This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
“Legalize it and tax it,” went the mantra of marijuana advocates trying to mainstream the drug. Washingtonians got the legalization part when they passed Initiative 502; they may not see much of the tax part.
The Liquor Control Board’s new pot consultant, Mark Kleiman, has thrown icy water on giddy projections that the state might collect hundreds of billions of dollars from taxes on legal sales of marijuana.
That’s not likely, Kleiman said, for several reasons. Chief among them is the criminal black market in pot that will continue to lurk in …