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Plan to Tax and Legalize Pot Offered Amid California's Cash Crunch


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: marijuana, drugs, taxes, government, economy, politics, money, consumers, green, eco-friendly, medicine, health )

Tom
- 3772 days ago - alternet.org
California state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has announced the introduction of legislation to tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcoholic beverages. The bill is the first of its kind ever introduced in California....



   

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Dalia H (1280)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 6:50 pm
Noted with thanks dearest Tom:)
Love, Black Dalia:)
 

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 7:07 pm
Estimates based on federal government statistics have shown marijuana to be California’s top cash crop, valued at approximately $14 billion in 2006 — nearly twice the combined value of the state’s number two and three crops, vegetables ($5.7 billion) and grapes ($2.6 billion) — in spite of massive “eradication” efforts that wipe out an average of nearly 36,000 cultivation sites per year without making a dent in this underground industry.

Think of the savings involved in releasing everyone convicted for this, and the prison $$ that could be put into more productive use.

Think of the tax dollars that could be generated to help balance the books..
 

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 7:18 pm
This will make alot of people happy. Thanks Tom.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 7:43 pm
Grow Your Own, Stuff The Economy ... It Needs To Go Broke & collapse For REAL Change To Begin!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 10:39 pm
Tax.....? It's a plant.Tsk....How times have changed....Drinking has caused far more trouble than pot through the years.Come now...This is California.Much more important problems to work out...and you can't tell me the Governator hasn't smoked a few leaves throughout his...illustrious...career...
 

Elderberry T (201)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 7:40 am
No Tax Just legalise TY Tom
 

JULIE ANN Z (247)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 8:00 am
you cant legalize anything without taxing it. It definitely would make a lot of poeple happy, and if it was controlled and taxed would certianly bring in some taxe dollars.
I am not sure I agree with legalizing Pot, but it would solve alot of problems but also cause alot more of them.
 

Arielle S (313)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 8:34 am
Makes sense to me!
 

Gwen M (236)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 10:45 am
Sounds like a great idea to me....they should have done it years ago.
 

Pete m (67)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 12:18 pm
Noted, thanks again Tom!
 

Madeleine L (51)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 12:27 pm
Check out the REAL cause of criminalization of Marijana....Look of Hearst and his patent on wood bleaching. He didn't want Hemp or Marijuana legalized because it woulod cut his profits. Brainwahing did the rest...SO much money is wasted on police involvement and jailing. It could all be reversed like prohibition of alcohol's reversal generated so much tax money. Alcohol and Nicotine cause SO MANY more healthproblems and death!
 

Lynne L (71)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 2:53 pm
LEGALIZE ONLY.
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 4:25 pm
Sorry, Eric, your statement is not entirely accurate. Please see this link below....

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=2735017
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 27, 2009, 10:01 am
What else could they put tax on? Air, water, lifetime, windows, sex, the size of your ....?
 

Mark G (36)
Friday February 27, 2009, 12:57 pm
Great idea and should happen but will not. The Fed's (ie Obama administration) would step in and enforce the federal anti-drug laws regardless of the state laws. This is exactly what happened when the California medical marijuana law was passed during the Clinton administration. The Clinton admin threatened doctors with federal prosecution. The Obama is not a "states rights" leaning administration by any means. In fact they are the opposite.
 

JASMIN HORST S (14)
Friday February 27, 2009, 1:11 pm
What a sensible idea, was somebody smoking pot, yes the money saved,chasing this petty crime, and the tax revenue, should make the outcome rewarding for all, I am partial I admit, for the Cannabis leaf, is part of my family heritage, when in the days smoking rope, I mean making rope, it had another use also ha,
 

Leigh B (211)
Friday February 27, 2009, 3:09 pm
Pot needs to be legalized in all states. What a boom to stimulate the economy, create jobs. Get the focus off marijuana and focus more on more lethal illegal drugs (cocaine, heroin, crack, crank, etc.) As a lupus suffer marijuana has helped me more than the pain meds I am taking now, which I believe if the reason my liver enzymes are high. Marijuana would greatly benefit those suffereing from chronic and incurable diseases. I believe marijuana is much safer than alcohol. From all of my research, no one has ever had lung cancer associated with smoking marijuana. Get the tobacco growers back in business by growing marijuana. I could go on and on because this is an issue close to my heart. With President Obama stating he would decriminalize marijuana, maybe it has a chance to be legalized in all states. Yes We Can!
 

US Veteran (95)
Friday February 27, 2009, 7:17 pm
Legalize and Decriminalize Marijuana for Medicinal and Recreational use.
Prohibit War not Pot.
Peace.
 

Tom M (814)
Saturday February 28, 2009, 6:23 am
This just In - Marijuana Milestone: No More Raids on Pot Dispensaries, Says Attorney General Eric Holder
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 3:02 am
I walk by two pot clubs in San Francisco every day. They're clean, well-managed, and responsible operations. There are no shady characters loitering, or happenings on the street to even attract attention to their existence.
This may even be a boon for California agriculture; too many of the cash crops, such as rice and cotton are using too much water - a diminishing resource.
This is long overdue!

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 9:33 pm
I walk by two pot clubs in San Francisco every day. They're clean, well-managed, and responsible operations. There are no shady characters loitering, or happenings on the street to even attract attention to their existence.
This may even be a boon for California agriculture; too many of the cash crops, such as rice and cotton are using too much water - a diminishing resource.
This is long overdue!
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