Saturday, September 23, 2006

Respecting Liberty


By far the most interesting ballot initiative this season is from the State of Nevada. It would permit the use, sale and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The taxes alone would be a boon to the state's economy. Nevada has no personal income tax or corporate income tax and many California-based corporations incorporate themselves in Nevada to take adavantage of this. This is a good example of federalism in action. The most amusing part is the name of the group opposing the measure, the Committee to Keep Nevada Respectable. Imagine its filled with unironic casino owners and brothel madams. Because there is nothing more respectable than legalized gambling and prostitution. I don't gamble or go after hookers, but this might just give me a reason to visit the Silver State. It is good to see that this has at least a chance of passing with a fairly even division in in public opinion. Perhaps freedom isn't a lost cause in America after all.

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