Pubdate: [Sat, 01 Mar 1997]
Source: Burlington Free Press (VT)
Author: Robert Melamede Ph.D.

Sadly, the Federal Government always manages to show its true colors. The
IRS has stated that money spent on medical marijuana is not tax deductable,
yet they readily accept drug generated income tax money from any drug
dealer who acknowledges his profession. Bottom line: policies that make
money are good but those that cost money are bad.

It seems that between the IRS accepting drug related income tax money, and
the Treasury accepting debt repayment from countries that can only pay back
debt because of their lucrative drug trade, that the US government is
guilty of laundering drug money on the grandest of scales. The only sane
solution to the perpetual drug problem is to regulate and tax drugs.

The 16 billion dollar drug war fails to stop 95% of the drugs. Its like
paying for a new car and all you go home with is the air in the tires.

Bob Melamede, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT