When Canada finally decides to regulate and tax recreational marijuana, the country will most likely utilize the old tried-and-true beer industry as its business model.
At least that appears to be the consensus of John Sleeman, the founder of Sleeman Breweries Ltd., the third-largest brewing company in the country, who believes that the laws put into effect after prohibition were absolutely necessary to regain control of a godless society and further contribute to its progress. He says that the decision to regulate booze helped to eliminate the crime associated with the black-market trade and turned it into a highly-profitable product for the country.
“It’s not unlike prohibition where you had people making money and the government finally said: 'Hey wait a minute, we have to clean this up,’” said Sleeman, leader of a national beer lobby organization. “I can see some time down the road the Canadian government will use parts of how we’re regulated as a way to base the regulation for the production and sale of marijuana.”
Unfortunately, in the United States, while many marijuana supporters believe that recreational pot should be regulated and taxed similar to the way state governments handle alcohol, the powers that be are simply not moving in that direction.
Instead, Washington State plans to stick it to stoners with a hefty three-way tax on recreational marijuana that some fear will keep the black market alive and kickin’. In Colorado, the stereotypes of the lazy pothead without a job cannot possibly exist inside the state’s legal realm of recreational marijuana. That is because on Tuesday, voters approved a mega-excise tax of 15% and a special sales tax of 10% on fun-bud, which is nowhere near the Canadian’s hopeful tax model of the beer industry – not even by American standards.
However, Canada may have a long way to go before they start losing sleep over the country’s recreational marijuana regulations. Even though, the federal government is permitting companies to grow and distribute medical marijuana, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced over the summer that he is not quite ready to consider legalizing weed, but he is open to reviewing proposals for decriminalization.
In the meantime, stoners in Colorado in Washington live in fear of being forced into getting second jobs just to stay high and on the right side of the law.