Guest Column - The high and hidden cost of legal marijuana

Fred Van Dyke

In November 2018, Michigan will see a new ballot initiative, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, whose purpose is to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use. Proponents of this initiative will tell us that everyone will benefit from legalization through a 10 percent excise tax plus the regular six percent sales tax that will support schools, repair roads and bridges, and increase health benefits for veterans. But none of these payments will cover the true cost of marijuana use.

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