Today, authorities in the Texas are patting themselves on the back for stopping another absurd attempt to smuggle marijuana across the border from Mexico.
According to NBC News, one cheeky cartel’s gamble involved hiding weed inside coconuts, which is way funnier than their last big pot bust, when 800 pounds was discovered underneath a shipment of broccoli.
“The idea of taxing marijuana and using the money to help governments fund social services, education, and infrastructure has long been one championed by advocates for marijuana reform, and it’s fantastic to finally see it being put into practice.”
Meanwhile, the City Council in Aurora, Colorado has just voted to use $1.5 million in funds generated from legal marijuana sales to help the homeless. As the Huffington Post reports, the plan has been in the works since September, and now several groups, including ones which support struggling families, mentally ill people and homeless veterans will find their budgets buoyed significantly.
The idea of taxing marijuana and using the money to help governments fund social services, education, and infrastructure has long been one championed by advocates for marijuana reform, and it’s fantastic to finally see it being put into practice.
Most politicians—aside from say, Tea Party obstructionists—understand every level of government needs revenue to survive, and since money generated from marijuana essentially comes via a “sin tax,” it should be a guilt-free source of funding for state and local governments. That’s the angle which could spur some cash-strapped states to approve legal marijuana, even if officials there remain tied to outdated ideas about drug prohibition.
Of course, just because a government suddenly has more money doesn’t mean it’ll be used benevolently, like it is in Aurora. If we had to guess what, say, Texas would do with extra funds? The scenarios are pretty grim. The Lone Star State would likely use them to expand executions of retarded people, persecute transgender individuals, or—we can dream—secede from the Union.
Here’s hoping saner, enlightened states take a look at programs like Aurora’s and decide legal marijuana would be a boon to their budgets.