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Feb 24 - California introduces bill to legalize pot
 

 

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California a.ssemblyman Ammiano introduces bill to legalize pot

Bay City News Service
Posted: 02/23/2009 11:36:10 AM PST

State a.ssemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, announced today he has introduced legislation to legalize and tax marijuana in the state of California.

AB 390 would require that all sales of marijuana be made by licensed sellers and that sales be taxed $50 per ounce. It would also forbid sales to anyone under 21.

"With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move towards regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense," Ammiano said at a morning news conference at the state building on Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.

Ammiano said the law, if passed, could generate more than $1.3 billion in much-needed revenue for the state.

"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," he said.

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 http://www.guardian.co.uk .. on-legislation

Posted by Daniel Nasaw in Washington
Tuesday 24 February 2009 16.58 GMT


A California state a.ssemblyman from San Francisco has introduced legislation that would legalise and tax marijuana, a move he hopes will help shore up the state's dire finances.

The bill by San Francisco representative Tom Ammiano, would legalise the cultivation, possession and sale of marijuana by people 21 and older. It would charge growers and wholesalers a $5,000 (£3,400) initial franchise fee and a $2,500 annual renewal fee, and would levy a $50 per ounce fee on retailers.

The law, which would make California the first state to legalise marijuana, would inject an estimated $13bn a year in revenue into California's empty coffers. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed a $130bn budget that raises sales and income taxes, and dramatically slashes spending. States across the country are facing massive revenue shortfalls, as income and real estate tax receipts fall and outlays for unemployment insurance and health coverage rise.

"It is simply nonsensical that California's largest agricultural industry is completely unregulated and untaxed," Marijuana Policy Project California policy director Aaron Smith said at a news conference announcing the bill. "With our state in an ongoing fiscal crisis — and no one believes the new budget is the end of California's financial woes — it's time to bring this major piece of our economy into the light of day."

California Republicans seem to oppose the bill.

"I think substance abuse is just ruining our society," a.ssemblyman Paul Cook told a California newspaper, as if it were slothful dope-heads and not, say, gluttonous financial services executives that had wrecked our economy. "I can't support that."

The bill is the first of its kind in California, according to Marijuana Policy Project communications director Bruce Mirken, who cites research showing that marijuana is America's largest cash crop.

I can't predict if this bill will pass, or even get out of committee. (Note that in Pumping Iron, the champion bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger famously tokes on what appears to be a joint, while reclining on a weight bench). But it is certainly one of many legalisation efforts to come.

In his fantastic book on generational marketing, The Age Curve, demographer Kenneth Grombach predicts that as the dope-friendly baby boom generation takes power from the far more conservative "silent generation" born between 1925 and 1945, marijuana will become legal "very soon":

Wait until marijuana is legal. The former hippies will come out of the woodwork to try a little taste of the weed again.

The Sacramento Bee conveniently captured one of the main, and most spurious, arguments against legalisation:

Theresa Loya, 43, of Mariposa, said the bill indirectly could affect children.
"I'm afraid it would send the wrong message – that drugs are OK," she said.

Does Ms Loya fear children might get the idea one can smoke some dope and become, say, president of the United States, or the greatest swimmer of all time?

One hurdle to legalisation: federal law would still outlaw it.

President Barack Obama, who has acknowledged smoking pot in his younger years, has said he does not favour legalisation of marijuana, but has indicated he would end federal drug enforcement agency raids on medical marijuana suppliers in states that allow it.

Since 1996, 13 states have enacted laws allowing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. California was the first.


