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California Weighs Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana

There are 1557 comments on the snafu-ed.blogspot.com story from Feb 23, 2009, titled California Weighs Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana. In it, snafu-ed.blogspot.com reports that:

In 1996, California became the first start to legalize medical marijuana. As cash-strapped as the state is, all bets are off. Assembly Bill AB 390 would legalize --- and tax --- marijuana sales in California.

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“"I'm A Great American!"”

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Obama Nation! USA! USA!

#2 Feb 23, 2009
Can't wait to see the commercials for marijuana.

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illinois

#3 Feb 23, 2009
Yo Taxi!!
hippiecrits

Tallahassee, FL

#5 Feb 23, 2009
I'm moving to California!
The only state with any sense whatsoever!
GREAT Idea! 40+ billion dollar deficit?
Let's tax weed!
BRILLIANT! They should legalize commercial hemp!
Budha ya herd

Melbourne, FL

#6 Feb 23, 2009
California has always been ahead of the times. Weed's probably one of their highest cash crops, in reality. Good for them.
hippiecrits

Tallahassee, FL

#7 Feb 23, 2009
1. Billions generated from the tax.
2. Billions saved by freeing up the prison system.
3. Billions saved from enforcement costs.
4. Billions saved from court costs.
5. Billions generated from people that can pay taxes instead of sitting in prison.

Obama, Are you paying attention?

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MSE

Mansfield, OH

#8 Feb 23, 2009
How is this going to work with the Federal laws being different then the state laws? I think it would make sense in our economy to do this but I was just wondering because of what the artical said.
Dray

United States

#9 Feb 23, 2009
$50.00 an ounce tax, You can buy an ounce in Dallas for $50.00 all day long. So if that were here ti would efectively double the price of a sack. People would still buy it from thier local dealer and bypass the tax. That is why government can't run or control anything with reasonable success. They do not have a clue about the real world or how it works.

Ryk

“Bread and circuses anyone?”

Since: Jan 08

BF Egypt

#10 Feb 23, 2009
Excellent! I always believed that Oregon would be the state to lead the way in legal weed but I don't begrudge the honor to our southern neighbor.
The funny thing is that I don't smoke marijuana and won't even if it is made legal. I just hate stupid, unconstitutional and destructive laws.

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#11 Feb 23, 2009
PooPoo Platter wrote:
Can't wait to see the commercials for marijuana.
Operators are standing by...well, sort of.
The One

Fellsmere, FL

#12 Feb 23, 2009
I think they should legalize it, but its still illegal in the federal governements eyes...This means if CA goes against DC, they would get less federal money for crossing DC...DC needs to get on board or it probably won't make much sense...
MSE

Mansfield, OH

#13 Feb 23, 2009
The One wrote:
I think they should legalize it, but its still illegal in the federal governements eyes...This means if CA goes against DC, they would get less federal money for crossing DC...DC needs to get on board or it probably won't make much sense...
That's what I was thinking .

Ryk

“Bread and circuses anyone?”

Since: Jan 08

BF Egypt

#14 Feb 23, 2009
The One wrote:
I think they should legalize it, but its still illegal in the federal governements eyes...This means if CA goes against DC, they would get less federal money for crossing DC...DC needs to get on board or it probably won't make much sense...
They may be willing to bet that the revenue would exceed what they would lose from the fed and gain more freedom for the state in the bargain.

“you are what you eat”

Since: Jan 09

the twilight zone

#15 Feb 23, 2009
There are about 6 people in the US that receive marijuana from the FEDERAL government and have a federal medical marijuana license for life. The government claimed that marijuana was "bad" because it was actually too GOOD. Nixon started the for profit insurance companies, which boosted the pharmaceutical industry and private practice medical professions. This means mucho dinero for those involved. Lobbyists will go nutso over this type of move. Hopefully California will lead the nation in breaking out of the fear state status.
hijos delos conijos

Baltimore, MD

#16 Feb 23, 2009
there would be enough consumers in californiya alone.
onahi2tx

United States

#18 Feb 23, 2009
thank god somebody out west has some common sence.
tax it to fight hard drugs. save money locking up
weed smokers, lock up pedophiles, murders and rapist. arnold for president, hell the real estate market will rebound i'd move. while i'm here pull out of wars america bring our boys home. we're spending 1.7 million a week we should be spending that here saving our economy. use that money to enforce our boarders to keep us safe at home rather than fighting a pointless war we'll never win.......cause ya can't fight crazy.
opinions

United States

#19 Feb 23, 2009
California and the city can tax the following higher:

-medical marijuana
-cigarettes
-alcohol
-gambling winnings
-abandoned shopping carts
-littering
-spitting and urinating in public
-hummers
-luxury cars
-etc.

“you are what you eat”

Since: Jan 09

the twilight zone

#20 Feb 23, 2009
onahi2tx wrote:
thank god somebody out west has some common sence.
tax it to fight hard drugs. save money locking up
weed smokers, lock up pedophiles, murders and rapist. arnold for president, hell the real estate market will rebound i'd move. while i'm here pull out of wars america bring our boys home. we're spending 1.7 million a week we should be spending that here saving our economy. use that money to enforce our boarders to keep us safe at home rather than fighting a pointless war we'll never win.......cause ya can't fight crazy.
California will end up being an independent nation and arnie will be president. I agree, crazy war.

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#21 Feb 23, 2009
Not to mention the increased sales in cat food - or ANY DAMN THING!
The REAL Deal

Huntington, WV

#22 Feb 23, 2009
Freedom is much more expensive than weed.

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Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#23 Feb 23, 2009
Dray wrote:
$50.00 an ounce tax, You can buy an ounce in Dallas for $50.00 all day long. So if that were here ti would efectively double the price of a sack. People would still buy it from thier local dealer and bypass the tax. That is why government can't run or control anything with reasonable success. They do not have a clue about the real world or how it works.
Just like prohibition, the legalizing will bring the price down. Dealers would have no incentive to compete with drugstore prices.

And any government with an economist would know they would have to make the tax some amount that doesn't make illegal sales all that profitable.

With that said, even the dent from illegal cigarette sales doesn't put a dent in the revenue made from gov tax on the cigs.

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