Originally Posted by MMM
Very untrue this statement, they can legalise cannabis stop you from growing it and charge tax on the sales of cannabis.
Grow tobacco on your own premises or farms and see what the authorities do to you, you need a license to do this and be regulated...... One big fine or imprisonment.....
The governments would not allow you to grow your own..... They are very smart and know how to tax you
in what way is it untrue ?
sure they could introduce a law to make growing cannabis illegal just like it is currently illegal to smoke or grow cannabis in your own home . However as you see with the huge amount of people who smoke cannabis at home laws are often ignored . And a law is only as strong as the possibility and efforts of enforcement
There are just not enough resources (police or otherwise)to find every single individual who would be growing cannabis in their own home . The fact that the police currently struggle with closing down all of the "industrial" sized cannabis farms . Those are the farms that would be consuming enormous amounts of electricity and producing a massive amount of heat .and producing thousands of pounds worth of cannabis . They do of course succeed in shutting down some of these farms . whilst its also illegal to bring cannabis in the country clearly the current supply of cannabis comes from a mixture of the two sources grown and smuggled .
clearly mechanisms for enforcing the laws against growing and smoking cannabis are not working . What makes you think if the government started taxing it they would be any more effective at enforcing these laws .
In my view the reverse would in fact happen and more people would grow it at home because currently the problem of cannabis distribution and production is a criminal justice problem so is handled by the police . If you made it into a taxable problem you would then make enforcement on bans against home growing a customs and excise problem and the funding for their enforcement teams is a lot less and their resources are much more thinly spread thus meaning that more people would get away with growing cannabis at home .
In the UK you can produce legally at home your own beer or wine however having a still is illegal . However I have known of people who have created their own rudimentary still more for experimental purposes and they have produced some volume of consumable alcohol . Despite this being against uk law they faced absolutely no fine or imprisonment . The same with people who I have heard of who have grown small amounts of cannabis in their airing cupboard or loft for personal consumption . No fine or imprisonment despite this being a criminal offense . clearly the enforcement mechanism are not strong enough to guarantee a heavy stream of tax revenue as I said .
Originally Posted by j03
I think that the government "nannies" the population too much. As long as the information about the side-effects of what people are doing/are considering doing is publicised, I think that for a lot of things, people should be allowed to make their own mind up.
Perhaps , however when its the lives of others you are effecting should the government not step in to do something , Say for example I went out and got completely wasted beyond my limits at a nightclub in the city centre and then became agressive and violent like a lot of people do when they get drunk and set about attacking someone working in a local takeaway because they werent preparing my food fast enough surely you cant just go to that fast food shop owner and say its okay the man who attacked your employee knew of the side effects and we just allowed him to make his own mind up ?