That tax money like any tax money can be used for all sorts of things.
Could help feed homeless people for example.
Think of it as ethical weed.
And cigarettes and alcohol are taxed to the max in canada. A pack of smoke in many countries costs less that 2 sometimes one dollar for the same pack you pay $14 for in canada.
I pay 30% tax on booze in the middle east and its about the same price as canada. Not to mention the cost of exportingbto the middle east and the fact that everything is a monopoly here.
Im all for a sugar tax as well. Coffee has no health affects so bad example.
Dont see why you are complaining about paying more taxes.
If alcohol was illegal and you drink, wouldn't you want legal, cheap alcohol? I have no problem paying tax, but I don't think it should be an arbitrary one as you're proposing. How about we have a tax on apples. Think of it as ethical apples. The point I'm making is that marijuana does not have a significant impact on health spending, or government spending of any kind, and there is no justifiable reason to tax it as one would alcohol. Taxing it as any other product is perfectly fine. Think of all the savings in law enforcement if you want to squeeze more money out of pot smokers. I'd welcome a higher tax on alcohol and cigarettes for their detrimental health effects any day.
I brought up coffee not for its health effects but for its physiological effects in general. There is no denying that it affects our body, so should we tax it as a drug? Caffeine is a drug by definition. Marijuana doesn't have any negative health effects if consumed in ways other than smoking directly (speaking of healthy adults). Do we tax it because it makes us feel good and hungry? Is it the fact that it provides a pleasant effect that should be subject to tax? A sin tax on a sinless activity?
There is no such thing as "to the max", it's a subjective term entirely dependent on where one takes his sample. Well, I guess they could be taxed to the max is there are no smokers in Canada due to taxes. Then you'd be on the money. However, that's not the case and just because other countries have cheaper cigarettes (and higher smoking rates to boot) doesn't mean Canadian taxes can't be raised (and probably will be, more than once). Same goes for alcohol.
I hope now you can see why I am complaining.