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MR HIP HOP HEAD
02-24-2009, 05:27 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state legislator is reviving the debate about legalizing marijuana as a way of raising money for cash-strapped state and local governments.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat, introduced a bill Monday that if approved by the California Legislature would put pot on the same legal footing as alcohol. Adults over the age of 21 would be allowed to buy it, and driving under the influence of marijuana would be prohibited.

Under Ammiano's proposal, which has been endorsed by some law enforcement officials, pot would be taxed at a rate of $50 per ounce and bring an estimated $1 billion into state coffers.

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana.

http://www.myfox11.com/global/story.asp?s=9891455

whitey
02-24-2009, 05:33 PM
yea i saw this shit today to. im guessing it wont happen. but i would say it is a possibility. things take baby steps in this country. with everything and anything look how long it took us to get a non white president. so thats why im not sure it will pass right now, but i think eventually yea.

Olive Oil Goombah
02-24-2009, 05:42 PM
lol.....california...

Ghost In The 'Lac
02-24-2009, 05:43 PM
its basically legal in Cali anyhow.

loads of folk got the "medication" card, and just walk into weedshops and buy whatever.

plus i think the punishment even if you dont have a med card is minimal.

If they do fully legalize it though, just think how many smokers are gonna relocate there :D

food for thought
02-24-2009, 05:44 PM
i saw a poll on cnn today that said 95% nationwide support legalising weed for additional tax revenue. so i guess it was related to this story.

i also saw that theyre(cali) thinking of releasing 4,000 prisoners cause of their fucked up state budget

Uncle Steezo
02-24-2009, 05:45 PM
if its gonna happen it will happen now.

its all about money. you got folks at the end of their rope. if legalizing weed can be spun into a few extra dollars in the pocket it will happen. fear based politics.

by 2010 you will be able to push anything thru if it means money in the pocket., watch.
its gonna be like 911 and terrorism. "this bill will stop terrorists from downloading mp3s" ahahahaha.

Killa BB
02-24-2009, 05:45 PM
California may soon be overpopulated... just a prediction...

Crackhead Bob
02-24-2009, 05:46 PM
haahaaahaah the state gets $800 a pound LOL

Uncle Steezo
02-24-2009, 05:52 PM
haahaaahaah the state gets $800 a pound LOL
but thats considerably less than what they get for arrresting someone witth a pound.

but then again the state might "touch" more lbs legally than criminally.

idk

how do they know if you weed is bootleg or not.

microchipped buds?

whitey
02-24-2009, 06:20 PM
they may get 800 a pound in tax, but the real price of weed would have to drop dramatically to get it worth drug dealers while to not keep doing it illegally.

pot essentially is a weed though and in reality it should be priced accordingly. a couple dollars a pound in all actuality. but there has to be a little profit on top of its real cost or no one would grow it.

but most profit on weed (or any other drug for that mater) is based on the fact that it is illegal, and all the inherent dangers that that brings. i.e. jailtime, risk of robbery or murder, no legal police protection for your product and self, risk of loosing crop ect. all of that contributes to inflate the real price of weed/drugs by literally 100's to 1000's of %.

L~>1<~NKS
02-24-2009, 06:20 PM
The monetary system should be abolished

Much respeck to the Left Side tho

ALCATRAZ
02-24-2009, 06:30 PM
everyone out here is stoned even the lawyers

Rode Block
02-24-2009, 07:11 PM
^lol, I went up to UC Berkley the other day and I seen people just chilling out in campus smoking joints n shit...

And in Cali right now you can't get arrested unless you're carrying more than one ounce, anything less and you just get some citation which comes with minimal fines. Weeds is basically legal here, all you have to do to get a prescription is say your stressed and your head hurts.

whitey
02-24-2009, 07:11 PM
its the same everywhere.

you really would be suprised at he amount of people such as doctors lawyers, businessmen, politicians ect. that smoke weed. they just dont broadcast it and in all actuality discourage people from knowing.

its a little different in cali, it can be flaunted a bit more.

those people just do/act in a way thats "good for business".

they are people too, just because they chose to go to school for like 10 years to be a doc doenst mean docs dont like to indulge a bit like the rest of us. (and im talking a low % of those people that do it, but in terms of actual numbers of people its still significant)

Olive Oil Goombah
02-24-2009, 07:19 PM
I hope they never legalize cuz i love watching burnouts waste energy on this type of shit.

food for thought
02-24-2009, 07:38 PM
^lol, I went up to UC Berkley the other day and I seen people just chilling out in campus smoking joints n shit...

