I would have been trumpeting this from the rooftops once upon a time, but not so much anymore.
Why? Well, I eventually came to see the “legalize and tax drugs” thing differently. Recall, if you will, the old saying that “the power to tax is the power to destroy.” Frankly (and I know this is a pipe dream at best), I’d be perfectly okay with weed not even being taxed, as such could open the door to yet more wholesale violations of people’s rights. Taxes were the entire reason the feds got involved at Waco with the Branch Davidians; it was alleged that David Koresh was in possession of a full-auto M16 without the $200 transfer tax stamp, which is what brought him to the attention of the ATF. And I don’t have any doubt the feds would flex similar muscle against those who didn’t have a tax stamp for their weed.
And I have to ask myself if Superintendent Whitesell would support SWAT raids on people who, for example, didn’t have the state tax stamp. Somehow I think I know the answer, and if it’s what I think it is then we’re pretty much right back to square one in relation to civil liberties. After all, what’s the difference between busting down somebody’s door on a suspicion that they have illegal drugs and busting down the door on a suspicion that they didn’t have the tax stamp for it? The lesser government involvement with recreational drugs, the better, as far as that particular aspect of it goes.