UPDATE May 8, 2015: A volunteer has come forward. Details as time goes on.
The Center for New Revenue seeks a volunteer researcher. You can work from anywhere. The task is to look for lessons for marijuana legalization and taxation. The first assignment is to go through the 686-page Ways & Means Hearings, “Modification of Volstead Act,” December 7 to 14, 1932, which considered how to reinstitute the beer tax after Prohibition ended. What can those Hearings tell us about how to tax marijuana? Your report will remain your property; you may decide to grant me a non-exclusive license to publish it on this web site under your name. You’ll get the benefit, if any, of my suggestions. Reply with CV, cover note, and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hearings are available on Lexis-Nexis; hard copies may be at academic libraries. They are in the public domain, so if you get a hard copy, you can scan pages and upload them as part of this project.
I’ve benefited from the 1933 Liquor Tax Hearings, cited, for instance, in the RAND Report for Vermont: ” Tax on Intoxicating Liquor, testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, December 11–14, 1933.” They are a treasure trove of help; I don’t have time to go through the 1932 beer hearings.