Beating the Cannabis Black Market? Don’t Tax the Legal Industry to Death

Beating the Cannabis Black Market? Don’t Tax the Legal Industry to Death
Cannabis use is healthy.

It promotes our health in numerous ways: better sleep, better appetite and weight moderation, anxiety/stress relief, better digestion, etc., etc., etc.

It provides numerous medicinal benefits. It is currently being safely prescribed by thousands of physicians across North America to treat hundreds of different medical conditions.

As a recreational drug, it’s a safe alternative to alcohol and tobacco use.

These legal drugs kill well over half a million people each year in North America and sicken tens of millions. The potential healthcare savings in getting people to switch from alcohol/tobacco use to cannabis consumption are astronomical.

Yet cannabis-phobic governments continue to tax cannabis as a “vice product”: punitive levels of taxation which discourage rather than encourage cannabis use in our societies.

This isn’t merely unwise. It’s completely insane.

It’s not just the massive health benefits along with the enormous potential to save human lives and taxpayer dollars. There is an even better reason why governments must show restraint with cannabis taxation. The cannabis black market.

The cannabis black market was artificially created by our governments. They did so when they criminalized cannabis without even the slightest justification.

There is no rational universe where using alcohol and tobacco is legal, but cannabis use is illegal.

If an enlightened government chose to legalize only one recreational drug, obviously that drug would be cannabis. Not alcohol. Not tobacco.

Now our anti-cannabis governments are reluctantly legalizing cannabis, after being forced by the courts to allow medicinal cannabis use.

Every government and every politician says that one of their “highest priorities” in cannabis legalization is elimination of the black market. The legal cannabis industry has been handed the task of phasing out the black market through legal cannabis sales.

So what have these same governments done?

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