Taxing pot could become a political toking point - Los Angeles Times
another quote from Ammiano on the issue, albeit from a different source (one that is admittedly biased, but at the front lines on the issue, and its the quote that is of note):An assemblyman from San Francisco announced legislation Monday to do just that: make California the first state in the nation to tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.
NORML Blog Blog Archive NORML Breaking News: California Assemblyman Introduces Legislation To Tax And Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
Yes it really is common sense, public opinion in CA is in favor of legalization of marijuana, question is is the state legislature ready for it, could California's financial woes be the impetus for a state finally adopting realistic Marijuana legislation??“With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move towards regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense. This legislation would generate much needed revenue for the state, restrict access to only those over 21, end the environmental damage to our public lands from illicit crops, and improve public safety by redirecting law enforcement efforts to more serious crimes”, Assemblyman Ammiano said. “California has the opportunity to be the first state in the nation to enact a smart, responsible public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana.”
I think Ammiano is my new hero.. Kudos!