Pay off the HST shortfall with marijuana. Prohibition doesn’t work, in fact has cost more than it was worth.
In the last 40 years, we’ve spent significant amounts of money to control the growing and sale of, arrest, prosecute, and send marijuana dealers to the joint, as it were. Imagine the cost to society and to families affected. Simply legalize the drug, regulate it and tax it.
Such a move would reduce the number of police officers used for enforcement, eliminate a huge number of prison beds allocated for drug offenders and add dollars to the public coffers.
Legalize, regulate, consume and tax marijuana. It’s one way to pay off the $2.2 billion shortfall caused by scrapping the HST.