June 21, 2011 Let California Become U.S. Pot Bread Basket #TAXPOT
dvocates of change in California confront one bedrock fact: They can’t repeal the federal laws making it illegal to grow, sell or even use cannabis. They can hope that change in California will create pressure for change in Washington, but whatever they ask voters to approve in November 2012 will have to work, at first, in the context of continued national prohibition. That rules out some otherwise attractive ideas. For example, Proposition 19, which came close to passage last year, sought to tax and regulate cannabis production and sale. But no grower or seller could have paid state taxes or filed California regulatory paperwork without confessing to a federal crime. That made the whole idea nonsense.