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Spitzer’s Cocaine Tax

The Times’ City Room blog points out a bizarre provision among the hundreds of items in Eliot Spitzer’s budget proposal — he wants to impose a $3.50-a-gram tax on marijuana and a $200-a-gram tax on other illegal drugs such as cocaine.

New York City and State combined tax tobacco cigarettes at a rate of $3.00 per pack. Anyone know how many grams of tobacco are in each pack? I’m curious to see whether tobacco or pot will have the higher tax.

Either way, as with tobacco, Spitzer is muscling himself a piece of the drug traffickers’ action. He has an advantage over other thugs in that his gang has the most guns — and badges.

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