Who We Are

Tax the Pot is a Facebook group whose members support taxing and regulating marijuana. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?filter=app_2361831622#/group.php?gid=231621304796&ref=nf


Why Support Tax the Pot?
100 million Americans have used marijuana in their lives, 25mil in the past year, and 15mil in the past month. Prohibition has failed for 72 years to eradicate or even stifle marijuana use among the American public. Marijuana has reached an iconic status in pop culture with movies, television shows, and music dedicated to the subject. Marijuana is not going away. In fact a Gallop poll shows that 12% of Americans were in favor of legalization in 1969, climbing to 36% in 2005, and a CBS/NY Times poll showed 41% in 2009. Isn’t it time we face reality and pass legislation to regulate and tax marijuana? Tax the Pot is a proactive group of intelligent and responsible people dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition. WE ARE NOT a bunch of pot-heads wanting to get high without breaking the law. Those potheads have been breaking the law going against prohibition for so long now  that they could care less if it were legal, and most of them would probably prefer it remain illegal just to keep the governments hands out of it. 
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Tax the Pot Officially a Non-Profit Corporation

posted Feb 15, 2010, 9:03 PM by Brandon Widener

I have taken all the appropriate steps to make Tax the Pot a non-profit corporation. When all the paperwork is finalized we will begin soliciting donations which we will use to educate the public about prohibition, and advocate nation wide drug policy reform.  In the meantime if you want to help get things going financially you can donate here.  Donate!!

From Wikipedia Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act

posted Jan 14, 2010, 1:23 AM by Brandon Widener

UC Santa Cruz study shows that people living in Cannabis-tolerant cities like Amsterdam and San Francisco are no more or less likely to use the drug.[7] Opponents however, still see a "Pandora's box" being open in terms of legalizing another mind-altering substance. Regardless, prominent economists, specifically Jeffrey Miron,[8] support the regulation of Cannabis due to the heavy violence across the U.S. and Mexico border. Economists argue that regulation would put infamous drug cartels, especially Los Zetas, out of business, improve safety standards and allow for more open research about the drug.
Cannabis is also believed to be California's number one cash crop. In California, marijuana is a $14-billion industry, putting it above vegetables ($5.7 billion) and grapes ($2.6 billion).[5] AB 390 is projected to allow an additional economic benefit of $12 –18 billion.

Timeline

2009

  • February 23 — Read for the first time. To print.[2]
  • February 24 — From printer. May be heard in committee on March 26.[2]
  • March 9 — Referred to California State Assembly's Public Safety and Health Committees. Delayed until March 31.[2]
  • March 31 — Delayed: The bill is expected to be heard early 2010.[13]
  • 2010
  • January 12 — Bill passes California State Assembly's Public Safety Committee on a 4-3 vote.[14]
  • January 15 — Deadline for the Bill to be heard and passed by the Health Committee or have to be reintroduced

Information about the bill, including current status and history, can be found on California's legislative website

CALIFORNIA: LAWMAKERS CAST FIRST VOTE IN NEARLY 100 YEARS TO REPEAL MARIJUANA PROHIBITION

posted Jan 14, 2010, 12:48 AM by Brandon Widener

January 12th, 2010 By: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
http://blog.norml.org/2010/01/12/california-lawmakers-cast-first-vote-in-nearly-100-years-to-repeal-marijuana-prohibition/

Lawmakers on the California Assembly, Committee on Public Safety, voted 4 to 3 today in favor of Assembly Bill 390: The Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act — which seeks to legalize the production, distribution, and personal use of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. The vote is first time since 1913, when California became one of the first states in the nation to criminalize the use and possession of marijuana, that lawmakers have called for the repeal of cannabis prohibition.

Today’s vote marks the first time in nearly a century that California lawmakers have reassessed this failed criminal policy,” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano.  “Any risks presented by the use of marijuana by adults falls within the ambit of choice we should permit individuals in a free society.  It’s time replace the failings of marijuana prohibition with a policy of legalization, regulation and education. Today’s vote is a significant, albeit first step in this direction.

