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4 responses to “The Case For Taxing, Regulating Marijuana”

  1. Samuel Bell


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  2. DogDiesel

    Michelle McKenzie, a public health researcher and spokesperson for the Rhode Island-based Coalition for Marijuana Regulation said that research shows that over 20 years of regulation and education have reduced teen cigarette use by 50%”

    The problem with using this as support is that the reduction of cigarette smoking is leveraged by the health hazards. Where’s your leverage to reduce teen pot smoking?

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  3. runttt

     You have to be kidding. Taxation and Regulation. Did you even review, what the Code of Federal Regulations, has for Marijuana. It classified the same as Heroin and Morphine. So, sure Tax the stuff. But, are you going to be able to Regulate it.

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  4. jgardner

    The issue I have with this type of argument is that it’s completely disconnected from reality. If I can grow marijuana in my basement then you can’t possibly hope to control it’s production or sale. Placing an excise tax on its sale, like what exists with tobacco, will only fuel an underground market for the growth and sale of marijuana, much like what exists now in its prohibition.

    Why does the Dept of Business regulation even have to get involved? Sellers are all of a sudden going to start screwing their customers once marijuana becomes legal? Not likely. Such a scenario is far more likely to occur when a good is illegal since there are no legal means of recourse. You bought crappy pot? Who are you going to tell?

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