Archived: EDITORIAL: Marijuana Industry Is Not Going Away, So It Should be Taxed


What is the federal government trying to tell California’s Medical Marijuana Industry with their recent raids in Northern California?

Yes, the growing of pot has indeed become big business in the Golden State, though not a windfall for state coffers.

On Tuesday, the DEA, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Internal Revenue Service, IRS conducted a raid on the nation’s first trade school dedicated to the growing of pot and a nearby medical marijuana dispensary. It is a big blow to those who have been advocating and working to formalize the practice of cultivating and distributing marijuana for medical and other uses.

The raids were directed at one of the most outspoken and provocative advocates for the cause, Richard Lee. It was most certainly an attempt to do damage to the marijuana industry by taking on one of its most visible players.

By sending both the DEA and the IRS to raid Lee’s popular dispensary and his Oakserdam University, we believe the federal government is showing how conflicted it is over the sale of marijuana.

On the one hand, it is “morally” opposed to the production and sale of pot. On the other, it is distresses that it is likely losing out in millions of dollars in potential tax revenue from those same sales.

Try as some may in government to pose the sale of pot as a solely moral issue, in reality it is also an economic issue that must be addressed.

California has already approved the use of marijuana for medical use. It has for the most part decriminalized possession of small amounts for personal use. The marijuana industry is not going away.

In our view, it’s time to tax marijuana production and sales.

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  1. Malcolm Kyle on

    An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high – no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, at least half of them would soon become dealers themselves. Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

    Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud & free nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

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