Marijuana Taxes Are Theft & That Is Wrong No Matter How You Spend It

marijuana taxes, taxation is theft

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.

Good thing then that the state might soon become obsolete.

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.

4 Replies to “Marijuana Taxes Are Theft & That Is Wrong No Matter How You Spend It”

  1. Correct. Let’s help these new weed businesses incorporate bitcoin, from farmer to processor to distributor to retailer to customer… I want to see Bitcoin ATMs in every shop. The banking cartel has already given dispensaries the finger. Let’s leave them behind. It’s a perfect storm of opportunity, and a natural defense against predators.

  2. Preach it man! A Cannabis market hamstrung by taxes (theft) and red tape is just the very beginning of what we’re fighting for <3

  3. Could a government impose taxes in such a way that they were not theft? Imagine a city with a wall around it. If there were a tax for using the city (and its benefits, perhaps a safe marketplace, some running water, a park or two, gates that were locked at night), and the tax was just a daily user fee, let’s say $1 per 24 hours, payable in advance, would this be theft?

    People who did not pay would not be punished in any way other than, perhaps, be forcibly removed from the city (sort of like being kicked out of Disneyland when the park closes for the night). Their goods would not be stolen, to be sold to cover the cost of their unpaid fees. They would not be beaten up or murdered, they would just not be let inside the walls.

    I suppose they could even own property inside the walls, but they could not use it directly, because they would be outside the walls (they could hire someone to use it productively, and they could continue to receive rent payments).

    Would these taxes still be theft, assuming they were levied equitably, i.e., one person one day one dollar no exceptions?

    1. JoshuaScottHotchkin says: Reply

      What gives the entity the right to a monopoly on the land it is taxing? They did not produce it. Their only claim to it is based on the threat of force against anyone challenging their claim.

      How can any collective entity enforce its dictates against individuals without the threat of aggression as the basis of its authority?

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