October 19, 2009

It’s High Time!

I’ll muster one and half cheers for Eric Holder’s decision not to prosecute cannabis users who obey state “medical marijuana” laws. The good news is that we might be one step closer to legalizing a substance that has definite healing and pain-relieving properties and as recreational drug is more benign than booze. The bad news is that if legalization takes place, the federal government will tax marijuana till the seeds squeak, as Dan Flynn argued at Takimag a little while back. 

A bud bureaucracy, dubbed the Cannabis Control Authority, would act as a quasi-judiciary/legislature/executive on all matters marijuana. Seven gubernatorial appointees, serving for seven-year terms at salaries 20 percent of the governor

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