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156 comments for "Feb 23 - California introduces bill to legalize pot"

 9 years ago '06        #2
illathruz 65 heat pts65
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$50 an ounce tax... so thats like an additional $1.80 per gram...

i wonder what the retail price will be
 02-23-2009, 02:59 PM         #3
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i would move to cali. just for that privelege.
i smoke so much i need it to be legal
 9 years ago '04        #4
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uummm....wow....simply wow.....

now if the fed. government would fu*king follow suit..... sh*t would be cool!
 02-23-2009, 03:16 PM         #5
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ehhh



good idea for making $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

but i have a feeling its a bad idea at the same timeee....hmmmmm
 9 years ago '04        #6
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Im moving to cali!
 02-23-2009, 03:24 PM         #7
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 TonyGT said:
ehhh



good idea for making $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

but i have a feeling its a bad idea at the same timeee....hmmmmm
how the fu*k is this a bad idea. seriously you take control from drug lords and gangs and give it 2 the gov't.

anyone who did drugs takes this surbey and we'll finally come upo with what truely is the gateway drug.


Which one of these did you use first?
a) Tabacco
b)Alcohol
c) Marijuana
d) XTC

and no strugglers come and put e) none of the above
 9 years ago '08        #8
The N 466 heat pts466
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Drug lords will be broke
 02-23-2009, 03:35 PM         #9
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 The N said:
Drug lords will be broke
which will actually be a good thing when it comes to crime here.
money will be made.
but who knows its effects..guess it would be no different than alcohol now right?
 02-23-2009, 03:36 PM         #10
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50 an ounce..hope thats on the high priced bud..like dude said above...how can you make money..Not unless wholesale prices are cheaper

Probably gonna be some little a.ss bags (some 1 gram dime bag sh*t), forcing you to get the fat bags off the street anyway.

and they gonna have sales tax.So If i buy A dime bag, its gonna end up costing 10.80?


I'm all for legalizing weed...It will help the economy..My uncle owns a store and he says he makes enough profit alone off cigars to keep his store open.
(I think he's exaggerating slightly )

So imagine what weed could do for the economy..


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 02-23-2009, 03:36 PM         #11
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 The N said:
Drug lords will be broke
Nah just more cocaine
 02-23-2009, 03:40 PM         #12
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If this passes, I wonder what you gotta do to become a licensed seller..

If you got to take a test I'll make a perfect score...and be high as hell too.
 9 years ago '04        #13
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damn i was already planing on moven out ther in may so this jus makes it even better!!!

wish a state in the south would do this
 9 years ago '06        #14
Icee 33 heat pts33
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what about my business?
 02-23-2009, 04:03 PM         #15
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 dre4dollas said:
If this passes, I wonder what you gotta do to become a licensed seller..

If you got to take a test I'll make a perfect score...and be high as hell too.
You probably have to be connected.

Unfortunately it would still go against federal law. But hopefully Obama can CHANGE that.
 02-23-2009, 04:04 PM         #16
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PA wheres your bill for this sh*t?
 9 years ago '06        #17
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so stupid, congrats to all the herb smokers, but this would do MUCH MORE HARM than good....total GATEWAY, next thing we gonna do is legalize coke, yeaaaaaaaaaaa thats smart
 9 years ago '06        #18
Yung Dilla 1478 heat pts1478
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 youngwun06 said:
Im moving to cali!

 JHAE_74 said:
damn i was already planing on moven out ther in may so this jus makes it even better!!!

wish a state in the south would do this
WELCOME TO MY CITY LADY'S AND GENTS


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 9 years ago '04        #19
notoriousthugzz 41 heat pts41
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 daffysm said:
so stupid, congrats to all the herb smokers, but this would do MUCH MORE HARM than good....total GATEWAY, next thing we gonna do is legalize coke, yeaaaaaaaaaaa thats smart
youre an idiot

people like you are the reason marijuana is illegal in the first place.

how would legalizing marijuana lead to the legalization of cocaine?

im baffled
 9 years ago '04        #20
Yung C 
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This would be huge for the state! but it wont pass, tobacco and alcohol will throw big $$$ to make sure it wont happen....

and they are talking about taxing the medical dispensaries.... so not anyone and everyone can be a "dealer" loll :dancingcool:
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