Pubdate: Tue, 17 May 2011 Source: Record, The (Stockton, CA) Copyright: 2011 The Record Contact: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=A_OPINION05 Website: http://www.recordnet.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/428 Author: Walter Sturdivan MARIJUANA TAX IS JUST SMOKE It seems the medical marijuana business is not such a great windfall after all. If the leaders of the pot business find they can't find a banker to join in the scheme, wait until the IRS gets through with them. They do collect taxes, you know! And it's a federal agency as well, which does not ignore the use of an illegal substance. With all the clamber about the dangers of tobacco, why push for pot houses in Stockton? Will the city put the burden of lost revenues and overspending on the backs of sick people? It's a joke. Will the City Council join this endeavor, further adding another to the problems of illness? It appears it already has. No amount of revenue from this specious practice will ever justify the harm the city will instigate with a partnership in marijuana dispensaries. This moneymaking scheme will, like chickens, come home to roost. Walter Sturdivan Stockton - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.