TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The job description requests an unlikely mix of skills: five years of regulatory experience, with a law degree preferred, and extensive knowledge of all things marijuana.
But that didn’t stop dozens of people from turning out Wednesday — in flannel and suits, ponytails and hemp necklaces — to find out more about becoming Washington state’s official marijuana consultant.
America’s Funniest home Videos should be taping those interviews.
I would imagine the easiest way to do this is to simply allow liquor stores to sell marijuana.
They are licensed, accustomed to checking IDs, etc.
It’s about time to end this foolish prohibition.
Less money for the drug lords.
Right, Charlie, because the drug lords would simply acquiesce to the regulation of weed, coke, and heroin by the U.S. government. They would be willing participants in paying their taxes and ensuring their product met federal standards. /sarcasm
Actually they’d just be out-competed on the pot market because any idiot can grow pot.
I’d agree the drug lords would be knocked out by market forces.
The competitive price would come down so much that the trade of pot from drug lords would take most of the existing profit out of the equation for them.
Local producers can probably do it more efficiently.
Greencarmen way to completely miss the point. If people could grow their own or buy marijuana at local shops of course that takes money out of the drug cartels hands. Not too difficult to understand.
the drug lords would simply acquiesce
It worked for alcohol. Very few drive by shootings over Jack Daniels.
any idiot can grow pot.
Any idiot can run a still.
If citizens in a state vote on the matter, then it’s there call to make. Majority rules. Toke up!
But, let’s go for broke. Let’s have Congress legalize pot -and- all hard drugs. Why the hell not? Besides, Charlie, your comparison of prohibition of yesterday to legalizing drugs today fails to take into consideration the complex, international, operational apparatus of the cartels. I do not believe the drug lords will go “legitimate”, i.e. work to abide by government regulations. Nay, their history suggests they will work to shut down any and all competitors who must comply with federal or state drug laws. We are talking about opening up a can of worms.
rdub—“If people could grow their own or buy marijuana at local shops of course that takes money out of the drug cartels hands.”
And the drug cartels will sit idly by if pot is legal everywhere in the U.S.? You don’t think they will want to get in on the action and avoid paying taxes or following regulations (i.e. good weed versus bad weed, although some would argue it doesn’t matter as long as its weed).
Again, if the people of a states say yes through a referendum regarding the legalizing of pot, then fine. I don’t agree, but that is why we have representative government. Do you agree, Mr. Schuenemann?
I don’t have a problem with electorate voting it in as legal…I think it should have a healthy tax.
It would be great if the pot tax could wipe out the income tax or state sales tax.
I think it should have a healthy tax.
I think it should be commensurate with a tax on soft serve and high capacity sodas?
You on board with that Kev?
It depends, would we wipe out other taxes as a tradeoff?
Or would this be just a typical socialist coveting government power grab?
I always new Kevin was a big-government, pro-tax kinda guy
I don’t know where you get “pro-tax” out of that.
If we replace burdensome taxes like income, and sales tax, which offer little choice to citizens to avoid, in favor of a pot tax…a tax which could be avoided, by not smoking it, I think that is a good trade.
I’d be against any tax increase on anything, unless we get rid of bigger, more intrusive taxes elsewhere.
I think increasing the choice of the citizen and their ability ability to avoid taxes is a good thing. Abolishing the income tax in favor of a pot tax would be a great choice in my view.
It would be a tax I would never have to pay. Pot smokers can enjoy their vice while paying taxes income taxpayers would have paid.
I think it should have a healthy tax.
Duh. That’s why your pro tax. That statement is independent of your “it’d be great if” the new tax could wipe out the old tax. Spin it all you want, you want the gov’t to create a new tax on weed. Sure, you’d be happy if it replaced a different tax. You’d also probably be happy if unicorns existed. But, regardless of whether it wiped out another tax, you want weed taxed. Such a big government, pro tax position.
But I also made it contingent that we abolish other, more onerous taxes.
Not just lumbering forward of extracting more money in covetous, liberal-like, fashion.
Their is a difference in morality in wanting a new sin tax to abolish income and/or sales tax, vs. just wanting a new tax.
Huh, if there were a healthy enough tax the drug lords would still have play on selling untaxed weed. Kind of defeats that ‘hurt the drug lord’ slogan in my book.