Just legalize the damn thing already!

17Jul09

Calif. tax officials: Legal pot would bring $1.4B From AP:

6a00e54f93504f883400e5511b054a8834-800wi“SAN FRANCISCO — A bill to tax and regulate marijuana in California like alcohol would generate nearly $1.4 billion in revenue for the cash-strapped state, according to an official analysis released Wednesday by tax officials.”

1.4 Billion in revenue? (Eyes go wide, I spitspray out my drink all over my computer). Come on! This is much needed dough for California’s impoverished school systems!  I went to a public school in California and me no learn English so good there.  Believe me, these schools need help – BADLY.

“The State Board of Equalization report estimates marijuana retail sales would bring $990 million from a $50-per-ounce fee and $392 million in sales taxes.”

Wait a tic – I haven’t bought weed since college – I thought an ounce cost a lot more than $50.  Niiiiiice.  AND it would eliminate the sketchy, stinky, drug dealers that make you hang out with them after they give you a good deal on the weed.  Yes.  I like this.

“We can’t borrow or slash our way out of this deficit,” said Stephen Gutwillig, California state director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “The legislature must consider innovative sources of new revenue, and marijuana should be at the top of that list.”

But seriously, yo.  Enough with the tomfoolery, mmmkay?  Just legalize the damn thing already!

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