After legalization, the powerful marijuana lobby would kill marijuana taxes. Just ask the San Diego City Council…

Would NORML fight for high taxes against the rest of the MJ lobby? Not very likely…

By Jim Gogek

Advocates for legal marijuana promise that we could tax the heck out of it to pay for any costs it might create, such as the costs of treating the increased number of people addicted to marijuana.

But something happened in San Diego that should make you wonder about such claims. The City of San Diego recently voted for minor regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries to limit them to commercial and industrial zones and keep them at least 600 feet from schools, playgrounds, libraries, child care facilities, parks and churches. Sounds reasonable, right?

Not to the pro-marijuana folks. They quickly got up 46,000 signatures to reverse the regulations and put them on the ballot instead. Citizens for Patient Rights, the Patient Care Association of California and the California Cannabis Coalition raised nearly $150,000 to hire a professional signature-gathering firm. But the City Council says it probably won’t spend the necessary $3 million for an election over these restrictions, not when the city is practically bankrupt. So instead, restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries will likely be rescinded.

Moneyed special interests always have their own way in California, and marijuana already is a moneyed special interest. It will become an extremely wealthy and powerful industry if marijuana is legalized. Marijuana taxes would be killed by the marijuana industry, just like alcohol and tobacco taxes have always been killed by the powerful alcohol and tobacco industries. Marijuana legalization advocates promise they will support high taxes on marijuana. But San Diego couldn’t even restrict pot dispensaries from opening up near schools without a deadly backlash from the marijuana lobby. What chance would marijuana taxes have?

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5 Responses to After legalization, the powerful marijuana lobby would kill marijuana taxes. Just ask the San Diego City Council…

  1. Just Me says:

    Does this surprise anyone? WAKE UP SD…take your city back! This is about making big money and nothing else!

  2. Scott says:

    You are right on the money. The idea medical marijuana regulation is a joke. We have 180 stores operating illegally now. Why would anyone think that they would comply with an ordinance or a tax. Criminal don’t look
    for ways to get in line with the law. They look for ways to get around them.

  3. Chuck says:

    I love these “anti-drug” phonies who protest businesses that sell marijuana, a much safer substance than alcohol, but are close-mouthed about alcohol being sold at convenience stores (right next to lollipops) all over their city. FACT #1 The politicians take big money from alcohol and you people will bite your tongue so you can continue getting “anti-drug” funding from these legislators. You know who your daddy is.

  4. William says:

    I personally fight the placement of alcohol near displays for minors. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Marijuana is dangerous over the long term, and when mixed with driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Amazing all the pro-pot people can’t see the forests for their “trees”.

    • Sean says:

      “I personally fight the placement of alcohol near displays for minors. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Marijuana is dangerous over the long term, and when mixed with driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. ”

      As conveniently omitted by Gogek, the article actually reads that marijuana stores are required by the city ordinance to be at least 600 ft from one another, unlike with beer and liquor stores. Seems like we aren’t just talking about placement near minors. The fact is that the City Council of San Diego has been trying to significantly reduce if not eliminate all pot stores. Marijuana is far less impairing than alcohol, the latter of which can kill you if you drink too much. People under the influence of marijuana are far less inclined to get behind the wheel than alcohol abusers with their reckless abandonment, so no they are not equally dangerous. When we have so many children violently abused today by alcoholic parents and marriages on the rocks (no pun intended) because of alcohol, I certainly don’t believe we should be driving more people in our society to drink.

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