Wednesday, October 05, 2011

It's The Money, Stupid.

The moral I got from watching Part 3 of "Prohibition" a movie by Ken Burns, is that when the influence of the moralists wanes and the government needs money it will scrap prohibition in favor of commerce. Especially if the bodies are piling up in America. Mexican bodies? Not Our Problem.

Where are we with drug prohibition:


Pretty far along. And that doesn't even count the 70% to 80% that support medical marijuana.

So what about the money? The direct costs run about $25 bn a year Federal. And about $45 bn a year State and local. And then there are taxes to be collected.
A San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana dispensary that promotes itself as the world's largest has been hit with a $2.4 million tax bill following an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, the dispensary founder said Tuesday.

The back taxes, penalties and interest levied against Harborside Health Center came after the IRS examined its returns for 2007 and 2008 and determined a 1982 tax code prohibiting cost deductions for businesses that traffic in illegal drugs applies to the dispensary.
Hmmmmmm. If this puts them out of business there will be no future revenue. No sales and other taxes for the locals. No more income taxes for the Fererales from the business and its workers. Are our politicians really that stupid? No need to answer that. It was a rhetorical question.

H/T Drug Policy Forum of Texas

Cross Posted at Classical Values

1 comment:

CRIS ERICSON 2012 POLITICAL CANDIDATE said...

WHITE HOUSE VIOLATES FREEDOM OF SPEECH OF PRO-MARIJUANA PETITIONERS
________________________________
WHITE HOUSE IS VIOLATING FREEDOM
OF SPEECH OF U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY
BECAUSE
The new petition to ad an Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution to End Prohibition
of Marijuana, marihuana, cannabis and hemp
HAS THE
SAME ADDRESS, CAUSING CONFUSION,
AS
ANOTHER PETITION
asking for an explanation of how the President
is not a hypocrite for putting people in jail
for minor possession of marijuana!

http://wh.gov/gp1 President is a hypocrite

http://wh.gov/gP1 END PROHIBITION OF MARIJUANA

SAME ADDRESS,
ONLY CASE SENSITIVE
so that if you type a capitol P
you get to the End Prohibition of Marijuana petition.

The President is a hypocrite petition only
has 4 signatures today http://wh.gov/gp1

I want you to know that I did call the White House
to try to correct this problem and they were of no help.

They like it especially well if you leave a tape recording
where no one will ever respond to it.

They also like you to fill out an online form that
no one will ever respond to because they receive
10,000 online forms a day.

I tried the First Lady's office,
hoping she would be more receptive
(202)456-7064 but her secretary was not
interested or helpful.

I tried the Public Liaison number and it
was busy at (202)456-2380.

I tried the White House Counsel because
I was going to tell them my freedom of
speech is somehow violated by the
same link going to two different
petitions depending on one case sensitive
character in the link. (202456-2632
Their mail box was full. I couldn't leave a
message.

I tried calling the Public Affairs office
of the National Drug Control Policy
and got God Only Knows Who's
mailbox at (202)395-6627 and I
did leave a message.

Please, this link is case sensitive,
the P must be a capitol P.
http://wh.gov/gP1
Please sign the Petition to
Demand an Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution to End Prohibition
of Marijuana, marihuana, cannabis and hemp!

http://wh.gov/gP1

Yesterday I called the Offices of
20 U.S. Congresmen and U.S. Congresswomen.
The person who answered the telephone at each
office agreed to type in the link I gave them.
I told them to type in capitol P.
They typed the link and half of them
said it went to a petition
to explain how the President is not a
hypocrite for putting people in ajil for
minor possession of marijuana.
I asked them to try again, and again
I told them it is case sensitive
and they have to type in capitol P.
Over and over again until they
got it right, and finally went to http://wh.gov/gP1
instead of http://wh.gov/gp1

HALF OF THE STAFF PEOPLE FOR
UNITED STATES CONGRESSMEN AND
U.S. CONGRESSWOMEN THAT I CALLED
COULD NOT GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

ISN'T THIS A VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF
SPEECH,
TO GIVE THE SAME LINK
WITH ONLY ONE CASE SENSITIVE
LETTER DIFFERENCE
TO TWO DIFFERENT PETITIONS!
http://wh.gov/gp1
http://wh.gov/gP1

The petition has a time limit,
the petition has to have 5,000 signatures
by Oct. 23, 2011 or the White House
won't respond to it!

Please sign the Petition to Demand
an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
to End Prohibition of Marijuana, marihuana,
cannabis and hemp today!
http://wh.gov/gP1

Thank you!

USMJP
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usmjp@yahoo.com
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