OR, CA, WA & NV marijuana efforts advance

posted Jan 13, 2010, 11:25 PM by Brandon Widener   [ updated Jan 16, 2010, 1:49 AM ]

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BY Oregon Tax News,

Pot appears to be back on the docket in 2010, as four states debate legalizing marijuana and the impacts such a move could have on businesses and the economy.  Business owners are concerned that legalization will make them subject to new discriminatory lawsuits for not hiring workers who use marijuana. Some states however are hopeful that the legalization and the sale of marijuana will bring new tax revenue to the state during difficult economic times.

In Oregon, the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) and Oregon NORML have finished gathering the 1,000 sponsorship signatures needed for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2010 (OCTA) to be placed on the ballot.  The OCTA, would set aside two percent of the profits from the sale of cannabis in cannabis-only stores for two state commissions that promote industrial hemp biodiesel, fiber, protein and oil.  The measure would legalize the sale, possession and personal private cultivation of marijuana.

People who want to cultivate and sell marijuana, or process commercial psychoactive cannabis, would be required to obtain a license from the state.  Adults could grow their own marijuana and the sale of all cannabis strains’ seeds and starter plants with no license, fee or registration.  Profits from the sale of pot would go to pay for state programs and drug treatment programs.  Proponents argue that the proceeds would generate millions of dollars toward public finances.

California has also managed to collect enough signatures to place a petition on the ballot by next November.  Advocates for legalizing marijuana in California argue that doing so, and taxing the drug, will generate much needed revenue for the cash strapped state,
potentially in excess of $1 billion per year.  The state is now facing a $22 billion budget deficit.  According to the Associated Press, the ballot proposal in California would legalize possession of marijuana up to one ounce for Californians age 21 and older. State residents could also cultivate small marijuana gardens, and local governments would decide whether or not to allow sales of the drug in their area.

Washington State lawmaker, Mary Lou Dickerson (D-Seattle), introduced a bill this month to legalize marijuana.  Under the bill, marijuana would be legal for persons 21 and older to use and possess, subject to regulations similar to those controlling alcohol.  Dickerson wants the legal pot to be grown by Washington farmers and sold in state liquor stores. Revenue from marijuana sales would pay for drug and alcohol treatment programs. Similar to other proponents across the nation, Dickerson believes Cannabis revenues will probably be comparable to those for alcohol, Dickerson said, which are at about $330 million yearly in Washington.

Nevada is the fourth state following suit, as a group called Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws announced another petition drive that could let voters deciding whether or not to legalize marijuana.  Past petitions have failed, but this time the law would be narrower and would only allow adults 21 years and older to use and transport up to one ounce of marijuana. Nevadans would not be permitted to use the drug in public places.  Thirty-nine percent of the state’s voters supported legalizing marijuana in 2002 and 44 percent backed it in 2006, campaign manager David Schwartz said he was confident the majority will support the petition if it secures a spot on the 2012 election ballot.

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10 Good Reasons For Legalization

posted Jan 8, 2010, 7:17 PM by Brandon Widener   [ updated Jan 8, 2010, 10:41 PM ]

1. It would keep rogue marijuana farms out of our national parks.

2. Marijuana tax revenues would easily clear $6 billion.

3. Takes major source of income away from street gangs.

4. Provides safe environment for people who will use regardless of law.

5. $7.7 billion saved by no longer enforcing prohibition.

6. Frees up space in prisons to house violent criminals instead.

7. Creates a multi-billion dollar industry = jobs 

8. Puts a major dent in Mexican drug cartels who destroy our national parks, and supply the majority of meth in the U.S.

9. Diverts a major source of income from illegal aliens.

10. Frees up law enforcement agencies to pursue real criminals.


Do Something About It

posted Jan 8, 2010, 2:53 PM by Brandon Widener   [ updated Jan 8, 2010, 3:32 PM ]

Worldwide Marijuana March May 1st (rain date 5/8) 2010
1/08/2010
181 cities have confirmed as of today that they will take part in a worldwide marijuana march to support legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate recreational marijuana. Email dana@cures-not-wars.org or call 212-677-7180 to add your city.

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