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Germantown, MD

Lawmakers Want to Reduce Scope of 'Overreaching' Bag Tax

I HATE this stupid $0.05 cent charge per bag. It's not just the grocery store or the drug store. If you get a sandwich at Subway or Quiznos they don't give you one of those long bags that holds the sub...you just get it rapped in paper unless you want to pay the nickel. At first I didn't care about this because I figured "it's just a nickel". But it's really adding up. For instance, Safeway has the worlds worst quality plastic bags. By the time I get my groceries home, there are at least two broken handles, and about 80% of the bags have holes in them. When carrying ones groceries, a handle breaking causes the bag to spill it's contents onto the ground. As for the holes, I like to use these plastic bags for my small trash cans at home. If they have holes in them, I just end up with more trash. It's so nice every time I'm in another county to get surprised with not being charged for a stupid bag. I mean, who is requesting bags just to go outside and throw them on the ground? Honestly, I never knew this was even a minor problem. I'm not even joking when I say the only time I remember seeing a bag littered on the ground was in the movie "American Beauty".  (May 6, 2013 | post #1)

Germantown, MD

Marijuana - Germantown, MD

Maryland passed a bill last month that made possession of medical marijuana (10 grams or less) punishable by a maximum of a $100 fine. That's a hell of a lot better maximum than up to $1000 and a year in jail. Though I don't know how one gets a prescription exactly. It seems that the main problem is the Fed desperately trying to save face. The government and the DEA know they will never will this war against weed, and they know they don't need to because it's a pretty harmless drug. Not to mention the benefits to the government. In 2010, California took in $250 million in tax on medical marijuana. If the federal government could just admit they were wrong and legalize it across the board, everyone would be much better off. Though I do think it needs to be regulated like alcohol is and kept out of kids hands. I know first hand that smoking too much as a teenager can cause problems. Still though, even with this new law, who wants to risk getting caught living this close to Washington? Sure, you may only get a $100 fine from the local court, but the federal government can still send you to jail.  (May 6, 2013 | post #33)

Germantown, MD

Marijuana - Germantown, MD

For Christ's sake, marijuana is nearly harmless whereas alcohol is extremely toxic yet it's not only legal, it's use is encouraged. If marijuana were legal, imagine the resources freed up from pursing it as a crime. I personally don't smoke it, but I did a lot when I was younger and I never had a single issues with it. People who aren't subject to drug tests will smoke it if they want to anyway and it harms no one. This is not to mention the government could have their cake and eat it too by making a fortune from the taxes it would bring in. So lots of tax dollars, extra government resources, and happy citizens. Where's the problem? Oh yeah, nothing ever gets done in government.  (Nov 14, 2012 | post #19)

Germantown, MD

Marijuana - Germantown, MD

For Christ's sake, marijuana is nearly harmless whereas alcohol is extremely toxic yet it's not only legal, it's use is encouraged. If marijuana were legal, imagine the resources freed up from pursing it as a crime. This is not to mention the government could have their cake and eat it too by making a fortune from the taxes it would bring in. So lots of tax dollars, extra government resources, and happy citizens. . Where's the problem? Oh yeah, nothing ever gets done in government.  (Nov 14, 2012 | post #18)