The Day Hippies Realized Communism Sucks

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“You’re going to see very quickly the problems when you try to do things Soviet style. When you’re using universally rejected planning economy theory, you’re going to reap disaster.”

Question: Who said this?
A: Right-wing conservative Tea Party candidate in 2014 Primary
B: Pro-growth economist in 1978
C: Hippie who opened a legal Marijuana Store in Washington State on Monday

If you guessed “C” – then you win a pot-laced cookie! That’s right – I’ve always said you show me a liberal who just opened a small business and I’ll show you a conservative the next day.

That being said..

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Rise and Shine, potheads. Mary Jane isn’t going to hit herself.

Hippies Rejoice! Marijuana has been legalized in Washington state.

Does that mean that weed chains will open on every corner boasting “Seattle’s Best,” employing hundreds of pot-istas, and stylized joint boutiques will open in artsy old town? And former hippies will break out their love beads and flower garlands to pedal hashish?

No, no, no. Legalization is just another word for ‘start-up’ as Washington state government goes to market with cannabis in straight laced stores, complete with overhead and Quicken.potheadsquotes

The state government doesn’t allow home-growing, therefore controlling production. The state government is severely limiting the number of sales outlets, therefore controlling distribution. The government is imposing an exorbitant tax on the product at every junction, getting a chunk of change for itself. The government is. . .the government is regulating, restricting, controlling, and profiting. Not what former hippies–the antiestablishmentarians–wanted.

Not all activists, however, are celebrating the passing of legislation in Washington state, like these guys Hiatt and Eidinger.
h/t: U.S. News and World Report

Douglas Hiatt says he knows where to find good pot.

 

But the pro-legalization activist and defense attorney says you probably won’t find it at Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores opening Tuesday.

 

“You’re going to have people selling grams of pot for $25? What, are you kidding me?” Hiatt says. “You can get the best pot you have ever smoked for 10 bucks a gram at a [medical marijuana]dispensary or from someone else who’s going to give you a better deal than the state.”

 

Hiatt says the Washington initiative should have gone with an outright repeal of pot laws, instead of attempting to regulate the market, which he says a hostile presidential administration could kill in court for being in violation of federal law. He says the special 25 percent tax rate applied to each cog of the production chain and limits on competition ensure a booming black market.

 

“You’re going to see very quickly the problems when you try to do things Soviet style. When you’re using universally rejected planning economy theory, you’re going to reap disaster.”

 

Washington’s legislature can begin tinkering with the law during its 2015 session and Hiatt believes that’s likely to make the system worse.

 

But his advice to lawmakers: “You want to take the people doing whatever the illegal activity was and you make them legal. You don’t create this giant freaking bureaucracy, you don’t start trying to do economic planning that would make Lenin proud, you let the free market work.”

 

Eidinger says his initiative would be a victory for activists and bristles at “the culture of get rich, tax the hell out of it” that he sees as a new motivator for reform. Like Hiatt, he’s primarily interested in eliminating arrests and believes prices would dive with less regulation and legal home-grows.

 

“It’s so sad because you can see very clearly that the politicians are running straight for the money and Wall Street is going after the money, and they have no scruples,” he says.

On the other hand:

Major marijuana advocacy groups celebrated the grand opening of stores in Washington. Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, now affiliated with the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, hailed the store openings in a statement.

 

“I imagine that, as in Colorado, lower crime rates, increased tax revenue, thousands of new jobs and continuing public support will indicate legalizing and regulating marijuana is one of the simplest ways to improve not just our criminal justice system, but our state governments generally,” Stamper said.

An article about pot just wouldn’t be complete without a quote from Cheech and Chong. So, here ya go: cheech

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