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Old 07-05-2011, 05:54 PM
stephanie stephanie is offline
 
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Default Re: What People Know About Drugs is Wrong (John McWhorter & Mark Kleiman)

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Originally Posted by Don Zeko View Post
I'm curious what the case against taxing them is so long as we're stipulating legalization.
It was interesting that in the diavlog Mark focused on the relationship between taxes and prices and demand. With cigarettes, of course, and also, for example, he said that one reason why legalizing marijuana was unlikely to lead to the spike in usage that he fears with other currently illegal drugs is that current availability and price means that with taxation you could reasonably make the cost only about 50% of what it is now. The other drugs would be so much cheaper that taxes could make much less of a difference, without just having a serious black market, of course.

This stands to reason, but in my mind the mere illegality/availability effect are greater. Probably just because I'm sheltered and all.
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