Something’s rotten in the State of California. The New York Times recently reported that the budget crisis has forced the city of Oakland to look for unusual ways to raise cash. Their solution: marijuana dispensaries. With a declining tax base and poor business climate brought about by the recession, marijuana dispensaries account for a full three percent of the city’s business tax revenue.Where other municipalities would worry about the long-term consequences of high drug usage in the city, Oakland’s leadership sees opportunity. Acting on this data, city administrators plan to double the number of dispensaries from four to eight, hoping for a corresponding boost to the city budget.While this may seem like an innovative way to expand the tax base, Oakland’s decision strikes us as short-sighted. City funding tied to high marijuana sales is probably not sustainable in the long term, and these taxes are, to put it mildly, no panacea for the deep-seated, structural problems with local government budgets.On the brighter side, late-night pizza parlors will be making a killing.