Tag: Tom Ammiano

  • Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for California’s Budget?

    Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for California’s Budget?

    December 3, 2009 – Marijuana is California’s largest agricultural commodity with $14 billion in sales yearly, distancing itself from the state’s second largest—milk and cream—which bring in $7.3 billion a year. But California’s coffers only receive a fraction of the marijuana sales, $200 million coming from the sale of medical marijuana. That could all change…

  • What would Marijuana Legalization look like?

    What would Marijuana Legalization look like?

    November 22, 2009 – With multiple initiatives in circulation and an Assembly bill gathering headlines, discussions about legalizing marijuana have become part of California’s political discourse. Advocates on one side argue that the result will be an economic boon as tax revenues rolls in and jails rid themselves of nonviolent offenders. Defenders of prohibition say…

  • California Capitol Debates Marijuana Legalization

    California Capitol Debates Marijuana Legalization

    October 29, 2009 – SACRAMENTO — Marijuana legalization advocates and law enforcement officials duked it out in a three-hour legislative hearing Wednesday on whether making the drug legal under state law would be good public policy. Advocates said legalization and regulation could bring as much as $1.4 billion in state and local excise and sales…

  • California Mulls Legalizing Marijuana

    California Mulls Legalizing Marijuana

    September 27, 2009 – In 1996, voters in California approved a referendum that made it legal for the first time in decades in the US for people to consume cannabis for medicinal purposes. More than a dozen states have followed suit since and several others – the most recent of which is Massachusetts – have…

  • States Weigh Tax On Marijuana

    August 24, 2009 – In these tough financial times, states and local municipalities are struggling to find new and creative ways to generate money to close budget gaps. In the state of California, some legislators are turning to another kind of green to generate some that can be spent. With an estimated $14 billion worth…

  • $1.4B Potential Pot Tax Going Up in Smoke in California

    $1.4B Potential Pot Tax Going Up in Smoke in California

    (CBS) – August 3, 2009 – There is talk in California of what you could call a radical idea for the cash-poor state to raise money. It’s controversial, but proponents say the plan could smoke out more than a billion dollars for the state, as CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports. It is an unusual…

  • Pot Activists file Ballot Measure in California

    Pot Activists file Ballot Measure in California

    July 29, 2009 – SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland pot activists fresh off a victory at local polls on the taxing of medical marijuana took their first official step Tuesday toward asking California voters to legalize pot. A proposed ballot measure filed with the California attorney general’s office would allow adults 21 and over to possess…

  • The Political Drive to Legalize Marijuana rolls on in California

    The Political Drive to Legalize Marijuana rolls on in California

    July 28, 2009 – OAKLAND, California (CNN) — Richard Lee greets students, shopkeepers and tourists as he rolls his wheelchair down Broadway at the speed of a brisk jog, hailing them with, “Hi. How ya doin’?” In this nine-block district of Oakland, California, called Oaksterdam, Lee is a celebrity. Oaksterdam is Lee’s brainchild, a small…

  • Is Marijuana the Answer to California's Budget Woes?

    Is Marijuana the Answer to California's Budget Woes?

    July 23, 2009 – Proponents of marijuana legalization have advanced plenty of arguments in support of their drug of choice — that marijuana is less dangerous than legal substances like cigarettes and alcohol; that pot has legitimate medical uses; that the money spent prosecuting marijuana offenses would be better used on more pressing public concerns.…

  • No Allure of the Forbidden Fruit-Inside Holland's "Half Baked" Pot Policy

    Amid Calls for Marijuana Legalization in the U.S., a look at the Lessons of the Dutch Approach July 14th, 2009 – When it comes to the debate over legalizing marijuana, even the president of the United States has a hard time keeping a straight face. After legalization questions got high ratings in an online town…