Not convinced the world can work that way. People still drove an hour or more, weekly, to play the lottery in Virginia. People who smoke weed are not going to NOT do it because it's illegal in this state. And online gambling has opened up a semi legal world of gambling to millions who only had access though a greasy backdoor. I don't condone, not participate in any of it. Don't plan to....other than the random powerball ticket with friends. But I don't think having a lottery is bankrupting poor people. Like I said about gambling, those who already do it, are doing it online through easy to jump hurdles. I don't think the state grabbing their share of taxes from it changes anything. Just my opinion though.Voting for something sure to hurt the most vulnerable citizens is morally not easy to justify.
I understand and respect your argument, but most studies on this subject have shown that the vast majority of money that goes into legal sorts betting in states that have added legal sports books was money that was already been spent in that market. In other words, you're largely doing two things when you legalize sports betting in your state ... allowing those who leave the state to bet to stay home to do so and moving illegal betting into a regulated legal environment.Voting for something sure to hurt the most vulnerable citizens is morally not easy to justify.
I disagree to some extent. If you make it legal more people will do it than if it’s not legal.Here's the better for society argument...
When you tax and regulate a "vice," that vice hurts fewer people and benefits society as a whole. It's why there is an argument for legalizing most drugs and prostitution. If someone is going to have sex with a prostitute, wouldn't it be better if that prostitute was licensed, tested regularly for STDs, works for a company that provides benefits, etc.? When you want to buy weed, isn't it better to do so from a dispensary where you have much less of a chance of being ripped off, having the weed laced with fentanyl, etc.?
It's why raising the drinking age from 18 to 21 was a terrible idea. When the age was 18, most 18- to 20-year-olds drank in bars where their behavior was more easily regulated. Now, they still drink, but in unsupervised gatherings that has led to an epidemic of binge drinking.
Hey Jim...for Exhibit A example I fondly remember the Peach variety! For Exhibit B, the business card left behind by Barney Fife atop one of those plants!!! And for Exhibit C...I'll lay down $1000 that Roddy is back behind the bench for the Canes next year!And some people grow their own and distill their own...Bootlegging is a crime because the state isn't making taxes off the product. I'd put some locally distilled spirits up against anything in the ABC store for smoothness & drinkability, also knockdown power...though flavor, not as much. Some here have sampled what I'm talking about
More weed is grown regionally than some realize. There's not as much money in government coffers for spotter plane fuel right now, thought satellite imagery is pretty effective and has taken up some spotting duties. No taxes are collected off the product at all.
I guess my point is, just like gambling, it's going to be done if the state gets their piece or not. North Carolina entered the lottery because so much cash was flowing out of state that they weren't getting a piece of. Think about revenue and taxes from alcohol sales alone in North Carolina and how much hurt the state budget might feel without it. People are going to find a way to do what they choose to do. Regardless if it's good for citizen's health or not, the state should offer some avenue to do what the residents are going to do anyway to reap some tax money off it. Not saying open fentanyl dispenseries are the way to go, but just like alcohol and the lottery, set limits, hours, regulations, & make money off it.
A far cry from the epic family battles of my youth in my back yard in western NC. And nobody in the clip ended up with the telltale waffle pattern on their butt after a brotherly match devolved into chaos Good timesThis is the most incredible badminton match you'll ever see