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    Breaking News: CA Assemblyman Introduces Legislation To Tax And Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
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    Dear Friend,

    Speaking at a landmark press conference today, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced comprehensive legislation to tax and regulate the commercial production and sale of cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol.

    "With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move towards regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense. This legislation would generate much needed revenue for the state, restrict access to only those over 21, end the environmental damage to our public lands from illicit crops, and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts to more serious crimes", Assemblyman Ammiano said. "California has the opportunity to be the first state in the nation to enact a smart, responsible public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana."

    The proposal is the first marijuana legalization bill ever introduced in California.

    "It's time for California taxpayers to stop wasting money trying to enforce marijuana prohibition, and to realize the tax benefits from a legal, regulated market instead," said Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, a sponsor of the bill.

    As introduced, Ammiano's measure would allow for the licensed production and sale of cannabis to consumers age 21 and over. Licensed cultivators would pay an excise tax of $50 per ounce of cannabis. In addition, the proposal would impose a sales tax on commercial sales. (Ammiano's proposal would not affect the state's medical marijuana law, allowing patients and caregivers to grow their own medicine.)

    If enacted, the measure would raise over $1 billion per year in state revenue, according to an economic analysis by California NORML, available online here: http://www.canorml.org/background/CA_legalization2.html

    Ammiano's bill comes at a time of growing public support for legalizing marijuana. A recent Zogby poll reported that nearly six in ten west coast voters support taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. Faced with a $40 billion budget deficit, other public officials have joined in endorsing Ammiano's bill, including San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessy and Betty Yee, a member of the State Board of Equalization, which oversees collection of sales taxes.

    Currently, tens of millions of dollars are paid annually in state and local taxes by licensed distributors of medical marijuana. However, these sales only represent a fraction of the overall statewide marijuana market. "The millions of dollars raised each on the sales of medicinal cannabis is only the tip of the iceberg," Gieringer said. "Kudos to Assemblyman Ammiano for proposing a path-breaking bill that would benefit our economy, safety and freedom by making marijuana a winning proposition for California."

    Sincerely,
    The NORML Team http://norml.org/

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    I've advocated it for years even though I don't use it. It just makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    I've advocated it for years even though I don't use it. It just makes sense.
    I'm with you. I don't use it but the simple fact is that it's a goldmine in tax revenue, especially in California. The only thing is you would have to regulate it in such a manner that people don't use it while working, even on breaks, especially if they operate machinery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    I'm with you. I don't use it but the simple fact is that it's a goldmine in tax revenue, especially in California. The only thing is you would have to regulate it in such a manner that people don't use it while working, even on breaks, especially if they operate machinery.
    What's to stop a person from getting blazed before going to work and operating said machinery?

    I'm a former professional toker who only quit because I thought that was what you were supposed to do when you got older. That and the possibility of losing my job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hagarfn View Post
    What's to stop a person from getting blazed before going to work and operating said machinery?
    that's probably one of the reasons why it hasn't been legalized. It's hard to regulate those types of scenarios.

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    but is that any different than someone copping an alcohol buzz before going to work?

    Legalise marijuana, and legalise prostitution while you're at it. We already pay Congress to fuck us, so what difference is it if somebody wants to pay some broad? Let's get those taxes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    but is that any different than someone copping an alcohol buzz before going to work?

    Legalise marijuana, and legalise prostitution while you're at it. We already pay Congress to fuck us, so what difference is it if somebody wants to pay some broad? Let's get those taxes!
    actually that's already in legislation with San Francisco. Seriously.

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    Yeah, I don't really see a difference in someone getting tanked before work and getting buzzed. If a person is going to, they're going to...hell, some probably are now with it being illegal.

    Make it legal and tax it....probably save billions alone in DEA agents no longer having to be searching for the damn stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    that's probably one of the reasons why it hasn't been legalized. It's hard to regulate those types of scenarios.
    exactly. There's no current test to measure "how high you are" like blood alcohol levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    but is that any different than someone copping an alcohol buzz before going to work?

    Legalise marijuana, and legalise prostitution while you're at it. We already pay Congress to fuck us, so what difference is it if somebody wants to pay some broad? Let's get those taxes!
    Doesnt sound much different to me. We're not supposed to be driving/working/using a fuckin crane while drunk. Same should go for weed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    actually that's already in legislation with San Francisco. Seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    exactly. There's no current test to measure "how high you are" like blood alcohol levels.
    Yes there is. It's called a Twinkie.
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    So by passing this law, we would see an increase in sales in vending machines and also would see an equal increase the stealing from childens lunch boxes.

 

 

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