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a malcontent rant© 05.05.2009

 


 

It's Time to Tax the Potheads
After all, ending Prohibition ended the Great Depression

 

By tha malcontent
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May 5, 12:45 PM MST
 

(ap) - Let's be perfectly honest... Most cities ignore or barely hand slap for pot possession.

I have been alive long enough to see a major Federal effort against marijuana, and yet I have seen very little, if any benefit from that Federal money being spent.

Couple that with the fact that the pot that is being sold and consumed right now is 100% untaxable, and only produces financial burdens in our prisons when occasionally a "big fish" is caught and housed for the “crime” of selling a plant that predates our Republic.

This was also the case during the alcohol Prohibition during the Great Depression, and I submit to you that until Prohibition was ended, that the Great Depression was not looking to go away.

Take a look at how sweeping an effect that Prohibition had on our ability to tax:

Amendment XVIII (1919)
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several states shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several states, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the states by the Congress.


If anything, part of the economic issues in that era stemmed directly from the Gubmn't destroying that massive industry with Prohibition.

It wasn’t just tax revenue that the Gubmn’t was missing out on in the form of taxing the product, but it was also the income of the workers of that industry, and the industries that supported it in the form of crates, bottles, transportation, construction, etc., etc.

I am sure it took a few more years after 1920 when the 18th Amendment actually went into Law for it to start having an effect on the economy.

In 1929, the Stock Market crashed, and it was at least an indirect product of the unjust raping of the alcohol industry, in my opinion.

As a last ditch effort in 1933, the Gubmn't undid that ridiculous amendment, and don’t let the excuse of organized crime distract you from why they really did it... It was ALL about the money.

Amendment XXI (1933)
Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any state, territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several states, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the states by the Congress.


From 1933 on, the Great Depression began to subside. Unemployment went from about 25% in 1933 to about 15% leading into 1939 and our ever-approaching entry into the European theater, and the War Machine that lead us out of the Great Depression once and for all.

But I digress, it's high time the Potheads stopped cheating this economy and pay their fair share.

If we aren’t going to enforce the Laws regarding possession of pot, which we basically are NOT, and this Administration is even LESS likely to, then lets tax the product and put the resources of the Police and the Courts to better use, like going after Representative William Jefferson (D), and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D) for assisting that Criminal to avoid Justice.

For the record, I don't smoke pot, but I'd consider my own franchise if it were to be legalized. A Hash Strip Bar... Combine stripping with pot... It's genius!

It's like this, in a Recessed Obama Era... People really need to get high, and the Gubmn't really needs some new revenue.

I hope that I can have your Vote in 2012, and I will work to make this happen if I am elected!

 

 

 

peace,

tha malcontent

 

 

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