Shocking: The “Tax” Label Is a Plus

“Tax” is no longer at the bottom of the label barrel.  Proponents of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act,, just approved for the November 2012 ballot, deliberately put “Tax” in the title – but not in the Act.  The Act provides for a state monopoly to sell marijuana (and a state monopsony to buy it) – but no taxes.  Oregon doesn’t even have a sales tax.

Maybe it’s just that Tax sounds better than Legalization.  But maybe anti-tax hysteria is peaking.  Conservative Republican Senator Tom Coburn says that anti-tax advocate of drowning the Federal Government in a bathtub Grover “Norquist is increasingly isolated politically.”



Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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