And in Cali right now you can't get arrested unless you're carrying more than one ounce, anything less and you just get some citation which comes with minimal fines. Weeds is basically legal here, all you have to do to get a prescription is say your stressed and your head hurts.

same over here in Denver

Killa BB
02-24-2009, 07:56 PM
same over here in Denver

They have weed in Denver???

the silencer
02-24-2009, 08:04 PM
oh, California.....how i love thee

Olive Oil Goombah
02-24-2009, 08:05 PM
same over here in Denver

haha...oh shit, y did u do that to urself.

Dick Cheney
02-24-2009, 08:22 PM
If they ever try legalize coke I'm just gonna say fuck it and nuke all of you.

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Marwan
02-24-2009, 08:37 PM
California may soon be overpopulated... just a prediction...

It already is..all able bodied Mexicans have reloctated here (85% of them illegally) and it appears that Southern Cali has been annexed by Mexico as a Mexican territory......

Killa BB
02-24-2009, 08:41 PM
Are you serious? No wonder...

TheBoarzHeadBoy
02-24-2009, 09:50 PM
Here's my formula:

As a pound has 448 grams in it and a gram is enough for a cigarette (joints sound less legit)
So people could buy in the same measurements they're used to.

A "Single" Cigarette
A "Pack" of 28 Cigarettes
A "Carton" of 448 Cigarettes

This would be standard procedure.

As a person would theoretically smoke a joint proportionate to a pack of cigarettes ie. 1 joint a day-1 pack a day, two joints is like two packs ect.

So a reasonable price for a legal joint would be about the same as a pack of cigarettes or a half decent cigar.

So a single gram joint would cost you about two dollars which is a far shot from the bullshit 15+ dollars you could be forking out for one in the state of illegality.

So this leads to:

A "Single" Cigarette: $2.00
A "Pack" of 28 Cigarettes: $50.00 (saving 6 bucks)
A "Carton" of 448 Cigarettes: $700.00 (saving 196 bills)

So a pound of weed could be purchased for 700 bucks... Awesome?

Government takes an obscene 20% but factored in that's 160: 40 cents a ciggie.

At the pound (a good years worth) they get 140 bucks which multiplied by the number of smokers (everybody) is a lot of cream for the gov.

So they take their 140 bucks and spend 10% of that on anti drug, 40% on education, and 50% on paying state employees.

I think that would be legit use.

whitey
02-24-2009, 09:54 PM
actually not bad. obvi we both know it would be a bit more complicated but thats a good framework.

Prolifical ENG
02-24-2009, 10:01 PM
Since right after the prohibition days of alcohol in the 20's where I live the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has a monopoly on selling liquor in the province. There were talks of privatizing it but the province isn't letting go of $1.2 billion in profit. Its a pain in the fuckin ass buying overpriced liquor but like said already in this thread all about that money.

If they tried to suddenly do this in any US state it would be total chaos and riots everywhere but I guess after a few generations of dealing with this its just that way.

whitey
02-24-2009, 10:04 PM
why would there be riots because they legalized weed?

who would be rioting?

Prolifical ENG
02-24-2009, 10:06 PM
why would there be riots because they legalized weed?

who would be rioting?

im talking about booze suddenly being controlled by the state. maybe not riots..could be but there would be a lot of angry people who need to buy beer for over $30 for a case.

Its almost a parallel case of trying to get an extra billion of annual income but with the lcbo has been dependent of it on years

TSA
02-24-2009, 11:31 PM
i think this is a great idea

whitey
02-25-2009, 12:42 AM
im talking about booze suddenly being controlled by the state. maybe not riots..could be but there would be a lot of angry people who need to buy beer for over $30 for a case.

Its almost a parallel case of trying to get an extra billion of annual income but with the lcbo has been dependent of it on years


ok ok ok my bad, i misunderstood what your wrote. yea i dont think people would be happy about in this country but i still think they would just buy it. no riots, hah that shit would be funny, the beer riots. :beer:

TheBoarzHeadBoy
02-25-2009, 01:25 PM
I doubt that Uncle Sam is going to regulate it like hard liquor.

Its probably gonna be soft alcohol for all intents and purposes. Age 21 to purchase, Illegal when driving, prohibited in public, you can grow your own (like beer can be home brewed but whiskey can't.)

I could be wrong, but that's the most sensible way to do it (which means nothing for the government that made it illegal...)