Caceila Trahan does not support the legalization of cannabis- if it is taxed. Should the Canadian government legalize cannabis they will undoubtedly regulate it as a taxable good. For this poverty activist, taxing the sale of marijuana threatens an under the table income supplement for who are selling to offset an existence fraught with financial hardship.
“The benefits of an underground market can serve people of oppression and impoverishment as a means of survival. In theory, a single mother or young person with little education or skills may choose to deal small amounts of pot to make ends meet. The same theory could be applied to prostitution which is legal in Ontario but revenues earned by sex trade workers are not taxed. Taxing the sale of marijuana would still leave a vulnerable sector of people breaking the law.”
To read Caceila’s full comment her letter can be read at http://www.northernhoot.com