Legalizing Marijuana for Tax Revenue
Posted in the Bellingham Forum
#1 Mar 22, 2012
State: Legalizing pot could raise $560M in taxes
Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/03/22/24...
This is what I think is a bad idea; marijuana as a capitalist commodity.
Noam Chomsky (in a footnote to his 'Understanding Power') explains the U.S. has an abysmal tax and transfer system in reducing poverty.
And in comparison to other industrialized countries, the U.S. has the most homelessness. Why then legalize a harmful psychotropic drug under the guise of needed tax revenue? We don't need more tax revenue--what we need is better government (see all those countries listed above us in Noam Chomsky's analysis for illustration). A 3-5 year wait for housing in communities as wealthy as Bellingham? 10-15 year waiting lists in major U.S. cities? That is deliberate denial of housing that tax money should be used for instead of new NASA space launchings, etc.
No, what will happen is we will not only continue this social Darwinist system, we'll increase mental illness amongst the general populace thereby disqualifying more and more people from serving their country (unless and until the U.S. Air Force is forced to lower its standards and accept those with a history of marijuana use).
Granted, the U.S. has the highest incarceration arte on the planet. But legalizing/taxing marijuana is not the answer, it's simply a ruse that will not improve the system.
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