Cui Bono Mayor Dooley?
Bemused by the empassioned stand of Nelson's Mayor Dooley on a City Council Meeting proposal to Stop the Violence, ie decriminalize and tightly regulate Marijuana as the only sensible way to reduce its harms in Society. One cannot but wonder "cui bono": who stands to gain by his position? The Mayor seems certain of its popular appeal to the voters; now isn't that a bit odd for the small cool Arts Town much sought for its urbane tolerance of public pot and good times? Could it be the economy-first vote, then? How many people in his town are employed by the MJ production and distribution industry? Would legalizing it drive it above-ground and into the rapacious grasp of the taxman, and would this increase its production or choke off all those big and little tax-free jobs worth considerably more than minimum wage (and nobody gets hurt)? ...except those who pay ever more to cover for their share of public services, including the escalating fallout of busts and prosecutions and addiction recovery.
I'm tired of paying their taxes. How about you? Hop on line and join Stop the Violence.