Tuesday, March 18, 2014
In some parts of the country people are proudly announcing plans to get rich selling marijuana legally. But in Missouri, a man who ran a sophisticated illegal marijuana business was just sentenced to 30 years.
Not long ago, these sorts of stories were reported as big drug war wins. But the Riverfront Times ends its report on the case with this observation:
Incarcerating Henderson will cost taxpayers more than $800,000 at an average of about $27,000 per year.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, the state collected about $3.5 million in taxes from recreational marijuana sales in the month of January alone.
Seeing this story also brought to mind an article from April Short at Salon last Friday, which is well worth a read: "Legal Weed's Race Problem: White Men Get Rich, Black Men Stay in Prison."