I expect over the next few years, we will hear all manner of suggestion as to how to close the Federal deficit. Sin taxes already exist on alcohol, tobacco, gambling — they filled a revenue void when passed.
How long is it before the next few taxable products get taxed: First Hemp, then Marijuana. Sloshspot estimates a substantial tax benefit, plus big savings in enforcement and incarceration:
As the deficit gets larger, this one actually has a non-zero chance of passing . . .
If Marijuana Production Were Legal: Projected Tax Revenues, by State
Sloshspot, November 13, 2009