I know that some of you have an obsession with drug legalization, especially when it comes to marijuana. Some of you may be thinking of supporting the Oregon Canabis Tax Act ballot initiative. Don't.
Smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom is the libertarian creed. The OCTA violates two of those principles immediately and that's assuming that smoking pot is a "freedom."
From Oregon NORML:
"OCTA will raise money for the general fund..."
"...to sell cannabis, one must apply for an OLCCC license and one may only sell to the state liquor stores."
"The OCTA initiative does not designate a percent taxation on pot products, those numbers will fall to state regulation". (WWeek quote)
If there is a libertarian battle to be fought here it's to make the argument that the OLCC should be abolished, not to give them more authority to tax, regulate and sell products.