WEed Need YOU!

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To me it just seems too easy not to legalize marijuana and treat it exactly like tobacco and alcohol. It seems idiotic to not legalize it and reap the enormous tax profit the state would be collecting. Think about it, how many people do you know that smoke that would be willing to purchase legalized weed and pay the tax gladly. Our state would flourish with streets of gold with all the revenues that would generate. This may sound pricey to the local stoner who scrapes together what he can to get a sack but this would actually cause the legalized marijuana to compete with street prices which would lead to cheaper prices! You would still have to pay tax so the prices would have to be adjusted accordingly. Having said all that we are on the brink of a new age. With assembly bill 390, The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannibus Act of 2010 and The Tax, Regulate and Control Act of 2010 on the upcoming voting block we need everyone to be involved! This is a serious issue that could change our state and potentially country and rid us from these debts. Wouldn’t it be ironic if WEED was the cause of our state and nation rising up out of this recession? Each of these different initiatives have different plans as follows:

Assembly Bill 390: Introduced in February by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, it would legalize marijuana cultivation, sales, possession and use by people 21 and older, regulating it somewhat like alcohol. A license to grow for sale would cost $5,000 to start and then $2,500 to renew each year, and a $50-per-ounce tax would be placed on retail sales. Ammiano said he hopes this would bring upward of $1.4 billion per year for drug abuse prevention efforts. No taxation would occur unless the federal marijuana ban is lifted; otherwise, the bill’s only effect would be legalization of personal cultivation and use. Ammiano held the bill in committee this year, and is now rewriting it to put it forth again in January.

The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010: Proposed by Oakland marijuana activists Richard Lee and Jeff Jones, it would legalize personal possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and up to 25 square feet of cultivation per home. It also would give local governments the option of whether to permit, regulate and tax commercial sales, a system akin to show alcohol is or isn’t sold in “wet” and “dry” counties in some states. This seems to be the measure to watch; the proponents say their petition drive is surging, and its endorsements include that of Oakland mayoral candidate and former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata.

The Tax, Regulate and Control Cannabis Act of 2010: Advanced by proponents Joe Rogoway, Omar Figueroa and James Clark, all of San Francisco, it would legalize personal cultivation and use without limits, but would require — not just allow — state and local governments to regulate and tax commercial marijuana cultivation and sales. Tax revenues would have to be spent on education, health care, environmental programs, public works and state parks.

I really like that last part about the tax revenues going toward eduaction and health care and other services involving improving peoples well being and lives. All of these would help everyone in this state and hopefully someday the nation. California’s pot crop is a $14-billion industry, putting it above vegetables ($5.7 billion) and grapes ($2.6 billion). If so, that could mean upward of $1 billion in tax revenue for the state each year. If anything can people to forget their expired religious beliefs its the all mighty dollar $. Lets get our heads together no matter who you are and legalize this innocent GOD GIVEN plant. In the words of Harvey Milk, I ask to ” RECRUIT YOU!” Power in numbers is how these initiatives have been taken sincerely by the suits both by the ridiculous revenue potential but most importantly WE THE PEOPLE! People have been petitioning and  getting names and support for these campaigns to become a reality! Continue the fight and become part of the solution that will change this state and nation!

Below our some sites containing for information regarding the plans mentioned and places to find out more on how to show your support for making a change !

www.taxcannabis2010.org.

www.californiacannabisinitiative.org.

NORML. good  all around site to get active and help out!

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