Came across this interest ing Washington Post story about so called “sin taxes”. At least 21 states have similar laws on the books, but many aren’t being enforced. NY is proposing a tax of $3.50 per gram on pot, and $200 per gram on cocaine, hence the "crack pot moniker. You can buy stamps, anonymously of course.
I was thinking there is one big reason they go this route, rather than simply levying big fines if you’re found guilty of posession. Presumably they could garnish your wages and collect the tax even if you aren’t found guily of a crime. The story doesn’t address this question, though it does say the law is aimed at drug dealers. How dealers would be distinguished from users is another question not addressed.
BTW, NY also taxes lap dances at strip clubs, but only if they are performed in “VIP lounges”. So apparently the working stiffs get lap dances free from government madated sodomy.
That’s how they finally got Capone, tax evasion. Not paying fed. taxes on the booze he sold. Even then, w/ all the resources expended and the hoopla, he only served about 4 years in prison.
I think the feds. are stuck on stupid, declaring certain things to be contraband and then spending tons of money trying to enforce it. Didn’t work w/ alcohol and it ain’t gonna’ work w/ drugs.