Does New Zealand need a Stoner Tax?

With Don Brash finally bringing some credibility to the cannabis debate we have a real opportunity to sensibly discuss the issue.

Rather than decriminalise marijuana we should instead regulate it, with only licensed producers being allow to sell it to retailers like tobacco.

Then we can have a big stoner tax, taking as much money as we do on tobacco, which we can then use to reduce income tax and plow into health.

I think that ACT should formally adopt Don Brash’s position and really work hard to make this work.

California is certainly considering a Stoner Tax. It is on the ballot in November, I will certainly be looking into this a bit more. Especially around the removal of crime cartels control over cannabis.