The smoke and mirrors of taxation, regulation
Marijuana-legalization proponents insist taxing and regulating the drug will keep all of the health, crime and other social problems associated with its use in check. What they’re not telling you is that any tax revenues collected from the sale of marijuana won’t come close to covering costs to regulate the drug or address problems caused by its use.
In Colorado, where medical marijuana is legalized, the state agency charged with overseeing dispensaries is overworked, understaffed and unable to keep up with its regulatory responsibilities. This only emphasizes why medical marijuana would strain Massachusetts’ state enforcement agencies and already limited resources.