rabble wrote:Igor wrote:I don't think that a person that is growing something currently illegal is going to have an issue with some unreported untaxed income. And since we can't enforce the existing laws, I don't think tax enforcement will be much better.
I think a big part of the reason we can't enforce the current laws is because they're so unreasonable they drive everything underground.
If people could buy it over the counter, enough people would want to do it that somebody would come along to grow and sell it above board, pay the tax, and still turn a tidy profit.
Add that to the money we're saving by not throwing stoners in jail.
As a (presumably) controlled substance, there will also be costs - I'm guessing something similar to alcohol. And given that pot is a lot easier to produce than alcohol or cigarettes, I still feel that only 10-30% of the pot produced will get taxed.