Advocates of legalization often point to all of the good ways that marijuana taxes are being spent to help people, while ignoring the basic fact that all taxation is theft predicated on violence.
If I came into your home and robbed you at gunpoint, would it make you feel any better if I told you I was spending the money to feed the homeless or buy classroom equipment for the local elementary school? Does spending money in a positive way erase the fact that it was gained by the threat of violence?
Taxation can only exist through the threat of violence.
If I walk into my favorite dispensary and tell them I refuse to pay them the taxes, they will turn me away because they would have to pay the taxes themselves at a net loss. If they refused to pay the taxes eventually some government thug would come by demanding their cut of the dispensary owner’s profits.
If the owner(s) refused to pay this extortion they would be taken to jail, tried for the crime and fined and/or imprisoned.
If they refused to be kidnapped and jailed, they would be shot and killed in the process.
If this threat of death did not exist, most people would not pay taxes. Most people would opt out of paying for endless warfare and corporate welfare. So in order to insure everyone pays their taxes no matter what they are spent on, the government has to imprison and/or kill people who don’t pay up.
There is nothing ethical about this situation whatsoever. From no moral perspective in the history of mankind can this be considered acceptable. Theft, kidnapping, imprisonment and murder are the most reviled acts in every culture, religion and people throughout time.
And so there is nothing so good and kind you can spend that tax money on that makes up for all the evil involved.
This is true of everything the state does, including prohibition.
It’s a plant. Just let people grow it and share it like all the other plants. You don’t need taxes to justify self-ownership and autonomy. And you cannot reconcile vile acts of aggression with good deeds.