Saturday, September 06, 2008

If you want to tax it, just legalize it!

North Carolina is one of 23 states that have a tax on illegal drugs. I can’t speak to the way the others work, but in North Carolina the tax on illegal drugs is considered a purely civil issue. Thus, you can be acquitted of a drug crime and still be taxed on the drugs. The burden of proof is on the defendant, and the tax can be applied retroactively. Meaning if the state can reasonably demonstrate past drug possessions as well, then the tax can be levied on drugs long come and gone.

A few days ago Darwin Bisping, a pizza delivery man who says he uses marijuana for medicinal purposes, and his housemate in Asheville, N.C., were sent a bill of $88,866 as the tax on the 114 marijuana plants seized from their home this summer. WRAL reported:

The state law specifically says that more than 42.5 grams of marijuana can be taxed at $3.50 per gram.

Bisping and McCart each were taxed on 18,053 grams of marijuana and also were charged $25,274 in penalties and $406 in interest.

Bisping said he uses the drug to calm nerve problems and to help him swallow food after esophagus surgery. He also disputes the weight of the marijuana that was seized.

"This ain't about justice, this is about money," he said.

These taxes are ridiculous and hypocritical. Only a quarter of the money raised through this tax goes to education and the other 75% right into the pocket of the arresting agency. That money is probably a nice addition to the cash cow of asset forfeitures they get. When there is this much money on the line for police, is anyone actually surprised when they choose to arrest medical marijuana patients and peaceful suppliers rather than focusing on the dangerous, but less lucrative, criminals? I’m not.

That’s a lot of money for one pot bust. Imagine if all the marijuana growers in North Carolina (there are a lot) paid even half the current tax in order to safely and legally grow marijuana. Police would require fewer resources (probably why they are usually vehemently against decriminalization initiatives), and we could pump a ridiculous amount of money into education, one of the few things proven to actually reduce drug use.

And, you know, allowing people in severe physical pain to alleviate their sufferings without fear of prison; financially crippling, bullshit taxes; ineligibility from food-stamps and public housing; disqualification from participating in the Big Brother/ Big Sister program; or inability to find work would be some nice perks as well.


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LIfespan said...

heh u guys are gonna love this remember back in 5 grade when we took dare, the frist thing the officer (hes currently the sherrif of brunswick county n.c.) did was pull out some weed and ask if anyone seen there parents with it
(anyone else think thats Fuked up?)i can only imagin what happened to the 10 kids that said yeah mommy smokes green tobbacco.

after a couple weeks of that crap they asked us to write a paper on why ill never do drugs.
they made it a contest and out of the whole school i won! YAY

today im 29 and i smoke canabis whenever the urge hits me :D
i have a steady job
a loving family and a sense of purpose

lotta good that did eh?

all DARE did was make me wanna get a torch an burn down our govt. :(

when did cops stop being andy griffth and started the starwar storm troppers training courses?
did u guess the 1980s? right when the drug war was being ramped up?

to any cops! if u wander why people wanna shoot you noadays more than ever its because u tore that persons parent away from there arms without good reason!(you are now the bad guys! dont belive it? dont take your gun to work and see what happens)

protesting does nothing people

only way to make any change in this world is with money or DRASTIC ACTION

lets hang wallstreet, outlaw lobbists and put our lives back into our own hands

and for any of u feds that think im gonna knock off a govt offical
im not :) cuz after this rant im gonna go burn some and be a happier safer person who harbors no ill will toward ANYONE (thats what pot does, why do u think they call it a peace pipe)

too bad everyone doesnt smoke :(

my biggest wonder is if the fat cats want us to be controled sheep then why dont they allow us this safe and pacifing substance that would make us happy worker drones. (wonder why painters smoke? cuz painting is boring as hell and smoking makes it very interesting and when ur interested u usually do a much better job)

heres an orginal point to be made

people smoke pot

-cuz its pleasurable

people have sex with everone that wont slap em with a sexual harrassment suit

-cuz its pleasurable

pot has hospitalized and killed 0

unsafe sex has killed countless
and is boning our healthcare (heh)

you gonna let someone tell u how many people u can lay in a week?

and would be "almost" as hard to enforce as drug laws

and ill leave u with this final comment "if u cant enforce the law then it had no bussiness being on the books in the frist place"
how can our lawmakers be so retarded?