From: Stephen Conlin
In the “war on drugs,” status quo equals a 99.97% failure. From its inception in 1970, it has always been a war on our civil rights and liberties. Billions of dollars wasted on the premise of public safety and protecting your children (three generations so far). A war waged by public officials who are “dedicated to fighting,” but never winning this war.
We have gone from; “just say no,” to seven out of ten adults being “medicated,” without counseling. Diversion of prescription drugs far outweighs all other drug crimes nationwide, and those dangerous drugs start out as legal.
The unintended consequence of this “war” is supporting crime, instead of supporting law and order. The answer has always been in the middle; taxation and regulation. This choice has existed in the Minnesota statutes since 1986 (MN§297D).
There are on average eighteen alcohol cases (if we don’t count the twelve public urination charges) for every drug charge adjudicated in Winona County. When it comes to drug charges, the diversion of prescription drugs seem to top the list.
If the statute already on the books was properly observed those hypothetical sales would have generated $13,955.00 every week in tax revenue, or $502,387.00 in the 2012 school year. The sales would have taken place at commercial venues, and the age of the adult purchaser would have been verified.
In 2012, I stepped forward to exercise this tax law and become the first business to “lawfully” sell marijuana to adults in Minnesota. To use the first, and only, Minnesota law that can and will shut down the “unlawful” black market.
This case is finally coming to trial on August 26. If found guilty of the crime charged, it will cost the taxpayers $150,000 per year to incarcerate me, for five years. That’s $750,000 coming out of the state’s coffers, and your children can still buy marijuana in the schools. Just as they have been able to from the start of the DARE program. This market has survived forty-three years of policing and prosecuting. It has grown to include your ten-year-old children. People who want to commit crime don’t pay taxes, or obey the law. Failure to pay taxes is what makes the unlawful sale of marijuana a crime here in Minnesota.