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California city taxes weed to escape deficit - mothandrust - 07-22-2009


California city taxes weed to escape deficit


Against the backdrop of budget deficits across the Golden State, the Californian city of Oakland votes yes to a proposal to tax the sale of medical marijuana.

Nearly 80 percent of Oakland voters endorsed the idea to make the city the first in the United States to impose taxes on medical marijuana proceeds.

To celebrate the approval, supporters hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes at Oaksterdam University where some students train to work in the marijuana industry.

Cannabis is California's biggest cash crop. It is valued at $14 billion annually.

"It is important because the city of Oakland is facing a massive deficit like many jurisdictions in California," CNN quoted Steve DeAngelo, a leader of one of the city's cannabis clubs, as saying. "And we decided to step up to the plate and make a contribution to the city in a time of need."

Some anti-drug fighters say the tax measure sends the wrong message. The City Council in Oakland, however, has a different opinion.

"Given that the medical cannabis dispensaries are something that was legalized in California, why not have revenue from it?" said councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan.

The new measure places a 1.8 percent gross receipts tax on the four licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Oakland.

The endorsement comes after Democrat Tom Ammiano earlier this year introduced a bill that if approved, would allow the recreational use of marijuana in the state of California.

Under the bill, people of over 21 years of age would be able to grow, buy, sell and possess cannabis.

link - http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=10131...ctionid=3510203



California city taxes weed to escape deficit - Easy Skanking - 07-22-2009

Oakland looks like a promised land now.:LOL:


California city taxes weed to escape deficit - --- - 07-22-2009

Big up Oakland!:)I spent a bunch of time in Oakland when I was in the states. Have good memories of the area. 80%! yo, nice place cool town. I'd still rather have the untaxed illicit material though tbh..would resent the price hike for the man even though it's a half step in the right direction. my bad!! *shrug*


California city taxes weed to escape deficit - Easy Skanking - 07-22-2009

Quote:Under the bill, people of over 21 years of age would be able to grow, buy, sell and possess cannabis.

According to that, you don't have to go through the man or the system to get weed. Grow it yourself for your own usage and the authorities stay where they should be...out of our lives and houses.


California city taxes weed to escape deficit - --- - 07-22-2009

Quote:
Quote:Under the bill, people of over 21 years of age would be able to grow, buy, sell and possess cannabis.

According to that, you don't have to go through the man or the system to get weed. Grow it yourself for your own usage and the authorities stay where they should be...out of our lives and houses.

er..haha didn't read it throughly enough..my bad..well, in that case.. I best put SF on my round the world ticket after Portugal :chill pill:


California city taxes weed to escape deficit - SiLVa - 07-22-2009

Quote:
Quote:
Quote:Under the bill, people of over 21 years of age would be able to grow, buy, sell and possess cannabis.

According to that, you don't have to go through the man or the system to get weed. Grow it yourself for your own usage and the authorities stay where they should be...out of our lives and houses.

er..haha didn't read it throughly enough..my bad..well, in that case.. I best put SF on my round the world ticket after Portugal :chill pill:

Sounds good to me. I also heard they have a big cannabis culture in Oakland. Thats why the new nickname for that part of the city is Oaksterdam. The cannabis growing university is based there as well.
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http://www.oaksterdamuniversity.com/


California city taxes weed to escape deficit - --- - 07-22-2009

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California city taxes weed to escape deficit - Guest - 07-27-2009

Tax the sick? WTF? And people here gave this props?

How about they tax your granddad's blood pressure meds.... how would you feel then?


California city taxes weed to escape deficit - --- - 07-28-2009

I'm not giving it props. I see it for what it is but being able to freely grow and/or walk around with a bag/blaze one up where you wish is surely nevertheless almost idyllic sounding compared to the punishments enorced in almost every land on the globe at mo.