Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, September 17, 2011

NZ's Multi Billion Dollar Boondoggle

If, according to POLICE INTELLIGENCE one gram of *cannabis is worth $5 then the estimated 200 tonnes of cannabis GOODS traded through friendly/social networks SERVICING 400,000 recreational consumers in New Zealand is worth $150Million in forgone GST. Sales minus Production Costs, $1Billion * (-20%) = $800M @ 33% tax = $264M in PAYE/Company Tax. Annual budgets for Displaced allocated cannabis enforcement in Police, Justice, Corrections, Security and other unintended burdens $150M, making cannabis law, the past forty years a multi billion dollar boondoggle, and for what? Alienation from rule of law? Disrespect of societal normative values? A justice employment scheme? Gawd knows because politicians don't.

Cannabis must be regulated and taxed. It is the stuff of social capital.

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Blair Anderson,

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