For Californians, legalizing marijuana seems closer than ever. Marijuana is the number one used drug in the United States. California, currently one of 14 states, allows people to grow and consume marijuana for medical purposes. Advocates for legalizing marijuana officially secured enough signatures to put a referendum on the California ballot this November.
The ballot, probably being the most watched in history, gives the right for citizens to vote to legalize, sell, and tax pot. According to Tax Cannabis 2010.org, the Board of Equalization (BOE) states that the controlling and taxing of cannabis in California could generate $1.4 billion in much needed revenue each year. These funds could go towards jobs, public safety, health-care, parks, roads, transportation, and more. The law would give the right for adults over 21 to legally buy pot like they would alcohol.
The revenue could generate an additional $12-18 billion a year for California’s economy from spin-off industries like coffeehouses, tourism, and of course snack-food. Buyers can only buy an ounce at a time so do not rely on Costco to buy in bulk or for free samples. The law would prohibit citizens from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. The law maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired.
For more information on the law go to TaxCannabis2010.org. Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Cougar News.