Buzz-kill: Denver proposes 5% tax on marijuana sales « Hot Air: "Both habits are similar in terms of environmental impact, and with any kind of taxation, in terms of enforcement. That’s why the argument that legalization would eliminate the waste of police resources was always nuanced. Cigarettes have always been legal, but significant trafficking of untaxed cigarettes plagues law enforcement in most states with vice taxes, especially those adjacent to low-tax states (like Minnesota). Taxation is even more necessary for marijuana in order to pay for the extra cost of dealing with intoxication, which cigarettes don’t generate."
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