CA Governor Schwarzenegger Looks to Illegal Drugs for Tax Revenue

Discussion in 'Economics' started by ByLoSellHi, May 7, 2009.

  1. Wow, California is so much in debt, only the currently illegal narcotics trade is its last chance at a semblance of balancing its budget - how sad when government bureaucracy kills the taxpayer and private enterprise.

    CA Governor Schwarzenegger Looks to Illegal Drugs for Tax Revenue
    May 07, 2009 by Sylvia Cochran

    Call it Grass, Weed, Pot, Mary Jane, Dope, or Bud; It's a Leaf and Looks Good to the Governator for Revenue Generation.

    The California budget crisis continues on without abatement and illegal drugs are now in the crosshairs of cash strapped legislators. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would look at marijuana legislation as a potential means for tax revenue. Is this a shortsighted move?

    When Michael Phelps took a bong hit, the picture led to unsuccessful press negotiations, an apology, sanctions, and a loss of endorsements. In contrast, when San Francisco Democrat Tom Ammiano drafted a California marijuana bill, he was hailed as a visionary who might be able to use illegal drugs and put up to $50 per ounce of marijuana into the state's coffers.

    Even President Obama weighed in on legalization of illegal drugs - specifically the legalization of marijuana - and the Obama marijuana position is a resounding "no" to making this illegal drug legal. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is not yet on the illegal drugs legalization bandwagon, but, according to the Christian Science Monitor, he is making overtures that he is ready to listen and discuss the legalization and taxation of marijuana.

    Illegal Drugs Status of Marijuana

    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as a schedule one illegal drug, asserting that it possessed a heightened possibility of abuse.

    Will Legalization of Illegal Drugs Show California the Money?

    It may not be the solution to California's budget woes, but it would be more than a drop in the bucket. Estimates suggest that the legalization of marijuana and its taxation could add up to $1.3 billion to the state's strapped budget.

    The law of unintended consequences also applies when it comes to illegal drugs and their legalization. For example, if marijuana were made legal in California, sellers and users would no longer be subject to prosecution (at taxpayer cost) and incarceration (also at taxpayer expense); moreover, the tax revenue generated by marijuana sellers and users as they pursue their regular FICA generating jobs remains preserved.

    On the flipside, a new government agency or at least office dedicated to overseeing the sale and taxation of marijuana would have to be created. Children would have to be protected from (for them) illegal drugs that would then be so much easier to obtain. Could it be that the California governmental structure might just eat up whatever profits the legalization and taxation of marijuana would yield?

    Moreover, the fact that smoking pot and smoking tobacco lead to health problems is undisputed. Will California simply shoot itself in the foot by legalizing marijuana and reaping tax benefits on the front end, while paying out health related costs on the back end?
  2. come on, let not be hypocritical here, whoever want to smoke is smoking already, there a marijuana shop on Venice beach sidewalk where I play b ball on weekends, there medical marijuana kiosks (with a ban on opening new ones).

    After all why tobacco and alcohol are legal and marijuana not?

    As far as I see Arnold slams down local WASPS with his European no nonsense attitude!

    I wish they allow topless beaches and not fine girls for wearing G-string bathing suits here in CA.. Whats up with that anyways? Its ok to have 14 porn channels on cable, and its ok to show real time people being killed but bare breasts and marijuana will be bad for everyone? Give me a break!
  3. CET


    Legalize it and tax the hell out of it.
  4. it would be very interesting to see HOW/IF crime changed, after the fact.
  5. Undisputed? Really? Why not criminalize obesity and fast food? Save billions and billions with health care costs that way.

    Even though I don't care for the drug's effects, legalization sounds like a good idea to me, but I don't know how the state plans to bypass federal law. The last time I checked, the federal government can prosecute medical marijuana users if it chooses to do so. How will the feds react to an entire state buying and selling marijuana?

    By the way, marijuana is not a narcotic.
  6. bit


    Perhaps the feds can turn Cali into a prison - close borders and send all offenders from other states there.

  7. Why not?

    They do it in Holland.

  8. I personally think this is a great idea. Marijuana is better for you than tobacco and alchohol in my opinion. And California would greatly benefit from the increased tax revenues which would be substantial.
  9. Bylo is feeling discredited and unloved therefore he's lashing out with a flurry of cut and paste, which as usual, is mostly nonsense.

  10. Why not?

    #10     May 7, 2009