Three arrested in raid of Santa Rosa pot operation
May 5, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Press Democrat
don't bogart that pot
This is why we need to pass the TAX, CONTROL AND REGULATE CANNABIS 2010
If Santa Rosa EITHER wants to allow cannabis activities or does not want anything to do with it, They need to vote yes on 2010. Two main reasons. If they regulate and tax and control it they, as other cities are looking into, could charge a fee of say 50 to 100 dollars a plant. They could collect other fees on the retail and wholesale side as well. The control side could make sure other issues like stealing power and having guns or criminal records are dealt with. Cannabis is not the problem, it's how we deal with it.
Now if the city wants nothing to do with it, which is completely understandable. they can finally create rules and regulation about cannabis and not worry about getting sued. In fact I would hope it would be about a fifty-fifty thing where some towns may decide to allow Dispensaries, Amsterdam style coffee houses and legal grows where it can return to outside cultivation allowing a smaller carbon footprint. This grow here could have brought in over $100,000 in new taxes. Even though Nobody would approve of these types of house gutting neighborhood grows.
The second reason. I will cut and paste a letter from a former Judge about his position on tax cannabis 2010.
I served as a Superior Court judge in Orange County for 25 years, so I was on the front lines of California's war on cannabis for a long time.
Here's what I learned:
California simply can't afford to continue to waste hundreds of millions of dollars and countless hours of law enforcement time targeting non-violent cannabis consumers who have hurt no one.
That's why I strongly support the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010.
In order to spread the word about the November initiative, I've recorded a one-minute video called "Prioritize." I hope you'll take a moment to watch it -- and just as importantly, share it with your friends and family.
Click here to watch the video!
It isn't every day that conservative columnist George Will and liberal pundit Arianna Huffington agree on something. But they do agree that our war on cannabis has failed. That's because no matter what political lens you look through, it's crystal clear that our current cannabis policies are wrong.
Our police waste countless hours targeting and arresting non-violent cannabis consumers. Those arrested are then sent to court, where judges waste countless hours hearing their cases and sentencing them. Then they wind up in jail, where we waste hundreds of millions of dollars incarcerating them.
On top of this, we have thousands of people in state prisons simply because they smoked marijuana while on parole. This often puts their families back on welfare when they are placed back in prison.
Yet none of this stops anyone from consuming cannabis. It doesn't make our communities safer. It just doesn't make sense.
California has an historic opportunity in November to change all of this. We've got to seize it.
Please take a moment to watch my short video -- and then forward this email to your friends and family.
I'm optimistic that we can win in November, but only if we get active and educate California voters about the initiative.
Judge Jim Gray (ret.)
Proponent, Control & Tax Cannabis 2010
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