AndyK wrote:1 -- Legalize MJ at the federal level
2 -- Tax it at the same level as tobacco
1 -- cut off 50% of drug trade
2 -- Make a giant step towards a balanced budget
The problem with #2, or one problem anyway, is that I can grow some pretty good pot all by myself in the privacy of my back garden, or indeed my basement, which effectively makes it immune to taxation. This is something I've long said to the "tax it and balance the budget" crowd.
And the problem that follows from this is several layers of interested parties are no longer interested because the interest in the whole thing for most of them is what percentage of the cut they're going to get, a cut that is nil when I'm growing my own in the laundry room hydroponic farm.
On Tuesday, Ohio is voting on 2 separate issues that relate to legalizing it. The first is a straight up, legalize it vote with a twist, in that it grants 10 franchises for the exclusive growing rights in the state (to parties already established who, for reasons unknown
are sponsoring the amendment)
The second is a different kind of animal, a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would void any other amendment, including the one mentioned above, that establishes any state sanctioned franchise rights that are proposed for the ballot by anyone who will benefit from it passing.
I'm sorry, the two amendments above are Issues 2 and 3, but I discussed them out of order. The "no amendments that promise to make named persons a monopoly" is Issue 2, and the "legalize pot and make it so only these ten people/corporations can legally grow and sell it" is Issue 3. To get a legal bong, we must vote NO on 2 and YES on 3, which, Ohio voters being only slightly smarter than Palm Beach County Florida voters, will likely screw up unintentionally.
And still, neither issue addresses the very simple fact that part of the Ohio Constitution cannot just say "we'd rather not" to the Federal government.
I'm further kerfluffled by the advertising campaign the "Pro-Pot 10" are running against Issue 2.
The commercials they run do not mention, even in passing, marijuana. The talk about "greedy corporate interests attempting to take away our right to vote on future issues. Issues that could potentially include voting to reduce your taxes" which is true, it could also include issues to declare "Sympathy For the Devil" the official state song (because doing so would give Mssrs Jagger and RIchards royalties on it being played at state functions) which is misleading at the very least and, well, from here in the Bunker a flat out lie....
ANd here I have to stop again, but I really thought we had fought a war that settled this issue once before. I'm certain that a lot of the old hardware around my other home had something to do with the whole "state's rights" thing.