Democratic lawmakers seek to decriminalize and tax pot

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bobber1956 wrote:

If the Feds are going to tax it what do we get for the tax? We are paying far too many taxes now to get nothing.

Feb 05, 2013 12:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
spca wrote:

the states would have the blessings to enforce this illegal drug tax levy but no states right in illegal immigration. two faced president and liberals

Feb 05, 2013 1:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
morbas wrote:

“U.S. drug officials have classified marijuana as an illegal drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse since 1970.” Oh but if you pay the czar, it’s ok.

Doctors classify sugar as having no medical use also used abusively. “If sugar was recently introduced it woud be a regulated drug”.

The DOT and MAD classify alcohol as having no medical use also used abusively.

Now marijuana does have medical use (glacoma and non-addictive pain medication), and is easy to grow, a pharmaceutical nightmare. Just payoff the USA political czar.

Above comments are IMHO. I do not use the stuff.

Feb 05, 2013 1:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mikemm wrote:

The GOP is taking the bait, but they just can’t help themseves. Everything like this that they block or oppose that the majority of Americans are for chalks up yet another point in the Democrat’s column and takes one away from the GOP. The party of no and opposition is re-enforcing that label on themselves in every action they take and the Democrats would be wise to keep bills coming that have popular support and opposition from the GOP.

Between this and the growing divide between the mainstream GOP and the far right factions, the GOP needs to get its act together or the brand could go from being already damaged to toxic.

Feb 05, 2013 2:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thatsrite wrote:

And the medicinal virtues of alcohol?The young adults i interact with on an informal level have related to me the fact that they do not drink at the same rate as my generation did,and i feel they will be the better for it.

Feb 05, 2013 2:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
thatsrite wrote:

And the medicinal virtues of alcohol?The young adults i interact with on an informal level have related to me the fact that they do not drink at the same rate as my generation did,and i feel they will be the better for it.

Feb 05, 2013 2:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
whatha wrote:

I sure hope this flys. IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! of course, there will be states that will never be smart enough to take advantage of this potential cash generator.

Feb 05, 2013 2:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

spca
It is NOT illegal in our State. The Feds need to back off..on illegal immigrants as well I agree with you on that.

mikemm

I am a conservtive and voted to legalize pot in our state along with thousands others. You are a bigot. Your idiot obama is getting in our way on many other issues as well.

Feb 05, 2013 2:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
victor672 wrote:

The Democrats would tax their mothers’ feces if it were possible. And the phrase isn’t “running foul”, it’s “running afoul”, Susan Heavey.

Feb 05, 2013 2:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tjordanchat wrote:

What do you get for the tax? Hmmm. How about you get to stay out of jail!

Feb 05, 2013 3:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
E-Train wrote:

This would also decriminalize Hemp a wonderful non-hallucinogenic cousin that is a great multi-year crop. The cartels would not like this.
The billions spent in the drug war has done nothing to the street price! Legalize it and I will advertise it!

Feb 05, 2013 3:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NickySalads wrote:

You only need to look at one thing-

you can DIE from consuming too much alcohol.

you CANNOT die from consuming too much marijuana. It would take roughly 24,000 times the amount it takes to get you high to even possibly kill you.

Feb 05, 2013 3:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dave_K wrote:

If they are going to regulate marijuana like alcohol don’t you think it would make sense to tax it like alcohol? A 50% tax is an attempt to destroy something that is safer than alcohol or tobacco. Taxes should serve some public interest not the interests of greedy prohibitionist politicians.

Feb 05, 2013 3:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GoCardinal wrote:

The war on drugs only enriches drug lords. It is in all other regards completely ineffective. The Federal prohibition on marijuana is leading to the crumbling of Mexican civil society. Already there are several Mexican cities where drug gangs are the de facto government, collecting taxes and enforcing laws. If republicans think we have an immigration problem now, just wait until the Mexican central government collapses altogether and the cartels take over.

Feb 05, 2013 4:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hurtsdonut wrote:

Pitiful that politicians are willing to compromise integrity and sacrifice our society for a few easy re-election votes. Screw the future, vote for me & fire up a doobie. Does one of the least productive nations on Earth really need more people sitting on the couch watching reruns all day?

With everything our country faces right now, why is anyone concerned with this? Imagine if they put that amount of attention into something useful and productive.

As for this imaginary wealth of tax revenue, I don’t know too many stoners that would diligently report their sales/purchases. They are not exactly known for following rules.

Feb 06, 2013 7:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

“Critics say that despite widespread use and acceptance, the drug, derived from the cannabis plant and usually smoked, carries health risks, especially for youth. ”

I wonder how many people these critics know who have smoked pot almost everyday since high school and also have successful careers. I know several people I graduated high school with 20 years ago who still smoke just about every day. Some are doctors, lawyers and in other professions making great money. I know others who have also smoked everyday and are fairly worthless human beings doing almost nothing with their lives. I know others who who do not smoke and whose lives are fairly worthless anyway. I agree that marijuana is not harm free but some people are going to be losers whether they are stoned or not.

Feb 06, 2013 11:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
Concernedcitz wrote:

It is not the perfect course to take but it is fiscally and socially the best responsive thing to do in light of our culture and our fiscal mess.

Feb 06, 2013 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Concernedcitz wrote:

Feb 05, 2013 2:22pm EST — Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:
spca
It is NOT illegal in our State. The Feds need to back off..on illegal immigrants as well I agree with you on that.

mikemm

I am a conservtive and voted to legalize pot in our state along with thousands others. You are a bigot. Your idiot obama is getting in our way on many other issues as well.

Bobber1956 – your hard core my-way-or-the-highway insane tea party is in the way of my President, so get your carcasses out of the way! See you 2014 to let you know how much you and your agenda are disliked.

Feb 06, 2013 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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