Just Like We Called It: Black Market Weed Dealers Will Still Make Bank Because The Government Wants To Tax Legalized Weed 28% And Add Crazy Regulations
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Last October we warned potheads to vote No on Question 4, because the last thing any real pothead wants to see is the legalization of marijuana. We pointed out that when this is your campaign slogan:
You should never vote for it. Tax and regulate – nothing good comes out of either one of those words. The idea that taxation is a good thing when you’re living in a state like Massachusetts is clinically insane. We are talking about voluntarily handing over money to a body of people who just voted overwhelmingly to give themselves a 40% raise. This includes people like Representative Dylan Fernandez, who had been in office for all of one month when he voted for the bill. And when they’re not giving each other raises they are allocating funding for fraudulent non-profits that rip off the taxpayers, more food stamps for ratchets who sell them on Facebook, and looking to see which highways they can add more tolls to.
And we were 1,000% right:
Source: Less than a year after Massachusetts voters approved legalizing marijuana and taxing it at a rate of 12 percent, lawmakers already seek a larger take of the dealer’s cut. In shifting marijuana from decriminalized to legal status, voters permitted a maximum tax of 12 percent on sales of the sweet leaf. Seven months later, the state legislature seeks to grab more of pot profits by permitting taxes as high as 28 percent. Apart from raising taxes, the 48-page omnibus bill currently before the Great and General Court seeks to expand a cannabis board to five members, prohibit localities from enforcing laws against the transportation or delivery of pot, maintain a database on people using medical marijuana. The more than 54 percent who voted to legalize marijuana in November’s election authorized a tax of no more than 12 percent. The 28 percent tax represents a 133 percent increase over the initial rate. Legislators seek to hold a vote on Thursday.
Pigs at the trough ladies and gentlemen. This is how they do. You voted for a law and compelled them to enact it. They have not done so yet because they haven’t figured out how to steal enough money out of it. You compelled them to enact a 12% tax. They said they were taking 28%, because they have to figure out a way to make up for all that money they just spent giving themselves a raise.
You voted for a simple bill that took up half a column on your ballot in November. They’ve turned that into a 48 page omnibus bill.
They’re creating a five member “cannabis board” that will likely be comprised of well connected hacks who lost their jobs when we shut down the Mass Pike toll booths, who will of course paid handsomely off of tax revenue, and will regulate exactly how much THC can be in this legal product.
Oh, and they want to create a “database” for people using medical marijuana. And we know from history that when the government starts compiling lists of people, nothing good comes of that. The only reason they’re putting you on a list is so that they can have a reason to deny you from getting a LTC. So they’re “giving” you one right, and taking away another without telling you.
And advertising marijuana if you’re selling it? You can forget about that too:
Advertising practices by the marijuana industry would be severely limited under the proposed law. Radio, TV, billboard, print and internet advertising would be prohibited, unless at least 71.6 percent of the audience is over 21. Ads cannot be targeted to anyone under 21, nor can they depict anyone less than 21. Neon signs at retail marijuana shops would be prohibited, and lighted signs could only be illuminated 30 minutes before sunset and until closing.
So you can’t advertise a product that is perfectly legal in a free country operating under a free enterprise system. Makes sense. You also can’t put digital ads on Turtleboy Sports for your weed business unless we can prove that at least 71.6% of our audience is over the age of 21. Good, more red tape for legitimate business owners. But yet when I drive on the highway I see Coors Light billboards everywhere. Oh, and no neon lights for your weed shop either. That might attract customers.
This is what the government does in Massachusetts people. They take a good thing and they fuck it up. It’s the only thing they know how to do.
The good news is that your local weed guy isn’t going out of business. TB’s boy Diego was really worried about that, but since he doesn’t have to charge an extra 28% for his bags he can undercut weed shops that are following these guidelines and everyone’s gonna go to him. And luckily for Diego he can’t really be classified as a drug dealer now. He’s just a gypsy weed guy who’s selling a legalized product without a license.
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