FredS wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:31 am
Del wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:20 pm
joegoat wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:50 pm
There will be many more home growers. Excessively taxing or outright banning something only creates a black market.
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Marijuana will be legal over-the-counter everywhere. And tobacco will be black market contraband.
This is bizarro, just like everything else in soviet amerika.
The point you miss is that both products will be legal, and both products are/will be heavily taxed. "Sin taxes" have always been a popular way to encourage abstinence on the one hand, and increase public welfare on the backs of those who don't abstain on the other hand. Tobacco, alcohol, gambling, and weed are all yuge money-makers for government.
As we see here in the high country, there's still a black market for un-taxed weed and there will one for tobacco when taxes put the legal stuff out of reach of some. I can also see big tobacco aligning themselves with natives in order to create a gray market and sell on their reservations just like big gaming does with casinos. In CO, it's legal to grow a limited amount of pot for 'personal use' and we might see the market offering grow systems and even home topping and infusion kits for diy pipe tobacco grown in your basement or bedroom closet. How about 'community gardens' in urban areas? Maybe you could hit up the farm stand for some tomatoes and a few unprocessed leaves every Saturday morning? I envision all sorts of scenarios for the future of tobacco, and in none of them do I see it going away.
Simple truth is that it doesn't matter whether the product is illegal or simply taxed at an onerous rate. Both result in vigorous black market trafficking.
What we will lose are the legal jobs and producers of premium products. Like we lost McClelland.
Rusty liked to remind us that the European manufacturers of premium pipe tobacco were also dependent on the American market for adequate volume, because Europe pipe tobacco is already taxed at onerous rates.
I need to get JMG to teach me how he cured tobacco and rolled home-made cigars in PNG.... Just so I have something to pass down to my grandchildren.
Customs of tobacco enjoyment have evolved quite a bit over the centuries since Columbus met a native chief smoking a monster stogie.
If we have to go back to pioneer days and homegrown tobacco, perhaps making snuff will return as a cottage industry.
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