Now, did alcohol prohibition's repeal create a bigger black market? Nationwide? Because I don't see any truth to the claim that repealing MJ prohibition would create a bigger black market. Am I mistaken? Can you point me to any sources that show that the black market for alcohol grew bigger upon legalization? Is there any proof of this assumption? I'm asking with genuine interest. I get the point re: NYC but not everywhere is going to tax it like NYC will. Green Gold: Theory Wellness Banks $17 Million In First Six Months Selling Pot In Berkshires Seventeen million dollars is a lot of money. Money that went to a legit business that employs 130 people at that location alone (and is currently expanding). And I read in a local newspaper that they're cutting a check to the town for around one million in tax revenue. ^I don't see how the black market could have gotten bigger in MA when that much money is being spent on legal products. As an aside, Theory has said that roughly 50% of its income is from New Yorkers. In the newspaper article I read, the financial director of the company urged people to not get used to that kind of revenue, because once NY legalizes, their profits could be cut in half. I thoroughly understand that high taxes lead to a black market. That should be part of the discussion re: legalization. You'll hear no argument from me that they're taxing it way too much. But bigger black market is quite the assumption considering 100% of the proceeds in 40 states go to the black market right now. 100% of them. ETA definitely must admit, after reading that article you posted, I had no idea the black market for cigs specifically was that big of a thing in NYC.