Leagalize Art + Photography
The extent of my drawing skills.
As California surges toward marijuana legalization legislation for 2010, I find myself in the shower, shaking my head at this entire issue.
I have an idea.
Let’s legalize it. And here’s why.
We are spending incredible amounts of money to try and combat marijuana, and last time I checked, it doesn’t seem to be that difficult to find. Drive along the beach, any day of the year, especially via bicycle, and you realize it is alive and well.
In fact, I think it is probably easier to get today than ever before. Now with “medical clinics” being allowed to distribute, it’s even easier.
This issue has been debated far and wide, up and down, etc, so I’m not going to debate the standard stuff, such as health care costs, crime, etc.
My problem with the issue is not that I don’t trust those smoking marijuana, my problem is I don’t trust the Federal Government. Why? Well, they have a proven track record. And those smoking heaps of herb, well, they might not have done a whole lot yet.
Say that the evil bud is legalized, and every liquor store becomes a “mom and pop” outfit doling out reefer. (How come my mom and dad didnt’ run a liquor store?)
And say that there is a line out the door to buy weed. Say they are making serious cash from this biz. Now what?
Tax it. Simple as that.
But here is the kicker. Ten percent of the revenue has to be funneled back into our “government,” and here is where things get stickier than a sick, hydro-bud. The store owner gets to choose where the money goes.
You hear that? You hear that faint scream? That is the government sobbing in the background.
Okay, how about these outlets for pot tax revenue.
3-Overpaying our congress
5-Pork Barrel Projects
6-Art/Science (I’m lumping them together because while these groups share much common ground, they are also a good check and balance on one another.)
9-Furthering the bureaucracy.
10-America’s Mission Overseas (Just made this up, an outreach program to alert the rest of the world what life in America is really like, and that Hollywood is not an accurate portrayal.)
I’m sick and tired of our country, and us, talking about issues like this, then doing nothing. We coin horrific catch phrases like “thinking outside the box,” and then do nothing but live in the same damn box.
Now I’m just guessing here, but I would imagine, based on what I know about liquor stores, that money distribution would be more toward the center than people would imagine. I think you would get the guy who says, “Up yours, I love bureaucracy,” and donate his ten percent.
I’m tired of the futility of saying, “We are gonna fight this thing,” because it just doesnt’ work. And just because the drug czar says it’s not in his vocabulary really doesn’t matter. Then let’s vote the guy out.
It makes no sense to me I can buy whiskey by the gallon, but not pot. I can buy smokes by the carton but not smoke.
We can give this stuff to cancer patients, who, sorry for being blunt, are in many cases not going to make it, and can admit the medical benefit to these people, but can’t admit people who aren’t sick might not benefit from it as well.
And, can you imagine the additional money that art, science, and yes our beloved photography might have??? But again, I just don’t trust the government, especially when I hear things like “troop surge.”
It’s naive to think war is not going to happen, it will and we will continually be involved, but at some point we must rethink our strategy, and I’m thinking the legalization of art and photography is a good place to start.
Oh, and for those of you who are drug dealers. Don’t worry. Your infrastructure is already in place. All you need is a storefront, and based on your current financial reserves, I would imagine you could land your storefront in Hollywood, make it invite only and charge whatever you want.
I think initially there would be a huge buzz surrounding these events, no pun intended, but after a while things would calm down.
If pot were legalized tomorrow, would I hop on my trusty bike and pedal over to buy some. No. But what I would do is begin to worry what our government is doing with the money.