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In the two years since the state legalized the sale and use of marijuana, Kerry County has seen a dramatic increase in marijuana use. This has caused an issue both with Kerry County’s largely older and more-conservative population and with local businesses that complain of the smell. To significantly reduce the use of marijuana within the county, Kerry County plans to implement a 50% sales tax on the sale of marijuana, believing that the higher cost will serve as a deterrent to many local marijuana users.

Each of the following constitutes a reason to believe that Kerry County’s plan will not achieve its goal EXCEPT:

A. Despite the legalization of marijuana, there remains a non-trivial black market for the illegal sale of marijuana in Kerry County.
B. Marijuana use has been most popular among young professionals, a demographic that tends to have a large amount of disposable income.
C. Kerry County already levies similar "sin tax" sales taxes on other recreational drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.
D. Kerry County is among the smallest counties in the state, with no location that is more than a 20-minute drive from a neighboring county.
E. The state law that legalized marijuana also allows residents to grow a small amount of marijuana for personal use.​
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In the two years since the state legalized the sale and use of marijuana, Kerry County has seen a dramatic increase in marijuana use. This has caused an issue both with Kerry County’s largely older and more-conservative population and with local businesses that complain of the smell. To significantly reduce the use of marijuana within the county, Kerry County plans to implement a 50% sales tax on the sale of marijuana, believing that the higher cost will serve as a deterrent to many local marijuana users.

Each of the following constitutes a reason to believe that Kerry County’s plan will not achieve its goal EXCEPT:

A. Despite the legalization of marijuana, there remains a non-trivial black market for the illegal sale of marijuana in Kerry County.
B. Marijuana use has been most popular among young professionals, a demographic that tends to have a large amount of disposable income.
C. Kerry County already levies similar "sin tax" sales taxes on other recreational drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.
D. Kerry County is among the smallest counties in the state, with no location that is more than a 20-minute drive from a neighboring county.
E. The state law that legalized marijuana also allows residents to grow a small amount of marijuana for personal use.​

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Hmm....I struggled between C and E in this question. I picked C in the end but I'm not too confident

Our conclusion is that "higher cost will deter many marijuana users". We are looking for an answer that will NOT weaken the conclusion

A. Will weaken. If there's a black market, users will go to the back market to buy marijuana after the tax increase
B. Will weaken. Since the typical users have a lot money, then they will continue buying the marijuana even if they are more expensive
D. Will weaken. If the county is near other counties, the users can easily go to the other counties to buy marijuana

C. Unsure....we don't know the effects of the law on the other drugs....if the laws worked then it will weaken the argument. If the laws di dnot work, then it willnot weaken the argument.

E. I guess this will weaken it? If you can grow marijuana, then you can just grow it now instead of buying it. The only thing that stopped me is that the answer notes that only "a small amount of marijuana" can be grown and the prompt is talking about the drastic increase of marijuana....so even if a user grows a small amount of marijuana, the user may still be deterred from using a lot of marijuana due to the high costs. but I still think this is a better weakener than C

Interested to hear the OA and explanation between C and E. Thanks!

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New post 20 Aug 2017, 00:25
Will go with C here..

For E- if ppl can grow marijuana ,they no need to worry about sales tax n all..

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D - We don't know whether the other counties sell marijuana or have a illegal network that sells it, the residents can go to other counties but what if marijuana is only available in Kerry county.

C is a 50-50 - If the sin tax is effective then it will strengthen but if not then it will act as a undermining choice.

C vs D - D looks better here

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Hello, please provide the answer of this question.

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D - We don't know whether the other counties sell marijuana or have a illegal network that sells it, the residents can go to other counties but what if marijuana is only available in Kerry county.

C is a 50-50 - If the sin tax is effective then it will strengthen but if not then it will act as a undermining choice.

C vs D - D looks better here


I agree!
Kerry county was always small. It's not that after the legalisation of marijuana, it has become smaller, or anything. Option D is irrelevant. The premise is that after legalisation, people started smoking a lot and local businesses complained about the smell. Now, if people were already going to other counties, the local businesses would stop complaining and maybe people will stop smoking because of the distance, or the effort. They might even smoke in the shop itself (which will be in the other county)
Option C might still have a possibility of weakening, as the population might be used to the "sin tax" and hence the implementation of a 50% tax won't matter much.


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Between C and D, D won't let the plan succeed as 'no' location is more than 20 mins from Kerry county. So if the prices were high , people can go to any neighbouring county to get weed where it might be cheaper. Remember, the whole state has legalised weed. This leaves us with only C.E is negated as people can start growing their own weed if prices become higher.

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anuj11 wrote:
D - We don't know whether the other counties sell marijuana or have a illegal network that sells it, the residents can go to other counties but what if marijuana is only available in Kerry county.

C is a 50-50 - If the sin tax is effective then it will strengthen but if not then it will act as a undermining choice.

C vs D - D looks better here


Hi Anuj,

The answer cannot be D because it says the STATE legalised. So other counties most likely also sell marijuana and since its closeby, the increased taxes to reduce selling of marijuana fails. Hence this weakens the argument.

Hope this helps.

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