As Wash state gets into the details
of legalizing pot in the wake of Prop 502, it's running into opposition from an unlikely alliance of hippieshits and Repooflicans.
One tricky detail is merging the existing semi-legal "medical" marijuana business into the new all-legal setup. The "medical" provision has been around for a few years, and the stores that sell "medical" pot have been thriving without paying taxes.
Since the chief selling point of full legality was to handle pot the same as tobacco and alcohol, with strong regulation and stiff taxes, there's pressure to get rid of the fraudulent "medical" classification and tax it all. Makes good sense. Why do you need a separate category?
Ah, but the existing "medical" pot businesses don't like that. They've been getting away with tax-free sales, and they don't want to change. In any aspect of human behavior it's always the Delta that counts,
and a negative Delta counts vastly more than a positive Delta.
Needless to say, the Repooflicans in the legislature don't like any tax, even if it's a tax that would irritate the hippieshits.
So we have an interesting convergence between the followers of two Jewish Communist agents provocateurs. The followers of Agent Alisa Rosenbaum (alias "Ayn Rand") hate all taxes. The followers of Agent Gloria Steinman (alias "Gloria Steinem") don't specialize in taxes, but now that they have something to lose, they hate this particular tax.
Needless to say, both Jewish Communist provos started with the same Stalinist divide-and-conquer gambit. Pick a Victim and an Oppressor, train the Victim to believe the Oppressor causes all problems. I am Woman, hear me roar. I am Atlas, hear me roar.
Rosenbaum (alias Rand) had the more difficult task, training boorish nouveau riche parvenus to believe that all their problems are caused by Taxes and Takers. But with the help of acolytes like Rush and Romney, she managed to get the job done.