Monday, July 12, 2010

The (omniscient) Denver Post

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 12:12 PM

We've run into the Denver Post's confusing proclivity to trash the current medical marijuana system before, and today, we hear it again in the form of a protest against Denver City Councilor Doug Linkhart's proposal to tax MMJ to pay for teen programs.

Now, the confusing aspect isn't the paper's protestations; be for, or against, at your discretion. It's this interpretation of the ubiquitous "will of the voters" — for whom, mysteriously, everybody seems to speak.

Do we really want to fund kids' programs with cash from a system rife with fraud, a system that has made a mockery of Colorado voters?

The piece does make a good point, however, when it says that MMJ advocates have reacted to news of taxation with glee. "Through taxation comes legitimacy," attorney Rob Corry has previously told the Post.

Legitimacy? We thought this was about helping gravely ill Coloradans.

In Colorado, prescription medications are exempt from taxes. And they should be. Why should those who argue that medical marijuana is a legitimate solace to truly suffering people wish to burden the patients with extra taxes?

Unless, of course, they're just seeking legitimacy.

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