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Mile High Idea: Smoke Dope, Build Schools

mo'brien Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 8:24 AM
Why not increase fines for pot-smoking and then use the additional fines to build schools? Heck, cigarettes get taxed up the wazoo, the additional penalty would just be a pot tax. Maybe an environmental tax for polluting the air to appease the lefties. Aren't fines and penalties just a form of taxation anyway? (Our Chief Justice would seem to concur.)
yachtsman388 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 8:46 AM
As long as the fines aren't too high you could actually increase revenues that way. But in general, fines decrease profits, taxes increase them. If it's the criminal justice system collecting the fees, it's a money loser. If it's the tax collector collecting the revenue, it's a money maker.
Marie150 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 8:44 AM
Or make the potheads clean the bathrooms with toothbrushes so we save money on janitors.

I hate to start something here with a trite phrase. But sometimes you read about things that make you wonder what some people are smoking.

In Colorado this year a cabal of known associates is getting together to try to legalize the sale, cultivation and possession of marijuana under what’s known as Amendment 64.

Their pitch says that by state regulation and control of dope deals, the consequent revenue collected can benefit K-12 education in the state, now under tight budget constraints.

Yeah, you heard that right: Make pot legal and build schools with the first $40 million in...