Tax It Before You Smoke It, California

Thursday, March 25, 2010 , , 10 Comments

Finally, California has decided to do something productive to get revenue into our fine state without taxing residents to death. Well, it's still a tax but it's a voluntary one and that's something JDA can totally support.

LA Times:

An initiative to legalize marijuana and allow it to be sold and taxed will appear on the November ballot, state election officials announced Wednesday, triggering what will probably be a much-watched campaign that once again puts California on the forefront of the nation's debate over whether to soften drug laws.

The number of valid signatures reported by Los Angeles County, submitted minutes before Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline, put the measure well beyond the 433,971 it needed to be certified. Supporters turned in 694,248 signatures, collecting them in every county except Alpine. County election officials estimated that 523,531 were valid.

Go, California!

(in Oakland, medical marijuana is already taxed to death so I'm fairly sure that means Oakland pot smokers will be heading to the city for their fix but I have no idea what you are talking about)

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Anonymous said...

Most people have a set income, whatever that might be, and if they spend their money on pot and the associated tax they won't be spending it on something else that generates tax revenue and creates other jobs. I'm not seeing any new money. Maybe I'm missing something, but hey, I say smoke 'em if you got 'em. Nothing makes sense anymore.

Excellent point, however, when it comes to recreational items, be it porn, video games, prostitutes, pot, whatever, the data shows that in a deep recession, people will scrape together their pennies to pay for their distraction.

Unfortunately pot smoking doesn't lead to motivation so those folks are pretty unlikely to run out and get second jobs (who has a first?!) to pay for their goodies.

Oh well.

malus Diaz said...

The other problem, if its legalized, people will just grow it them selves... taxes averted!!

The actual good news is the state will stop spending money prosecuting them, guess its better to save then earn.

People pretty much do that already, mD. My 80 year old Chinese landlord and his wife each have a card and I believe are allowed 10 plants each - do you know how much 10 plants is?! Certainly more than either of their old arthritic asses would ever smoke in a lifetime.

I think the state is a bit delusional over just how much money could come as a result of this but if nothing else hopefully it will get the big time pot dealers out of prison where they DON'T belong so we can get the child molesters and rapists back IN. although it's too late for the 3 strikes pot dealers who are doing life for a few ounces and already hardened into violent criminals from being locked up so long.

Gotta love my state =/

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the picture. It's our future.

kliguy38 said...

forgot what I wuz gonna say

Pass me some of what you got, Kli... ;)

malus Diaz said...

Smoke weed everyday =)

Other wise known as

"I get all interpersonal when I smoke weed, i just want to go out an play in the dirt!"

But really, the mark and height of a society is when Molesters go free. In most societies, there is no trial.
The fact that they can go free, is like the ...height of Rome.

The good news is that the society that emerges at the other end of this starts the wave of galactic expansion.

If only Harry Seldon could see a way to Jump past this, but such is reality and quantum , ah well!

Long Physical Pop Corn & Coconut Oil for the spectacular show.

-For the record the word is: imitare exactly how I would spell it because I am!

"Long Physical Pop Corn & Coconut Oil for the spectacular show."

mD PLEASE let me borrow that for my new headline, that is genius...

malus Diaz said...

Of Course!