Washington will haul in nearly $150,000 in excise taxes from the first three days of legal marijuana sales — and that doesn't include state and local sales taxes.Randy Simmons, the state Liquor Control Board's project manager for legalized marijuana sales, points out that there are still only a few stores open, which means these numbers undoubtedly will rise. A lot.
The "War On Drugs" is a monumental public policy failure on every level. If government officials actually care about budgets and about people, it's time to start proving it. Marijuana should be legalized, regulated, and taxed. Everywhere.