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The California Cannabis Experiment

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— John Dillon

As you may have heard on NPR or in other news venues, the people of California will be faced with a ballot referendum later this year on whether to legalize sale of marijuana for purely recreational purposes.

The state already has its share of “medical cannabis” suppliers and users.

Why legalize Mother Nature? TAX REVENUE.

California is broke, and this really boils down to a “Cannabis Tax Reform Issue.” Sell the stuff and tax the heck out of it. Individuals could purchase up to one ounce at a time, although it should not be consumed in public places.

The initiative is polling well so far. It stands a fair chance of passage, and could raise tens of millions of dollars a year to help keep schools open, pave roads and pay for essential services.

And here we are in the mid-South, also struggling with budget issues. Alas, more than half of the counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky have yet to lift alcohol Prohibition.

Oh, well. It will be interesting to see if California does pass this measure; whether it will benefit the public overall; and if new waves of surfer dudes will turn to paying their taxes for weed and then eat Doritos by the bagful on the couch.


Written by JD

March 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. There’s been so much said about the legalization and taxation of cannabis that I don’t think anything I could bring would be of much immediate value.

    But I will say that I believe people should take the prospect of it seriously. The benefits are there, as well as potential consequences. This is no longer the hazy dream of hemp wearing couch pototoes and deserves an honest discussion.

    Alex Lane

    April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

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