California pot tax goes down in flames
A bill to put an excise tax on medical marijuana was killed by a Senate panel after advocates for cannabis said it would put a financial burden on patients. Voters will consider another pot tax, however, in November with Prop. 64, which would legalize it. Ref. Source 3d.
Why this campaign to legalize pot is different
In November, California voters will again have the opportunity to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The Golden State's history with cannabis stretches back more than a century. For this year's effort, backers lined up key endorsements and were well funded. Ref. Source 4h.
Measure to legalize pot raises DUI concerns
With a ballot measure seeking to legalize recreational marijuana use, law enforcement officials worry the initiative fails to properly address the issue of drugged driving. There is no standard set in law for what THC level renders a driver unsafe. Ref. Source 8z.
Marijuana mega-fair expected to draw 30,000
The state's biggest pot celebration is being held this weekend in Sonoma County and is expected to draw up to 30,000 people. Now in its 13th year, the event is breaking records for the number of entries in a judged competition of cannabis products Ref. Source 2h.
Now that pot's legal, here is how to grow it
With the passage of Proposition 64, cannabis gardening and recreational use in the state became legal as of Jan. 1. Those wanting to grow pot are looking for cultivation tips. Legalization is expected to be a boon to the hydroponics industry. Ref. Source 7v.
I'm surprised it took California this long to legalize it. They seem the one state must likely to have been the first one to make it legal. Colorado and several others beat them to it. They should look to the states that have legalized it previously and how have they addressed drugged driving.
Does the tax revenue from the sale of alcohol and tobacco go for community improvement? I have yet to see a road or a community center sponsored by the smokers and drinkers of the community. It is nice in theory, but highly improbable. State and federal governments in 2011 took in 32 billion USD in tobacco taxes alone. That is a lot of community improvements… but yet… I am still asked for more money for books in our schools.
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What needs to be observed now that it is in full swing is not only if government gains a taxable revenue from it but if we aren't seeing an increase in driving while high on the stuff or other related crimes. I will also want to see if drug related crime goes up or down as pushers try to force sell the stronger stuff.
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