With all due respect, that is exactly what I don't want. I don't want the government in charge of the creation and distribution. In no time the gig will be rigged for the benefit of only a few large manufacturers/distributors ala the three tiered system for beer (watch the documentary "Beer Wars" by a former Sam Adams VP) that locks out smaller breweries from getting much, if any, cooler space in stores.
Whether people are for or against pot the fact is it is a plant that a personal user could grow for their own supply and distribute the rest, the total being (personal/sell) affixed to a yield limit. Create tax stamps that need to be paid for in advance by the grower and if anyone is caught with a standardized "baggie" that doesn't have said stamp affixed then a HUGE fine is imposed. The key is the tax duty is on the user. If you have a tax stamp then you are in the clear. If you don't then you've got a problem. In the end the government gets their bread, the smoker gets a huge marketplace to choose from and the power of pot cartels go out the window (and a good majority of the corresponding crime.)
Sure the cartels would shake down some larger sellers but anyone that has their own small circle of pot growing friends will have a self-perpetuating supply and would be more than happy to deal with friends vs. fringe criminal elements and thus would actually abide by the tax stamp requirement. There would still need to be law enforcement but it would be aimed primarily at the cartel levels. Government income, less crime, better quality.
lol, for a common weed that would grow in a parking lot if left unattended?
Legalize it, embrace it and lets make some good rope.