drug agents (turn them in to tax collectors). Third the states could have a new source of revenue and extra money to open free clinics for people to get off of drugs. I don't do drugs personally but I know people are going to do them legal or not. So we might as well face the truth here that the war on drugs is a complete failure so lets try somthing different and put the drug lords out of business. JMHO!

    July 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  39. Henry in WV

    Dude,This is the smartest thing Californians have come up with in years.Taxing pot essentially makes it legal.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  40. Ryan

    Pot is NOT good for you. Smoking pot, like cigarettes is a drug that affects the body, even though it isn't as harmful as cigarette smoking.

    That being said, it should be legal. People are adults and know the risk of smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and eating bad food. Let people do what they want.

    Also if it is legal it can be regulated like booze is. Law can be passed to keep it away from children, and addicts can be helped.

    People should be allowed to get high if they want to. This is America! How many of the founding fathers were buzzed on whiskey and beer when signing the declaration of independence?

    July 21, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  41. Todd

    geez everyone should see the picture by now that this prohibition is costing ridiculous amounts of money in lost revenues not to mention clogging the criminal justice system. Legalize it already, (which would also bring the price down), and then tax it like alcohol. Then maybe we can pay for some of these programs that are putting us in debt and driving property taxes through the roof.
    How long is it going to take for legislators to get this?

    July 21, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  42. matt

    Good Idea!

    July 21, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  43. barbara williams

    Hello Cnn..

    Usually your pretty good about giving the facts but today. I had to change the channel. Some people around in this Great America, have been very impatient and the News media are the worst culprits. The 1st 4 years of the Bush adminstration, no one could comment on how bad Bush was running the country. His 2nd term was even worse. The media is trying to poison most of the people's minds with there negative news. Lets focus more on what is being done,are banks and other companies helping out. Jobs are they being found. those kinda of things. Not this constant badgering that we have heard day and day out.. since January.. Get a new concept.. have another angle. Not the same one as everyone else.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  44. Alex

    So Paul Chabot, you're saying we should keep an illegal drug like Marijuana illegal, just because it's illegal? That's quite the logic being used there. Just because it's illegal it must be work of the devil right? Pot was made illegal long ago because it was believed to have no medical use and is very addicting, but that's obviously not the case anymore with medical marijuana dispensaries popping up all over California to serve the sick. And as for addiction, it's a walk in the park to get over compared with alcohol or tobacco.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  45. Kevin

    Does anyone see the irony in pulling up CNN.com, and seeing two headlines, one after the other:

    "U.S. targets Taliban drug ties, bombs poppy crop"

    followed by

    "AC360° Evening Buzz: Tax pot?"

    No wonder foreign opinion of the US is at an all time low...

    July 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  46. Jeff, Durham NC

    I'm one of the few who support legalizing marijuana but don't smoke the stuff myself. It should be taxed with a sales tax just like everything else. The irony (and solution) is that if California starts taxing marijuana, it will be addicted to the income, and like all government programs they will expand it to bring in more income, which means taxing recreational use!

    July 21, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  47. Grant

    I agree with Shawn. A main reason pot is illegali is due to the pharm industry but it's not the only reason. Alcohol and Tobacco companies do not want to see it legalized and neither do petro-chemical or textile companies, in fact hemp was made illegal the same year nylon was invented. Anyone with a highschool diploma can see why. Hemp makes a far superior fiber to cotton, with no need for pesticides.

    The seed of the plant has a perfect blend of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, is high in fiber, has no cholesterol, no gluten, is high in vitamins and minerals such as iron and has all nine essential amino acids necessary for human life.

    Hemps other uses go on and on.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  48. Matt Klyce

    So i can drink liquor which kills 100,000 people a year in alcohol related health issues and DUI fatalities.

    I can smoke cigarettes which kills 440,000 people a year in smoking related health issues including cancer.

    I can lay out in the sun where 1,000,000 people a year develop some form of skin cancer, of which 1,000 will die

    I can buy prescription drugs over the internet and have them delivered to my house

    But I can't smoke pot and watch a movie because the second hand smoke may cause health related issues for people in the community??

    Maybe the government doesn't want to legalized pot because they can't control who grows it and therefore will never have a monopoly on this particular drug trade like they do the other 3. If you want to sell drugs in America ( prescription, alcohol, tobacco ) the Government wants it cut. With pot, they won't get a big enough cut so they don't want to play ball.
    1.8 billion in taxes revenue sounds like a lot, but if every one who bought pot had to do so at a corner store, like they do with beer, that figure would be closer to 6 billion.


    July 21, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  49. Rick

    Legalize Pot, Tax it, It will never happen because it makes to much sense. When has the US government done anything that made sense.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  50. Chris

    Sure why not. It'll serve as a testing ground for legalizing, and taxing all pot.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
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